Masterclass: Getting To the Heart of Your Story | Getting Out of Your Own Way in the Drafting and Editing Process | Arvon
Masterclass: Getting To the Heart of Your Story

Masterclass: Getting To the Heart of Your Story

Getting Out of Your Own Way in the Drafting and Editing Process
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    Melissa Broder
Date Tuesday July 2nd 2024, 19:00-21:00 BST / 14:00-16:00 EDT
Location Online

In crafting and editing a novel, there are often two different drives at play: our conception of what the text is ‘about’ vs. the story that wants to be told. How, as writers, do we dismantle our egos, transcend the clutter of the conscious mind, and surrender control – even in a rigorous editing process – to tap into the fundamental heart of a story (and craft the plot points that will transmit deeper meaning)?

In this masterclass with prize-winning American author Melissa Broder, you will be given a toolkit for doing just that. Through discussion and writing exercises, we will explore the myriad elements, both psychological and strategic, that constitute the (re-)drafting and editing process. We will also discuss the outlining of your work, and how, like the ship of Theseus, it can evolve as you write and edit.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar, so you can take the session at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.

Online: £40

Concessions: £20

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price.

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"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."
— Masterclass participant
"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."
— Masterclass participant
"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."
— Masterclass participant



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