Masterclass: Lessons from Speculative Fiction

Masterclass: Lessons from Speculative Fiction

Harnessing the power of 'what if?'
  • Sophie Mackintosh Arvon tutor
    Sophie Mackintosh
Date Tuesday April 11th 2023, 19:00 - 21:00 BST
Location Online

Speculative fiction isn’t just for sci-fi writers: in fact, whatever genre of fiction you’re writing, from literary to historical, thinking speculatively can prove fruitful. Giving yourself permission to imagine freely, to think outside the constraints of realism, and to conjure worlds and scenarios where things are different can give your work a freshness and a new perspective. This masterclass with Sophie Mackintosh, Man Booker-nominated author of The Water Cure, will prompt you to see the everyday world in a more uncanny way, full of possibility, encouraging you to approach image, character, and setting from engaging new angles. You’ll be given the means to create original and vivid settings, move past creative blocks, and reconnect with the pure delight of writing without restraint.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar (19:00-21:00), 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: £35

Concessions: £17.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of 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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