Masterclass: How to Teach Creative Writing

Masterclass: How to Teach Creative Writing

The nose-to-tail of creative writing workshops
  • Marina Benjamin Life Writing Course Tutor
    Marina Benjamin
Date Tuesday July 11th 2023, 19:00-21:00 BST
Location Online

If you’re a teacher of creative writing looking to develop your skills, this two-hour Masterclass with Marina Benjamin, author of a trilogy of memoirs and experienced creative writing tutor, will offer guidance, tools, and fresh inspiration. Marina will cover the nose-to-tail elements of designing a workshop, from the importance of introductions, warm-ups and ice-breakers to temperature checks and benchmarks – the various ways you can get to know a large group at speed. We’ll look at how you do something meaningful in an hour versus how to keep the energy up in a day-long workshop; how to choose resources; how to gamify content; how to extract layered discussion from set texts and how to think about your workshop in terms of moveable modules. Whether you’re a writer keen to explore teaching, a secondary school teacher or community educator, this session will enable you to plan and structure a workshop that is effective, motivating, and entirely your own. This is part of Arvon’s How to Teach Creative Writing Masterclass strand.

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: £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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