Masterclass: How to Write Fiction

Masterclass: How to Write Fiction

Writing into the unknown
  • Rupert Thomson - Arvon tutor
    Rupert Thomson
Date Friday February 23rd 2024, 11:00-13:00 GMT
Location Online

‘The gift is the territory. What follows is the adventure’. The words belong to the pioneering jazz musician, Ornette Coleman, but they have been important to Rupert Thomson for most of his writing life. Rupert Thomson has published thirteen critically-acclaimed novels and an award-winning memoir, and has attracted a readership that has included David Bowie, Samantha Morton, and Radiohead.

In this masterclass, he looks at the territory you are gifted when you start work on a piece of fiction. How do you recognise it? How do you enter it? And once you find yourself inside it, how do you know which way to go? Also, what if you get lost?

Rupert Thomson talks about writing into the unknown, and the elation, the misgivings and the surprises that come with it. This will be a chance to learn about process – about the primacy of intuition, and about the crucial shift into a more self-critical mode as you begin to edit yourself.

If writing fiction is a journey, it’s an unpredictable one. When you reach the end, you will often find yourself in a place you couldn’t have imagined when you started out. This is a class for anyone willing to embark on that adventure.

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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