Masterclass: Contemporary Non-Fiction

Masterclass: Contemporary Non-Fiction

Other peoples' histories
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    Bella Bathurst
Date Tuesday September 26th 2023, 19:00-21:00 BST
Location Online

Non-Fiction used to be simple: just pick your easily-defined categories (memoir, nature, military history), and deliver something that fits the formula. But recently, the whole genre has begun to melt, one element flowing into another, biography becoming memoir turning into reportage. So how should you set about writing contemporary non-fiction now, particularly when you’re trying to paint an accurate and intimate portrait of another person? How do you blend research, biography, journalism, oral history and documentary to make something simaultaneously close, true and compelling? This session will look at the tools you can use, as well as at some unpredictable influences on the genre, so you can begin to enliven your writing and move it on up to the next level.

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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