Masterclass: Bringing the Landscape to Life

Masterclass: Bringing the Landscape to Life

New ways to think about place
  • John Grindrod Non Fiction Course UK
    John Grindrod
Date Tuesday December 5th 2023, 19:00-21:00 GMT
Location Online

What kind of environments fire your imagination? Architectural grandeur or crumbling dereliction? Wild landscapes or carefully curated gardens? A building you feel intimately connected to, or somewhere quite alien? In this Masterclass place and social history writer John Grindrod will help you think of new ways to help write yourself into buildings and landscapes, working out what makes a great setting to write about, and how to find a new angle to explore in the most familiar of locations. We’ll think about how we can synthesize research with on-the-ground responses and will try some exercises to help us think differently about place: how to evoke its mood, character and strangeness, to make it exciting afresh for the reader. Perhaps most importantly, we’ll free ourselves from the expectations of how certain places ‘should’ be written about and responded to. Instead, we’ll find new ways of expressing our own voices and personalities through our experience of different landscapes – and to help turn those disparate responses and places into a strong idea for a book.

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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