Masterclass: Starting to Write a Novel

Masterclass: Starting to Write a Novel

Zoom Masterclass with Melody Razak
  • Melody Razak
Date Friday November 4th 2022, 11:00 - 13:00 GMT
Location Online

We are always told to write sparingly and cut away at the adjectives but what about all those details that matter? The ones that help us build layers of character and place and atmosphere? This masterclass will look closely at how the right word, the right detail can help the reader stumble and snag and fix on a certain point in the fiction, how they will then absorb this snag, how they will keep it long after the page is closed. Detail can also lend palpability to abstractions and capture the essence of a single human truth. They can also be a branch of free indirect style piercing the thoughts of a particular character and drawing the reader in even closer. Too much detail can be cloying, it can slow the pace, interrupt the action and alienate the reader. Through short writing exercises, and through examining sample texts, this masterclass will help you to get the detail just right.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar (11:00-13:00), 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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