Masterclass: Tact, Instinct and Tone in Your Fiction

Masterclass: Tact, Instinct and Tone in Your Fiction

Zoom Masterclass with Colm Tóibín
  • Colm Tóibín
Date Tuesday November 22nd 2022, 19:00 - 21:00 BST
Location Online

Colm Tóibín is one of the most celebrated writers at work today. He has published ten novels, two story collections and nine works of non-fiction, and he has won over a dozen major literary awards: most recently the Rathbones Folio Prize for The Magician and the David Cohen Prize for lifetime achievement. He is also a celebrated critic, speaker and teacher.

In this Masterclass, Colm Tóibín looks at the idea of tact and instinct in the writing of fiction – also the idea of tone: of finding, holding and wielding it. This is an exciting opportunity to gain insights from a master of the form, and to enlighten and enhance your own writing practice.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar (19:00-21:00), 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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