Masterclass: The Essay

Masterclass: The Essay

Zoom Masterclass with Brian Dillon
  • Brian Dillon
Date Tuesday October 18th 2022, 19:00 - 21:00 BST
Location Online

The essay is having a moment – this ancient form of writing (often overlooked) suddenly feels very contemporary. Whether personal or polemical, poetic or journalistic, the essay is a genre in its own right. But why do we write essays? And how?

In this two-hour masterclass, essayist, critic and memoirist Brian Dillon will explore voice, tone, structure and research, as well as where your essays might live in the world. Short writing exercises and some brief examples of writing by great essayists will help you think about where to begin and where the essay might wander.

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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