Masterclass: Travel Writing

Masterclass: Travel Writing

A Journey in Modern Travel Writing
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    Sophy Roberts
Date Friday June 30th 2023, 11:00-13:00 BST
Location Online

Does travel writing still have a place on our bookshelves in an over-travelled world? How is it being modernised to throw off its complicated past: the habits of ‘othering’, and the long tail of colonialism? What is the genre’s modern scope, and who are the new voices shaking things up? In this Masterclass, travel writer Sophy Roberts will discuss ways to avoid the pitfalls of the genre, and how to find an original approach. The class will examine structural devices to frame (and disrupt) the narrative arc of a classic journey. We will have class exercises in writing instinctively about place. We will analyse the impact of good noticing, and methods of research in the field. We will talk about cultural sensitivity, the ‘I’ voice in travel writing, the responsibility of telling someone else’s story, and how to find the ‘point’ to a journey that merits the commitment it takes to write 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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