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Masterclass: Writing Difficult Stories
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Masterclass: Writing Difficult Stories

‘But how do I write about…that?’
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    Noreen Masud
Date Tuesday September 3rd 2024, 19:00-21:00 BST
Location Online

Writers of memoir often get stuck on particular moments in their narrative. Sometimes it’s a painful memory, which we’re not sure how to tackle. Sometimes it’s an event which involved other people, whom we’re worried about hurting. How do we write our way through different sorts of difficult events on our memoir journeys? This masterclass with Women’s Prize For Non-Fiction-shortlisted memoirist Noreen Masud offers a range of strategies for tackling these difficult moments. We’ll discuss, and try out, different ways of thinking about and depicting tricky episodes in non-fiction narratives – many of which have ‘turned the light on’ for other writers.

Please note: 1. There will be no pressure to share what you write in the Zoom chatbox – only an invitation, which you may accept or refuse freely, to reflect on the experience of writing. 2. Since this masterclass involves testing out ways of writing through difficult experiences, it’s advisable to ensure that you allow yourself time to decompress, with or without a trusted person, after the class.


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: £40

Concessions: £20

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, 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.

We are committed to making our Arvon at Home programme accessible to as many people as possible.

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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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