Masterclass: Writing From Professional Experience

Masterclass: Writing From Professional Experience

Creating Compelling Non-Fiction from Your Work Life
  • Rachel Clarke Arvon writing tutor
    Rachel Clarke
Date Tuesday January 30th 2024, 19:00 - 21:00 GMT
Location Online

Fire fighters, nurses, cleaners, brain surgeons, fighter pilots, teachers, carers . . . Over the past ten years there has been a huge appetite for non-fiction books capturing the unique experiences of peoples’ work lives. Join Dr Rachel Clarke for this inspiring Masterclass in which she will share with you some of the tools to create a compelling narrative from your professional experience. How do you know which parts of your work will be interesting for others to read? What makes your experience in your role of wider interest to readers? What are the ethical and legal implications of sharing your professional life on the page? Why are you the perfect person to tell this story and how can you make the professional personal and into a must-read narrative? How do you avoid becoming too jargonistic? Using her own experience of having carved out three books shining a light on the world of the doctor, Rachel will guide and inspire you to turn to your own experience and breathe life into writing about it.

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.

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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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