Non-Fiction

Uncovering your story, finding your voice

Monday January 27th - Saturday February 1st 2020

The Hurst

If you are thinking of embarking on a non-fiction work or you are in the the middle (muddle) of a non-fiction project and in need of some fresh impetus then this is the week for you. Whether on personal or social themes non-fiction at its best should be artful, so we will focus on the different elements at play in putting together a compelling story or argument: honing your narrative skills, exploring the art of the interview, while making sure all your key themes work together (or in counterpoint). We will also explore strategies to keep your reader gripped throughout from uncovering a strong authorial voice to developing characterisation, dialogue and the all-important art of self-editing.

Single room price: £835

 

This course is available half-price for Arvon 18-25 members and benefits-related concessions.

COURSE TUTORS

The Hurst front

The Hurst

The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, were the former home of playwright John Osborne.

THE COURSE AT A GLANCE

Writing course tutor delivering a workshop at Lumb Bank

Monday

Arrive late afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.

one-to-one tutorial at Lumb Bank

Tuesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. Tutors read from their work in the evening.

Course participants writing at the workshop table at The Hurst

Wednesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. In the evening a guest speaker joins the group.

Course participant writing on a sofa in the barn at Lumb Bank

Thursday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. You are free to spend this evening as you wish.

A woman smiling and listening to a writing tutor speak at Lumb Bank

Friday

Tutors lead the final workshops in the morning. In the evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.

Course participants eating at The Hurst

Saturday

The week comes to a close after breakfast. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.

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