Creativity and craft in true stories
Uncovering your story, finding your voice
Monday January 27th - Saturday February 1st 2020
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.
Alexander Masters is the author of A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in a Skip; Simon, the Genius in My…
Melissa Benn is a journalist and novelist, who has published nine books. Her themes include feminism, education and contemporary politics, and…
Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff is an award-winning writer, editor and columnist who focuses on issues surrounding race, social justice and media. She is…
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.
Arrive late afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.
Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. Tutors read from their work in the evening.
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.
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.
Tutors lead the final workshops in the morning. In the evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.
The week comes to a close after breakfast. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.