Non-Fiction: Work-in-Progress

Finding and shaping the story

Monday August 5th - Saturday August 10th 2019

Lumb Bank

The residues of real life – your own or someone else’s – rarely assemble neatly into ready-made stories. Different non-fiction genres can help identify that vital narrative thread, from family history to biography to travel writing. Maybe the project is also shaped by argument or an idea. Whatever you want to write, we’ll look at various ways of seducing readers while respecting non-fiction truth. Participants are invited to submit up to 2,000 words of a work-in-progress, plus a short summary of the whole piece, to lumbbank@arvon.org by 22 July 2019. Please note that this is optional.

Single room price: £795


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Lumb Bank house

Lumb Bank

The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowners house in West Yorkshire, which once belonged to Ted Hughes. It’s set in 20 acres of steep woodland with breathtaking views to the valley below.

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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