Online Evening Course: Non-Fiction
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Online Evening Course: Non-Fiction

Bring your story to life with John-Paul Flintoff and Melanie McGrath
Tutors
  • John-Paul Flintoff
  • Melanie McGrath Life Writing Course Tutor Arvon
    Melanie McGrath
Date Monday July 18th - Monday August 15th 2022, 18.30 BST
Location Online

“Why would anybody want to read that?”

It can be hard to believe that the things we want to write about could ever appeal to anybody else. And that can stop us writing – a self-fulfilling counsel of doom. Whatever your nonfiction material happens to be, raw and unfocussed, deeply personal or even drily technical, locked inside it somewhere is a compelling story waiting to be told. Whatever you bring, this course with non-fiction maestros John-Paul Flintoff and Melanie Mcgrath will help you to set your story free and reach readers.

The classic instruction for writers is to ‘Show, don’t tell’. In truth, it’s better to tell sometimes, not show. Writing compelling stories is about understanding how storytelling works and having the tools to make your writing vivid and clear. By choosing the right approach for the right occasion, you’ll learn to make the heartfelt comprehensible and the technical human. If you want to bring your non-fiction story to life, this course will show you how. And because this course extends over a longer period than any previous Arvon course, you’ll have the opportunity to generate a really substantial quantity of work, to see and deeply feel the changes in it. You’ll build a practice of writing consistently, and develop ties with others who might be companions in your writing career for years to come.


Do you want to commit time to your writing but can only manage a couple of hours a week? Would you like a writing boost and a network of writing buddies? Then join us for this Arvon Evening Course which unpacks our popular 5-day online writing week over 5 weeks of evening classes. Each week, your tutors will deliver a workshop designed to propel your writing forward, with one-to-one tutorials offered mid-course, alongside tutor readings, weekly socials and  ‘How I Write’ sessions with guest writers. You will develop a regular writing routine and come away from the course with a whole new network of contacts and companions for your writing years ahead.

Online: £400

Concessions: £200

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout.

Grants are available to help with the course fee

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

Across all of Arvon at Home

Masterclasses and Online Writing Day

How I Write

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Week 1

Monday

18.30—19.00: Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. Your Arvon host will welcome you and the tutors, giving you an overview of the next 5 weeks, how the technology works, along with some ideas for making your writing ‘cocoon’. You’ll get to meet everyone, ask questions, and settle in. Your tutors will ask you to start thinking about your writing, perhaps setting an exercise.

19.00—21:00: Your first workshop with both tutors and your all-important fellow writers!

Wednesday

19:15—20:15: This week’s How I Write session. Take a look here to see which writer is being showcased.

Thursday

19:00—20:00: ‘Writing Hour’ (group session).

 

Week 2

Monday

18.30—20.30: Workshop with one of your tutors.

Wednesday

19:15—20:15: This week’s How I Write session. Take a look here to see which writer is being showcased.

Thursday

19:00—20:00: ‘Writing Hour’ (group session).

Week 3

Monday

18.30—20.00: Workshop with one of your tutors.

20:15—21:00: Tutor reading and Q&A. An opportunity to hear your tutors read and discuss their work and put your questions to them.

Tuesday:

18.00—21:00: Tutorials with your tutors.

Wednesday

19:15—20:15: This week’s How I Write session. Take a look here to see which writer is being showcased.

Thursday

19:00—20:00: ‘Writing Hour’ (group session).

Week 4

Monday

18.30—20.30: Workshop with one of your tutors.

20:15—21:00: Tutor reading and Q&A. An opportunity to hear your tutors read and discuss their work and put your questions to them.

Tuesday:

18.00—21:00: Tutorials with your tutors.

Wednesday

19:15—20:15: This week’s How I Write session. Take a look here to see which writer is being showcased.

Thursday

19:00—20:00: ‘Writing Hour’ (group session).

Week 5

Monday

18.30—19.45: A final workshop with both of your tutors

20.00-21.15: Group readings. An opportunity to share some of the new words you have conjured over the past 5 weeks in a celebratory atmosphere among new friends.

And then...

Next steps: The 5 weeks don’t stop here. You now have a writing community. Stay in touch. Share your work with each other, and take it forward!

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