Online Writing Day: Non-Fiction | Bringing your narrative to life | Arvon
Online Writing Day: Non-Fiction

Online Writing Day: Non-Fiction

Bringing your narrative to life
  • John-Paul Flintoff
Guest Tutor
  • Elizabeth Neep
Date Friday April 26th 2024, 10:00 - 16:30 BST
Location Online

A good writer will always have a plan, but what if the plan isn’t working?  Might you be prepared to throw it away/put it to one side and improvise? Over the course of this generative and interactive writing day, journalist, artist, writer and master of improvisation, JP Flintoff will share his creative tools with you. JP has published 7 books, has written for and edited the Financial Times and Sunday Times magazines and is also an artist and a performer.

JP will offer advice on:

  1. Bringing people and settings to life
  2. How to use closely observed detail as a way of driving your story forward
  3. How to be playful with your story and explore ways of structuring a narrative drawn from life
  4. Using techniques drawn from illustration and improvisational theatre to power through stumbling blocks and lead you out of rabbit holes

Is this course for me?

Our one-day courses are aimed at anyone who is currently, or would like to begin, writing. They are often attended by:

All sessions of the day are delivered live via Zoom meetings, with the option of cameras off or on. We strongly encourage you to participate in the live sessions, but if you find yourself unable to attend on the day it will be possible to watch the recordings of each session at any time over the course of the following month.

We have limited concession places available for this course (which are bookable through the usual booking process), as well as some fully funded places for those who cannot afford the concession rate. For more information please email

Online: £90

Concessions: £63

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of 30% concessions are available for this course at checkout, as well as two fully funded places for those who cannot afford the concession rate. To request a fully funded place please email

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On the Day

10.00-12.30: Workshop One

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-14.30: Workshop Two

14.30-15.00: Break

15.00-15.45: Guest speaker session

16.00-16.30: Final Q&A surgery session



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