Online Writing Day: Non-Fiction

Online Writing Day: Non-Fiction

Using Pictures To Improvise Better Stories
  • John-Paul Flintoff
Date Friday September 29th 2023, 10:00 - 16:30 BST
Location Online

What makes a person or place come alive in a piece of writing? How can you describe them with telling detail – detail that drives forward your story? The answer isn’t always more hard work, but a playful approach that calls on the techniques of illustration and improvisational theatre. You don’t need to be able to draw, or act – not at all – just be willing to make observations and build on them. In this practical and interactive non fiction writing day, author artist and performer John-Paul Flintoff will share techniques that will galvanise all your stories.

To make the event as accessible and flexible as possible, all sessions of the day are delivered live via Zoom webinar. You have the choice to attend each session live, which will mean you can contribute via the chatbox, or you can watch the recordings of each session at any time over the course of the following month. Please note, your camera and audio will not be visible/audible, allowing you to relax and take the day at your own pace. 

Cost: £85

Concessions: £42.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, 50% concessions are available for this course at checkout.

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

Online Writing Weeks / Weekends

Subject to funding/permissions (please contact us for more details)

If you have any access issues that we have not covered here, please contact us on

See here for more access information.


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



See all Courses & Retreats