Online Writing Day: The Essay in a Day

Online Writing Day: The Essay in a Day

One form, endless possibilities
  • Amy Key
Date Friday March 15th 2024, 10:00 - 16:30 GMT
Location Online

Hilton Als has described the essay as ‘a form without a form – until you make it’. In this inspiring one-day course you will consider the ways in which writers have created the essay form, and why as writers we might choose one approach over another. With your tutor, essayist and non-fiction writer Amy Key, and a group of fellow writers, you’ll explore the following:

There will be plenty of examples, writing prompts and opportunities for discussion. Whether you’ve got a work in progress, you’re shifting between genres, or you just want to write your first essay since leaving school, you’ll end the day with some fresh stimulus, ideas you can continue to develop and some new favourite writers.

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

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

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On the Day

10-11.30 Morning workshop part one 

11.30-11.45 Tea break 

11.45-12.45  Morning workshop part two 

12.45-13.45 Lunch 

13.45-15.15 Afternoon workshop   

15.15-15.30 Tea break 

15.30-16.00 Final Q&A/next steps 



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