Online Writing Week: Speculative Fiction
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Online Writing Week: Speculative Fiction

Exploring the borderlands between dream and reality
Tutors
  • Black and white close-up photo of Christopher Priest
    Christopher Priest
  • Black and white photo of Nina Allan smiling
    Nina Allan
Date Monday February 6th - Friday February 10th 2023, 14:00 GMT
Location Online

If you are interested in writing speculative fiction, or have already made a start, join award-winning writers Christopher Priest and Nina Allan for a week that will both inspire and deepen your understanding of the genre.

In daily workshops you’ll explore examples of sci-fi and fantasy that will demonstrate that the speculative worlds we build can be as individual and ground-breaking as the writers who create them. You’ll learn to write speculative fiction which is rooted in personal experience, and be given the tools to craft narratives that, however ordinary they may appear on the surface, are transformed through the lens of the fantastic into something radical and new.


You are invited to submit work for the tutors of up to 5,000 words (no later than 17:00 on Friday 20 January) to alia.zapparova@arvon.org. Please make sure the title of the course is in the subject line of your email. This is optional but will help you get the most out of your 1-1 tutorials.

Online: £400

Concessions: £280

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.

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Nothing short of transformative! I can't believe how much we packed into just a few days and how much impact it has had. I'm writing in new styles, new forms, new images, new rhythms!
— Writing Week Participant
I had the chance to speak with two well respected tutors about my work. Being able to do this in one-to-one tutorials was excellent and not reduced in any way by being on Zoom. A good chance for some very good advice. I am now determined to set to work on my writing.
— Writing Week Participant
Arvon courses are always so inclusive, supportive, fun, and instructive. There is something really magical and intimate about what happens during the week.
— Writing Week Participant

Monday

14.00—16.00: Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. Your Arvon host will welcome you and the tutors, giving you an overview of the week, technology support, and 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. There’s likely to be some homework for tomorrow morning

Tuesday

9.15-9.45: ‘Writing Together’ – Half an hour each morning of quiet writing time before the morning workshop. Cameras off and pen to paper until 9.45. (optional)
10.00-12.45: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks.
14.30 – 16.30: One-to-one tutorials lasting 25 minutes each. You have one tutorial with each tutor during the week, the rest of the afternoon is your time to think and write.
18.00—19.00: Tutor readings: both tutors read and speak about their work, followed by a Q&A hosted by your Arvon host.

Wednesday

9.15-9.45: ‘Writing Together’ – Quiet writing time with cameras off. (optional)
10.00-12.45: Morning workshop
14.30 – 16.30: One-to-one tutorials
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19.15-20.15: The Arvon Wednesday Live Guest Reading—you get a free ticket to this.

Thursday

9.15-9.45: ‘Writing Together’ – Quiet writing time with cameras off. (optional)
10.00-12.45: Morning workshop
14.30 – 16.30: One-to-one tutorials
18.00—19.00: An evening session, the theme of which will be decided nearer the time by your tutors

Friday

9.15-9.45: ‘Writing Together’ – Quiet writing time with cameras off. (optional)
10.00-12.45: Morning workshop
16.00-17.30: A celebratory reading where you have the chance to share some of your new writing. Expect laughter, tears and a huge sense of pride for all you have learned, written and achieved this week. There’ll be plenty of virtual hugs.

And then...

Next steps: The week doesn’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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