Life-writing: a week-long residential course

Event Date:

2nd December 2019

Event Time:

4:00 pm

Event Location:


For the fourth year in a row, I’m teaching writers of memoirs at one of the fantastic residential centres run by Arvon (this time in Devon).

This time, I’m running the course with fellow author and journalist Mel McGrath.

EDIT: Here’s what participants said afterwards

‘Loved it all. It gave me ‘permission’ to explore methods of writing – and confidence to have a go on my own where no confidence before existed.’

‘Offered structure and confidence.’

‘Encouraged me to experiment with different styles, to give more detail and focus on individual scenes and to look for opportunities to inject dramatic irony.’

‘I enjoyed getting more structural advice. Feedback on my writing was useful and freeing.’

‘I feel I will be taking away a fund of very useful skills and material to move my writing forward. Couldn’t be more pleased. The tutors were a perfect balance.’

‘Exceptional tutors. Mel offered direct, specific advice for the starting point; JP offered helpful feedback for revising it; by suggesting our group pair up to “self-tutor” using what we’d learned during the week, on Friday afternoon, I was able to really hone the piece to read to the group. Excellent facilitation, on target for a group of generally skilful writers.’

Event F.A.Q

How do I book a place?

Please look at the Arvon website for details:

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Total Seat: 16

By: Arvon

Event Schedule Details

  • 2nd December 2019
    4:00 pm - 7th December 2019 - 9:00 am
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