Saturday 29 October 10 am - 4.45pm

A day of Masterclasses and conversation with memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink and publisher Francesca Main

Do you have a life writing project that needs attention? Perhaps you need some technical help, are nervous about committing life to the page, or curious about navigating the industry in general? Join bestselling writer Cathy Rentzenbrink and publisher Francesca Main for an intensive day-long creative writing course focusing on memoir and writing from life.

Brought to you in partnership with the brilliant Arvon, this day of Masterclasses will get you writing in a supportive and friendly atmosphere and leave you full of knowledge and ideas, with a plan of how to carry on with your book. The day will include two intense and interactive workshops with Cathy and Francesca which will be designed to generate new work as well as to reinvigorate your current project, followed by an ‘in conversation’ with Cathy and Francesca and a Q&A session at the end of the day when you will have the opportunity to ask questions about your own work. Writers of all experience levels are welcome!

Booking is via the Arvon website.

About the tutors

Cathy Rentzenbrink is an author and acclaimed memoirist whose books include The Last Act of Love and Dear Reader. In 2021 she published her first novel Everyone is Still Alive. Her book about how to write a memoir is called Write It All Down and is out now.  Cathy speaks and writes regularly on life, death, love and literature, presents the Bookseller podcast, writes a column for Prospect and reviews books for The Times.

Francesca Main is the publisher of Phoenix. Authors she has edited and published include Jessie Burton, Adam Kay, AJ Pearce, Naomi Wood and Cathy Rentzenbrink. She previously worked at Picador, S&S and Hamish Hamilton/Penguin and won the British Book Award for Editor of the Year in 2015.


PLEASE NOTE: We are intending for this course to take place in-person at Exeter Custom House.  We are still taking precautions to ensure our audiences are protected from Covid 19. We will be keeping windows open to ensure good ventilation in the building so you may want to bring an extra layer. Please do not attend Quay Words events if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or are feeling unwell.