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Arvon Trustee

Would you like to become a Trustee of the UK’s leading creative writing charity, helping to guide and support Arvon’s dynamic work?

We are currently seeking four new Trustees who have relevant expertise in business, finance or education, or who are professional writers.

Arvon is at an exciting stage in its development as it approaches its 50th anniversary. This year we launched a pilot programme of writing retreats at The Clockhouse, a purpose-designed building located in the grounds of The Hurst, our Shropshire writing centre.

In May 2015 Arvon was one of only eight arts organisations to receive Arts Council England Research Grant funding towards our Teachers as Writers project.

We’d welcome the expertise of an experienced business or finance professional to help realise our ambitious programme of work.

Arvon’s Learning and Participation work continues to go from strength to strength. Annually, the programme delivers 50 residential weeks for schools and community groups, reaching over 700 young people and vulnerable adults. Long-term projects and partnerships such as Writing the Game are integral to the programme. They have allowed us to develop a deeper understanding of the impact of our work, through commissioned evaluation.
Our Teachers as Writers project is an exciting new development. We are working with the Open University and the University of Exeter over two years, to explore how the opportunity for teachers to work with professional writers might change their understanding of how they teach writing, and improve outcomes in writing for the children they teach.

We are keen to have an educationalist to join the board, to inform the Learning and Participation programme’s output over the coming years.

Each year Arvon’s public programme delivers over 80 residential writing courses, attended by more than 1,200 aspiring writers. At the heart of this work are those who tutor each of the weeks – poets, playwrights, novelists and journalists – who take Arvon’s ethos and turn it into workshops, one-to-one tutorials and enduring advice. Our programme is embodied by the writers we work with, and their input into developing our work is invaluable. Recognising the importance of our tutors, we have taken their guidance in developing our offer to the public, as well as developing a tutor development week, to support them in their own growth.

It is key that we have writers on our Board of Trustees to help shape the programme. We would like to see applications from writers of all genres, who have considerable professional experience as writers.

If the above appeals to you, and you are keen to learn more about becoming a Trustee of Arvon, please download the application pack, available below:

Application Pack

Equal Opportunities form

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 17 October. Interviews are to be held in London on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 October.


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