The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens were the former home of playwright John Osborne. The grounds boast Redwoods, wild orchids, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The 19th century building has been given a thoroughly 21st century renovation. All 16 bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, the main workshop room has a hand crafted table for twenty and a growing library, and a lift gives accessibility to every bedroom. The house sits within 26 acres of woodland, with a spring-fed lake and inspiring walks.
The Arvon Writers Retreat is held at the Clockhouse, in the grounds of The Hurst.
The centre is situated several miles from Craven Arms station, which has rail connections to London, Wales, the North and South-West England. There are local taxi services – we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up for incoming and return journeys.
The Hurst welcomes Disabled people – there is wheelchair access to every room via a lift, with all rooms equipped with ensuite bathrooms, five of which are wetrooms equipped for wheelchair access.
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The Hurst is about 8 miles west of Craven Arms on the B4368 between Clun and Clunton. Head for Craven Arms on the A49, between Ludlow and Shrewsbury. At the Craven Arms Hotel, take the B4368, signposted Clun. One mile beyond Clunton, you will see a white house on your right. Just past this is a left-hand turn into our driveway. From Wales, or via Bishop’s Castle, head for Clun on the A488. In Clun, take the B4368 signposted Craven Arms. After 1 mile you will come to a left-hand bend with a black-and-white chevron warning sign – the right-hand turn just around the bend is The Hurst driveway.
There are rail connections to London, Wales, the North and South-West England from Craven Arms station, eight miles away.
The nearest station is Craven Arms, eight miles from The Hurst. It is a fairly well-serviced station on the main line between Manchester and Cardiff, with rail connections to London, the North and South-West England.
Open Gardens at the Hurst – May 13th
The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon Centre, Clunton: Open Gardens May 13th 2-5pm Arvon is 50 this year!…
COURSES AT The Hurst ALL COURSES
3 . STARTING TO WRITE
Finding your voice
It is common for writers to find the blank page daunting. It takes a leap of fa ...
- Jane Feaver
- Vicki Feaver
- Guest: Zaffar Kunial
7 . STARTING TO WRITE
Taking the first steps
This week will reinvigorate your creative journey, spark your imaginative fires ...
- Tom Vowler
- Alicia Stubbersfield
- Guest: Sarah Butler
9 . STARTING TO WRITE
Overcoming the initial hurdles
What are the biggest challenges for new writers and how do we go about overcomi ...
- Katy Moran
- Peter Sansom
- Guest: Leone Ross
17 . FICTION: WORK-IN-PROGRESS
Breathe life into your fiction
This week offers you a highly structured, focused course, which will send you a ...
- Jill Dawson
- Kathryn Heyman
- Guest: Peter Straus
18 . STARTING TO WRITE FICTION
Getting going, keeping going
Writing fiction is hard work but incredibly rewarding. This week will help you ...
- Stephen May
- Shelley Harris
- Guest: Tara Guha
21 . SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
How to build worlds and develop your writing
Science fiction and fantasy encompass a dazzling array of potential worlds and ...
- Emma Newman
- Peter Newman
- Guest: Gareth L Powell
25 . FICTION
Bringing the imaginary to life
A world a reader can step into, believable characters and a compelling story: t ...
- Lucy Hughes-Hallett
- Chibundu Onuzo
- Guest: Ross Raisin
30 . HISTORICAL FICTION
Old wine, new bottles
A wise man said that writing was the most fun anyone could have on their own. T ...
- Manda Scott
- Robert Wilton
- Guest: Annie Murray
31 . EDITING FICTION
Turning first drafts into publishable books
You’ve typed ‘The End’. What next? After you’ve given yourself a pat on ...
- Christopher Wakling
- Hannah Griffiths
- Guest: Irenosen Okojie
42 . POETRY
Your time to write
If not now, when? This stimulating and encouraging week will focus particularly ...
- Michael Laskey
- Hannah Lowe
- Guest: Kim Moore
43 . POETRY
The end of the line
The line is often described as the fundamental unit of poetry, but what do we r ...
- Helen Mort
- Jack Underwood
- Guest: Rachael Allen
45 . SPOKEN WORD
Create a one-person show in a week
Do you want to take your work as a poet and spoken word artist to the next leve ...
- Francesca Beard
- Guest: Yomi Sode
48 . POETRY
Schooling the strange
“No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader,” wrote Robert Fros ...
- Jane Draycott
- John McCullough
- Guest: Rachel Long
52 . EDITING POETRY
First draft to publishing deal
You’ve written the first draft of a poem. What happens next? Do you sculpt it ...
- Patience Agbabi
- Tom Chivers
- Guest: Michael Schmidt
57 . POPULAR NON-FICTION
The book you’ve always had inside you
Family stories, science, self-help or…? You have a passionate interest. You w ...
- Emily Robertson
- Elise Valmorbida
- Guest: David Bodanis
59 . POLITICAL & SOCIAL NON-FICTION
Non-fiction with a social and political slant
Naomi Klein, Owen Jones, Caitlin Moran. Some of the most stirring contemporary ...
- Melissa Benn
- Marina Cantacuzino
- Guest: Raoul Martinez
61 . LIFE WRITING
Create powerful stories from your lived experience
It’s frustrating when people don’t ‘get’ what you have lived through. O ...
- John-Paul Flintoff
- Alice Jolly
- Guest: Anthony McGowan
68 . YOUNG ADULT FICTION
How to hook teenage readers with your fiction
Writing young adult fiction comes with its own special demands. Do you want to ...
- Martyn Bedford
- Lucy Christopher
- Guest: Clare Furniss
74 . WRITING FOR TV: COMEDY DRAMA
Finding the funny
Many people assume that writing comedy for TV is easy. How hard can it be to ma ...
- David Quantick
- Susan Nickson
- Guest: Henry Normal
75 . PLAYWRITING: TUTORED RETREAT
How we challenge formal convention
This week is about examining the plays you’re currently working on – findin ...
- Chris Thorpe
- Alice Birch
- Guest: Suhayla El Bushra
77 . SCREENWRITING: TUTORED RETREAT
The journey from page to screen
If you are a writer who has a recently completed script but know you still have ...
- David Eldridge
- Eleanor Greene
- Guest: Tina Gharavi
88 . RETREAT WITH YOGA
Using the body to progress your writing
As summer comes to a close, it is time to turn your mind to your writing projec ...
- Maureen Hansman
92 . Midsummer Retreat
Far away from daily distractions, the Midsummer Retreat is a week where you are ...