Recently renovated, 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.
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.
The Hurst Opens its Doors to the Public
Arvon would like to welcome you to The Hurst, our Shropshire centre, for an Open Afternoon on Sunday 8…
COURSES AT The Hurst ALL COURSES
6 . STARTING TO WRITE
If fiction is foliage and poems are floral, then narrative is the bud. We will ...
- Nii Ayikwei Parkes
- Rebecca Goss
- Guest: Peter Salmon
18 . FLASH FICTION
They’re small enough to perch on the palm of your hand and so short it takes ...
- Tania Hershman
- David Swann
- Guest: Carrie Etter
20 . FICTION: TUTORED RETREAT
Your fictional world
Creating a compelling world where character and plot can grow naturally, is an ...
- Nadifa Mohamed
- David Szalay
- Guest: Kit de Waal
23 . SHORT STORY: TOWARDS A COLLECTION
Finding your strengths in writing short stories
Working towards a collection means understanding your strengths as a short-sto ...
- Michèle Roberts
- Jim Hinks
- Guest: Kate Clanchy
26 . STARTING TO WRITE A NOVEL
From idea to first draft
If you have the urge to write a novel but don’t know where to begin, or have ...
- Jonathan Lee
- Tiffany Murray
- Guest: Shelley Harris
30 . SPECULATIVE FICTION
Writing about what you don’t know
What if there were a writing course that covered all the basics – story stru ...
- Joanna Kavenna
- Liz Jensen
- Guest: Brian Catling
41 . POETRY
Daring to be different
How do you sharpen and strengthen your own distinctive voice? What makes a poe ...
- Helena Nelson
- Cliff Yates
- Guest: Sean Burn
44 . POETRY: TUTORED RETREAT
A dialogue between poets, present and past
All poetry is a conversation – with the past, with other writers, with other ...
- John Greening
- Jo Bell
- Guest: Niall Campbell
53 . MEMOIR
Life into art
As fiction and non-fiction continue their evolving relationship,most recently a ...
- Hannah Lowe
- Horatio Clare
- Guest: Marion Coutts
54 . NON-FICTION: POPULAR SCIENCE
How to craft engaging literature from scientific research
Science is full of intriguing ideas, but they are often complex and abstract. ...
- Michael Brooks
- Aarathi Prasad
- Guest: Helen Keen
57 . NON-FICTION
History, memory and the art of telling stories
A trunk in the attic, a hundred year old photograph book, letters from the fron ...
- Julie Summers
- Sukhdev Sandhu
- Guest: Madge Dresser
62 . YOUNG ADULT FICTION
The art of young adult fiction
This will be a fun and exciting week focused on the art of writing young adult ...
- Tanya Byrne
- Bali Rai
- Guest: Sally Green
67 . STARTING TO WRITE A PLAY
Thinking in three dimensions
Playwriting is one of the most exciting forms of writing, because you’re cre ...
- Jessica Swale
- Inua Ellams
- Guest: Richard Bean
68 . SCREENWRITING
Defining and telling your story
Screenwriting is always ‘work-in-progress’ and script development runs on ...
- Andrea Gibb
- Paul Fraser
- Guest: Jonathan Asser
77 . COMEDY WRITING
Finding your comedy voice
What makes something funny? How do you take your ideas and turn them into comed ...
- Richard Thomas
- Ivor Baddiel
- Guest: Claire Zolkwer