“To step over the threshold has
always been to step into a world of writing.”
Totleigh Barton, the first ever Arvon centre, is a 16th-century manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon. There is a beautiful and productive garden and orchard. The recently renovated barn offers a comfortable space for evening readings. It lies two miles from the village of Sheepwash, with walks along the River Torridge nearby.
Totleigh Barton has 12 single rooms and two shared rooms. The main work/ living space is fully accessible and there is a wheelchair-accessible bedroom with en suite bathroom.
The nearest railway station is Exeter St Davids. We can arrange for course participants to share a taxi to and from the station if you contact us in advance.
From Okehampton, take the A386 towards Hatherleigh. At the roundabout outside Hatherleigh, turn left and take the A3072 to Highampton, where you need to look for the right-hand turning for Sheepwash (on a sharp, left hand bend). After about a mile, turn right to Totleigh, immediately before the bridge over the River Torridge, and down a narrow lane, signposted Totleigh. After about 3/4 mile, on a long rise, you’ll see the Arvon sign at the start of a track on the left. The house is at the very end of this track.
The nearest train station is Exeter St David’s, which is just over an hour’s drive away from Totleigh. Please contact us at least a week before the course starts if you’d like a taxi to collect you from the station. The pick-up point is immediately outside the main station exit at 3.30pm. You can share the fare with others travelling to Totleigh, paying the driver on arrival. We can also arrange for a taxi to take you back to Exeter St David’s on Saturday morning at 10am.
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COURSES AT Totleigh Barton ALL COURSES
5 . STARTING TO WRITE
Finding your way
No two writers have the same relationship with writing, so yours is yours alon ...
- Sam Riviere
- Alison MacLeod
- Guest: Alex Christophi
16 . FICTION: TUTORED RETREAT
Time to focus
Here’s your chance to give your fiction writing the time and focus it needs ...
- Romesh Gunesekera
- Lawrence Scott
- Guest: Deborah Levy
17 . WRITING A NOVEL
Capturing the first draft of a novel
If you’ve started to write a novel and you’re stuck part-way through, or i ...
- Monique Roffey
- Fred D’Aguiar
- Guest: Lisa O’Donnell
22 . STARTING TO WRITE A NOVEL
Getting started – keeping going
A week designed to give you writing stimulus and space for writing too. Suitab ...
- Rachel Seiffert
- Courttia Newland
- Guest: Jane Harris
24 . FICTION: PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER
How to write a whydunnit
The psychological thriller produces its own particular challenges and satisfac ...
- Melanie McGrath
- Alex Marwood
- Guest: Kate Hamer
27 . EXPERIMENTAL FICTION
Wise wild words
What kind of writer are you? Are you a Jack Kerouac or a Georges Perec, a Virg ...
- Toby Litt
- Adam Foulds
- Guest: Natasha Soobramanien & Luke Williams
28 . STARTING TO WRITE FICTION
Truth and lies
You might not know it yet, but you already have the material you need. The nex ...
- Stephen May
- Emylia Hall
- Guest: Sarah Winman
40 . POETRY
The poem as controlled explosion
How do we create poems which don’t recount events but are events in themselv ...
- Jane Draycott
- Jack Underwood
- Guest: Sarah Howe
42 . STARTING TO WRITE POETRY
Some essentials of rhythm, rhetoric and form
What makes poetry distinct from other genres? How does a poem start and when i ...
- Kathryn Maris
- Jamie McKendrick
- Guest: Mark Ford
46 . POETRY: TOWARDS A COLLECTION
Creating a dynamic and coherent structure
Finding or creating the structure for a collection is as creative an act as wr ...
- Jen Hadfield
- Karen McCarthy Woolf
- Guest: Tom Chivers
51 . NATURE WRITING
Nature and human nature: to vivify and vitalise
What is the role of the writer in an age of climate change and mass extinction ...
- Jay Griffiths
- Paul Kingsnorth
- Guest: William Atkins
52 . NON-FICTION
Unlocking the archives to write the people’s history
This course is suitable for writers who already have a creative non-fiction pr ...
- Sarah Wise
- Rachel Lichtenstein
- Guest: Simon Garfield
56 . LIFE WRITING
Suitcase stories: from life to page
Departures, arrivals, journeys: what happens when people migrate? What stories ...
- Kapka Kassabova
- Nick Barlay
- Guest: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
61 . CHILDREN’S FICTION
A course for writers who are seriously interested in writing for young people. ...
- Steve Voake
- NM Browne
- Guest: Piers Torday
64 . TUTORED RETREAT: SCREENWRITING
Take your writing to the next level
This is an opportunity to develop your script under the supervision of two awa ...
- Robin Mukherjee
- Lee Thomas
- Guest: Ursula Rani Sarma
66 . RADIO DRAMA
Develop your lyrical voice and your technical skills
A course designed for confident writers who are keen to explore dramatic writi ...
- Simon Armitage
- Susan Roberts
- Guest: Eloise Whitmore
69 . TV COMEDY
Sketches and sitcom, from script to screen
Where do you get ideas for sketches? Are there rules for writing a sitcom – ...
- Sarah Morgan
- David Quantick
- Guest: Isy Suttie
71 . MUSICAL THEATRE
Using music and lyrics to tell the tale
For those who want to experiment with how the story can be told through song a ...
- Willy Russell
- Nick Stimson
80 . RETREAT WITH YOGA
Stretch your creative muscles
Stretch your body, relax your mind and tap into your most creative self. Writer ...
- Lucy Greeves