“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.
ARVON TOTLEIGH BARTON SHORT STORY COMPETITION – WRITING TIPS
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COURSES AT Totleigh Barton ALL COURSES
22 . HISTORICAL FICTION
Bringing the past to life
It can be daunting to write in a historical setting – to attempt to transport ...
- Tom Bullough
- Lawrence Norfolk
- Guest: S J Parris
24 . FICTION: TUTORED RETREAT
Write a page-turner
Whatever your preferred fictional genre, the ability to engage readers with a s ...
- Naomi Alderman
- Sophie Hannah
- Guest: Rupert Thomson
28 . STARTING TO WRITE A NOVEL
Making your novel happen
A week designed to set you on course to conceive and write your first novel. Pe ...
- Edward Docx
- Raffaella Barker
- Guest: Irenosen Okojie
30 . FICTION: WORK-IN-PROGRESS
How to finish
Embarking on a novel or collection of stories is often exhilarating, but the t ...
- Stuart Evers
- Anjali Joseph
- Guest: Liza Klaussmann
31 . SHORT STORY
A miracle in a matchbox
Short stories offer huge freedom for creative play and experimentation, but th ...
- Adam Marek
- Zoe Gilbert
- Guest: K J Orr
48 . Poetry
Inspiration and execution
When you start writing poems, people start asking, ‘Where do you get your id ...
- Catherine Smith
- Antony Dunn
- Guest: John McCullough
61 . Narrative Non-Fiction
From memoir to investigative reportage
During this week you will learn how to capture your reader’s attention from t ...
- Alexander Masters
- Laura Barton
- Guest: Helen Stevenson
78 . ADAPTATION
Adapting existing tales for stage, screen and radio
We will explore the exciting possibilities for dramatic adaptation, drawing on ...
- David Eldridge
- Sarah Phelps
- Guest: Deborah Moggach
81 . SONGWRITING
Music and lyrics
This is a practical course for enthusiastic songwriters committed to producing ...
- Sir Ray Davies
- Marion Wells
82 . GHOSTWRITING
How to become an effective and successful ghostwriter
Good ghostwriting uses skills drawn from several areas of writing combined with ...
- Jenny Parrott
- Helena Drakakis
- Guest: Andrew Crofts