“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 & Beyond by E.R. Murray
When I attended the 2014 Writing for Children and Young Adults week in Totleigh Barton (Melvin…
COURSES AT Totleigh Barton ALL COURSES
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. ...
- Stephen May
- Emylia Hall
- Guest: Sarah Winman
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
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
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: Carrie Quinlan
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