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Choosing a course

It’s important to read the course descriptions carefully. If it sounds like you’re the intended audience, then it’s probably the course for you. Apart from Retreats, Starting to Write and Work-in-Progress courses, all weeks are suitable for writers at any level of experience.


If you’ve done little creative writing before, or none at all, then a Starting to Write course might suit you best. We offer Starting to Write courses in specific genres, and a general Starting to Write course that includes fiction and poetry writing.


Work-in-Progress weeks are designed for people who already have significant writing experience and would like project-specific feedback and writing time.


We recommend retreats for the more experienced writer. All retreats offer single rooms only. Otherwise, domestic arrangements are the same as for all courses. We have four types of retreat:

  Tutored Retreat

Two tutors are available for two one-to-one tutorials each, with a guest tutor on Wednesday. There are no workshops in the morning.


No tutors, no morning workshops and no evening readings. You’re free to structure your time as you see fit.

  Friends’ Retreat

This week is structured as a retreat, but it’s open only to Arvon Friends.

 Retreat with Yoga

This is structured in the same way as a retreat, but you have optional hatha yoga and meditation sessions in the morning and evening with a trained instructor.


If you’d like help choosing the right course for you do give us a call, on 020 7324 2554, or email  – we love guiding writers to the perfect course for them!