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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 right course for you. Apart from the Retreats, Starting to Write and Work-in-Progress courses, our Open courses are suitable for writers at any level of experience.

Starting to Write Courses

If you have a burning desire to write but feel you have little experience, perhaps you are returning to writing after a long time away, or maybe you have writing experience in one field but are keen to explore a new genre, then a Starting to Write course would be ideal. The Starting to Write courses are designed to build your confidence within a supportive environment, providing you with the tools to inspire and develop your writing. We offer Starting to Write courses in specific genres and more general Starting to Write courses that include fiction and poetry writing. Starting to Write courses include workshops and one-to-one tutorials.

Open Courses

We have a wide range of courses in specific genres e.g. Fiction; Playwriting; Short Story. Writers of all levels of experience are welcome on these courses. The weeks will have a focus on generating new writing rather than getting feedback on work-in-progress. Open Courses include workshops and one-to-one tutorials.

For more experienced writers, we recommend:

Work-in-Progress Courses

For writers who already have significant experience and would like to receive project-specific feedback as well as the space and time to write. We have Work-in-Progress courses in several different genres. Work-in-Progress courses include workshops and one-to-one tutorials.

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 three types of Retreat:

Tutored Retreats

Like our Work-in-Progress courses above, but without morning workshops. Instead you will have four tutorials, two with each tutor, as opposed to two on normal courses. We have Tutored Retreats in several different genres.

Centre Retreats

The time and space to write with a group of up to fifteen other writers, sharing one of our three historic houses – The Hurst, Lumb Bank or Totleigh Barton. No workshops, no tutorials.

Writers Retreats at The Clockhouse

Choose between four or six days in your own apartment at The Clockhouse, tucked away in the peaceful grounds of our Shropshire centre. Write, plan, walk, think, dream, edit, in solitude, away from it all with no distractions. The Clockhouse has four apartments in total. Writers Retreats are untutored.

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