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Arvon Teacher Week: Time and space to write

Apr 10th – Apr 15th 2017
Totleigh Barton

Do you teach writing in the classroom but never get the time for your own creative writing? This writing week, exclusively for teachers and during the Easter school holidays, will help you discover your inner writer, and transform the way you teach creative writing back in the classroom.

You’ll experience an inspirational mixture of workshops and individual tutorials with highly regarded authors, the support of your fellow writers, and plenty of time and space to write. Whilst the focus of the week is on developing your own writing, you will also have the opportunity to reflect on how you can use new approaches to creative writing in your teaching.

Whether you want to write poetry or prose, we will create a safe and welcoming environment for you to find your voice and refine your technique. These five days will give you the creative momentum to continue writing long after the course is over.

This course will be held at Arvon’s Totleigh Barton writing centre in Devon. Thanks to support from funders we are able to offer places for the reduced fee of £375 (50% of the usual cost), which includes all food and accommodation as well as workshops, individual tutorials, and readings by both tutors and a guest writer.


To book: Call Totleigh Barton on 01409 231 338 or email You will need to send evidence that you are a practising teacher at a UK primary or secondary school, or F.E. College. This could be a letter from your employer or recent wage slip.

Single room price: £ 375
Shared room price: £ 350

Feedback from previous Arvon Teacher courses:

“I have had an absolutely fantastic week. I feel raring to go and show my students everything that I have learned and enjoyed.”

“Inspirational. Don’t hesitate to go. It will help you make connections between your role as a writer and teacher and inspire you to approach teaching of writing more creatively.”

“A life-affirming experience…I have rediscovered creativity and freedom in my writing.”


Alicia Stubbersfield’s most recent collection of poetry The Yellow Table was published in 2013. Other poetry collections include The Magician’s Assistant, Unsuitable Shoes andJoking Apart.  Before becoming a lecturer in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University, Alicia was an English teacher in several large comprehensive schools, most recently Cleeve School in Cheltenham. She regularly tutors for The Poetry School and Ty Newydd, National Writers’ Centre for Wales.

Steve Voake is the award-winning author of more than 20 books for young people including The Dreamwalker’s Child, The Starlight Conspiracy and Blood Hunters. He is senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

Guest writer Narinder Dhami has been a full-time writer for 17 years. Her books include 13 Hours, Bang, Bang, You’re Dead!, the novelisation of the film Bend It Like Beckham and many of the multi-million selling ‘Rainbow Magic’ titles.

Teachers as Writers

This year’s Arvon Teacher course is associated with the Teachers as Writers research project, delivered by Arvon in partnership with the University of Exeter and the Open University. See here for more information about Teachers as Writers.

You can also read weekly insights and updates from writers, teachers and researchers at the project blog