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5-Day Poetry Challenge with Malika Booker

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Online Writing Masterclasses

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Arvon at Home: Live Guest Readings

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Writers Retreat at The Clockhouse

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The Clockhouse Writers Retreat Arvon

Arvon runs an annual programme of creative writing courses and retreats for schools, groups and individuals. Our courses, tutored by leading authors, are held at three rural centres and include a powerful mix of workshops and individual tutorials, with time and space to write, free from distractions of everyday life. Arvon courses are in a range of genres and we have different styles of courses. Grants are available to help with course fees. We also run an online programme of courses and events - Arvon at Home.


Free, brand new Arvon 5-day Poetry Challenge with Malika Booker

Each day from Thursday 29 October to Monday 2 November you’ll receive a writing exercise from acclaimed poet and veteran tutor, Malika Booker. By the end of the challenge you’ll have a draft of a brand-new poem!


How will Covid-19 affect Arvon courses?

Following government advice, and with the safety and wellbeing of our staff and course participants in mind, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all residential writing courses until the end of 2020. Lumb Bank and Totleigh Barton are open in November and December for Covid-secure writers' retreats, limited to six participants.


Do you believe that everyone should have the opportunity to unlock their creative potential?

We believe that everyone deserves the freedom to imagine, write and explore ideas regardless of their age or financial background.




Lara Feigel – The Stories We Tell

26 Aug 2020 / The Stories We Tell

On Living alongside Dead Writers
‘Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless…

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My Arvon Journey – Liz Henderson

12 Aug 2020 / My Arvon Journey

A personal journey to publication of my first book 
‘The West Façade’  
A collection of short stories. 

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Rachel Lichtenstein – The Stories We Tell

15 Jul 2020 / The Stories We Tell

Disappearances and Encounters
As the daughter and granddaughter of antique dealers, I grew up handling wonderful old things.  They…

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Jacob Ross – The Stories We Tell

11 Jun 2020 / The Stories We Tell

Unlocking Rooms
My appreciation of the power of stories happened in 1974.  I was a pupil at a boys’…

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We offer residential weeks for schools, young people and adult groups.

Our weeks for schools and groups follow the same pattern as our adult course programme – led by two professional writers, with tutorials, group workshops, and time and space to write.