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Arvon runs 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.

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ARVON AT HOME

Our new online programme of courses, events and writing support

Our writing houses may be temporarily closed, but Arvon remains very much open: to helping people make space for creativity and to connecting them with the finest writing tutors. We're pleased to share our new Writing Weeks, Masterclasses, Live Guest Readings, Craft of Writing Sessions and Arvon 1-1s, all accessible from the comfort of your sofa.

CLOCKHOUSE WRITERS' RETREAT

Give your writing the time and space it deserves with Arvon’s dedicated Writers Retreat at The Clockhouse

The Clockhouse is specifically designed for writers on retreat. It has four apartments for writers, each with bedroom, study-lounge and bathroom. All food is provided for you, so you can spend your time as you please.

COVID-19

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.

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PRIVATE HOLIDAY HIRE

Private hire of our writing houses - Totleigh Barton and Lumb Bank

We are offering a unique opportunity to hire Lumb Bank in Yorkshire and Totleigh Barton in Devon for self-catering holidays over the coming months.

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ARVON BLOGS

My Arvon Week: Cat Brogan – Queer Poetry

18 Nov 2020 / My Arvon Week

‘The image doesn’t know it’s a metaphor – don’t … control it’ (Caroline Bird)
We feel for Billy Collin’s ‘light switch’*…

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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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OUR SCHOOLS & GROUPS WORK

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.