Arvon creative writing courses

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5-day Poetry Challenge

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Writers Retreat at The Clockhouse

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Arvon 1-1 online tutorials

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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.

ARVON COURSES & RETREATS

5 Day Course

May 27-Jun 1

The Hurst

Poetry

Poetry

Words as pictures and film

George Szirtes
Clare Shaw
Guest: Sophie Collins
5 Day Course

May 27-Jun 1

Lumb Bank

Non-Fiction

Popular Non-Fiction

From imagination to industry

Lois Pryce
Emily Robertson
Guest: Stuart Maconie
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5 Day Course

May 27-Jun 1

Totleigh Barton

Fiction

Editing Fiction

Now to make it sing

Ellah Allfrey
Tom Bullough
Guest: Jenny Hewson
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5 Day Course

Jun 3-8

The Hurst

Fiction

Writing a Novel

The art of crafting a world

Maggie Gee
Patrick McGuiness
Guest: Louise Doughty
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5 Day Course

Jun 3-8

Lumb Bank

Children & YA

Children’s and Young Adults’ Fiction: Tutored Retreat

Guidance and space to explore your story

Marcus Sedgwick
Catherine Johnson
Guest: Lucy Strange
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5 Day Course

Jun 10-15

The Hurst

Non-Fiction

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Other

Nature Writing

Nature and human nature: to vivify and vitalise

Jay Griffiths
Paul Kingsnorth
Guest: Richard Kerridge
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One-to-one

Jun 11

Online 10.00am

Fiction

Arvon 1-1 with Kerry Young

In-depth feedback on your fiction work-in-progress

Kerry Young
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One-to-one

Jun 12

Online 3pm

Fiction

Arvon 1-1 with Marcus Sedgwick

In-depth feedback on your fiction work-in-progress

Marcus Sedgwick

WRITERS HUB

ARVON BLOGS

Andrew McMillan – #Arvon50

21 May 2019 / #Arvon50

When I was just about to graduate from undergraduate study, Arvon began to run a scheme, connected to an anniversary, where…

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Rebecca Goss – Teenagers, friendship and a week at Lumb Bank

16 May 2019 / #Arvon50

In March 2014 I spent five days at the beautiful Arvon Lumb Bank site and it was (unusually) basked in sunshine…

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Karin Altenberg – Lumb Bank

07 May 2019 / #Arvon50

When I first arrived at Lumb Bank, the taxi driver who delivered me from Hebden Bridge told me how lucky I…

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Nicky Bull – Lumb Bank Thursday

30 Apr 2019 / #Arvon50

Lumb Bank Thursday
by Nicky Bull
 
They’re in tonight
The Lumb Bank lot
Lured out like a charmer’s…

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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.

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.

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