Arvon at home

Arvon at home

Our 4th writing house – online

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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.


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, Children & Young People programme and Arvon 1-1s, all accessible from the comfort of your sofa.


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.


How will Covid-19 affect Arvon courses?

Due to the national lockdown we have had to close our writing houses. We hope to reopen them as soon as is safe to do so. In the meantime we are running an online programme of courses and events - Arvon at Home.


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.


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. Please note - during national lockdown private hire is not available.




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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.