We have created an online programme of activities, Arvon at Home, where you can find inspiration and keep writing, no matter the setting. We're pleased to share Writing Weeks, Evening Courses, Masterclasses, How I Write, our Children & Young People programme and Arvon 1-1s, all accessible from the comfort of your sofa.
Join an Arvon tutor for a two hour masterclass, delivered directly from their own writing desk (or maybe the kitchen table). Similar to workshops on a traditional Arvon course, the tutor will share their invaluable writing advice and explore forms and techniques. You’ll also have time to write over the two hours, with helpful prompts set by the tutor. If you want a boost of motivation and inspiration to write, but can’t commit to a full Writing Week, this is the option for you. Masterclasses are delivered via Zoom and last two hours (11:00am – 13:00pm for morning masterclasses and 7pm-9pm for evening masterclasses) including time for you to write.
Masterclass: Life Writing
Zoom masterclass with Alexandra Heminsley
Masterclass: Poetry of Diaspora
Zoom Masterclass with Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo
Masterclass: Exploring Untold Stories
Zoom Masterclass with Tania Hershman
Masterclass: Bring Your Non-Fiction To Life
Zoom Masterclass with Alexander Masters
Masterclass: Writing with Cultural Sensitivity
Zoom Masterclass with Abda Khan
Masterclass: Poetry and Pop Culture
Zoom Masterclass with Chrissy Williams
Masterclass: Teaching Creative Writing to Young People
Zoom Masterclass with Steve Voake
Masterclass: The Poetry of Fatherhood
Zoom Masterclass with Niall Campbell
Masterclass: Exercises from a Writing Life
Zoom Masterclass with Mark Haddon
Masterclass: Harnessing the Power of ‘What if?’ in Your Fiction with Sophie Mackintosh
Learning lessons from speculative fiction
Masterclass: Writing Fiction for Children with Maisie Chan
Writing relatable characters
Masterclass: Short Stories with Vanessa Onwuemezi
The art and craft of the short story
At Home Writing Weeks
For the first time we’re bringing our acclaimed week-long writing courses online. Capturing the transformative power of an Arvon week, we’re helping you to create the Arvon experience in your home, across five days. Join us for a structured week of workshops, one-to-ones, social gatherings and readings delivered by two Arvon tutors via Zoom. You’ll also get a ticket to our Wednesday How I Write session, and a celebratory Friday evening reading to share your work.
Nov 28-Dec 2
Online Writing Week: Short Story
Long story short
Online Writing Week: Creative Non-Fiction
Mining your ideas and sparking your voice
Online Writing Week: Autofiction
Creating written selves
Online Writing Week: Poetry
Working towards a pamphlet
Online Writing Week: Speculative Fiction
Exploring the borderlands between dream and reality
Online Writing Week: Non-Fiction
Creating compelling worlds in your non-fiction
Online Writing Week: Starting to Write Non-Fiction
Finding your non-fiction voice
Online Writing Week: Fiction Work-in-Progress
Focus on the Craft
Online Writing Week: Non-Fiction
Writing family history: whose story is it anyway?
Online Evening Courses
Do you want to commit time to your writing but can only manage a couple of hours a week? Would you like a writing boost and a network of writing buddies? Then join us for the Arvon evening course which unpacks our popular 5 day online writing week over 5 weeks of evening classes. Each week, your tutors will deliver a workshop designed to propel your writing forward, with one to one tutorials offered mid course. There will be tutor readings, weekly socials and ‘How I Write sessions’ with guest writers. You will have plenty of opportunities to get to know your writing buddies over the course of the 5 weeks by sharing work and writing together, developing a network of fellow writers who might be companions in your writing career for years to come.
You’ll develop a regular writing routine and because this course extends over a longer period than any previous Arvon course, you’ll have the opportunity to generate a really substantial quantity of work, to see and deeply feel the changes in it.
Jan 16-Feb 13
Online Evening Course: Fiction & Non-Fiction
Lost and found
Feb 27-Mar 27
Online Evening Course: Fiction
Bring Your Novel to Life
Mar 8-Apr 5
Online 5-Week Day Course: Poetry for D/deaf & Disabled poets
At Home Writing Day
If a full five-day writing week is not possible right now, or you just need a boost while you tackle your latest writing project, these one-day courses are aimed at writers who already have a work in progress, or a current working practise and would like a concentrated bolt of creative inspiration to get themselves back on track. Sessions include a guest speaker who will speak to the themes of the day, and often feature agents and editors to give inside advice on how to get your work out there. Sessions are delivered via Zoom webinar, so you can take the day at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are only able to attend part of the day, the other sessions will be available to view for a fortnight after the course.
Online Writing Day: Copywriting
The copywriting workout
Online Writing Day: Fiction
Going for bold: the poetry of prose
Online Writing Day: Poetry with Richard Scott
The Houses are Haunted
At Home Writing Weekends
Arvon Online Writing Weekends are for those writers whose lives don’t allow an entire week off. Longer than a Masterclass, shorter than a Writing Week, they are are deep-dives into craft, presenting time to write, re-make, and experiment. Over three days, you will explore your words and ideas in a series of interactive workshops, and fine-tune them in focused tutorials with your tutors. Your pages will grow, and so will you as a writer. All gatherings and one-to-ones will be delivered via Zoom, so you’ll need to have a reliable internet connection.
No courses or retreats found.
How I Write
Now more than ever we need stories – to engage, to entertain, to nourish, and to help us make sense of what we’re living through. So join us from the comfort of your sofa and listen to writers share their work, the stories behind their work, and invaluable writing advice directly from their own desk (or maybe the kitchen table). And the best part? At the end you get to ask them questions about their words, pick their brains on craft, and learn more about the business of writing.
Children & Young People
It’s fair to say 2020 probably wasn’t the year any of us expected. As we dust ourselves off, with new working environments and home arrangements springing up around us, we find ourselves navigating a world that feels familiar yet also markedly different. The impact of these changes seems to be especially acute for young people, and our new Arvon at Home Workshops for Children and Young People are designed with this in mind. They offer online opportunities for creativity and self-expression, outside the curriculum, for young people aged 8 upwards, whether from their own home or in a school classroom, under the guidance of expert tutors in poetry and prose.
Online 1–1 tutorials are available to book in a range of genres. If you have a writing project on the go, this is a wonderful opportunity to get in-depth one-to-one feedback on your writing. You can now request a 1-1 with an Arvon tutor of your choice, and select times and dates that work for you. You’ll get one hour of one-to-one feedback via Zoom, and a follow-up email with recommendations on the next steps you can take with your writing.
Tutors currently available for 1-1s include:
Adam Marek, Colin Grant, Christopher Wakling, Elise Valmorbida, Horatio Clare, Kerry Young, Marcus Sedgwick, Jen Hadfield, Lucy Burnett, Rory MacLean and Rachel Long.