Our writing houses may be temporarily closed, but Arvon remains very much open, helping people make space for creativity and connecting them with the finest writing tutors. 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 our Writing Weeks, Masterclasses, Live Guest Readings, Craft of Writing Sessions, our Children & Young People programme and Arvon 1-1s, all accessible from the comfort of your sofa.

Live Guest Readings

Now more than ever we need stories – to engage, to distract, to entertain, to nourish, and to help us make sense of what we’re living through. And so while you can’t come to us, instead we will come to you, bringing today’s leading writers into your home one night a week. Every Wednesday evening at 7:15pm an Arvon tutor will join us as a guest, to read from their own work and answer your questions live and in person online. The reading and interactive Q&A will be hosted on Zoom and tickets are just £5.

Masterclasses

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. The cost is £35 (concession £17.50).

Online 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 free ticket to our Wednesday live guest reading, and a celebratory Friday evening reading to share your work. The cost is £375 (limited concessions available at £187.50).

Craft of Writing Sessions

Craft of Writing Sessions are invigorating deep dives into the creative processes of some of the finest writers at work today. Over the course of 80 minutes, they engage in expansive conversations about different facets of their craft: how they get their ideas; how they develop characters or build stories; or, more simply, how they make sentences. Each live session includes two audience Q&As.

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.

Arvon 1-1

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. The cost is £150.

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.

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