“To step over the threshold has
always been to step into a world of writing.”
Totleigh Barton, the first ever Arvon centre, is a 16th-century manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon. There is a beautiful and productive garden and orchard. The recently renovated barn offers a comfortable space for evening readings. It lies two miles from the village of Sheepwash, with walks along the River Torridge nearby.
Totleigh Barton has 12 single rooms and two shared rooms. The main work/ living space is fully accessible and there is a wheelchair-accessible bedroom with en suite bathroom.
The nearest railway station is Exeter St Davids. We can arrange for course participants to share a taxi to and from the station if you contact us in advance.
From Okehampton, take the A386 towards Hatherleigh. At the roundabout outside Hatherleigh, turn left and take the A3072 to Highampton, where you need to look for the right-hand turning for Sheepwash (on a sharp, left hand bend). After about a mile, turn right to Totleigh, immediately before the bridge over the River Torridge, and down a narrow lane, signposted Totleigh. After about 3/4 mile, on a long rise, you’ll see the Arvon sign at the start of a track on the left. The house is at the very end of this track.
The nearest train station is Exeter St David’s, which is just over an hour’s drive away from Totleigh. Please contact us at least a week before the course starts if you’d like a taxi to collect you from the station. The pick-up point is immediately outside the main station exit at 3.30pm. You can share the fare with others travelling to Totleigh, paying the driver on arrival. We can also arrange for a taxi to take you back to Exeter St David’s on Saturday morning at 10am.
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COURSES AT Totleigh Barton ALL COURSES
6 . STARTING TO WRITE
A course in your first miracles
If you are new to fiction and poetry and wish to take your first steps into wri ...
- Monique Roffey
- Kei Miller
- Guest: JJ Bola
8 . STARTING TO WRITE
Find your voice
Do you have a story to tell but don’t know where to begin? It is common for w ...
- Alex Christofi
- Mona Arshi
- Guest: Nick Makoha
15 . CRIME FICTION
The mysterious art of murder
This week is designed to encourage and accelerate your development as a crime w ...
- Andrew Taylor
- Louise Welsh
- Guest: Mark Billingham
20 . EDITING FICTION
Looking at your work in depth
Whether you’re trying to edit short stories or a novel, this course will help ...
- Jenn Ashworth
- Alexa von Hirschberg
- Guest: Will Francis
23 . ROMANTIC FICTION
From ‘cute meet’ to ‘coupled up’: plotting romantic fiction
Easy to read but definitely not so easy to write, romantic fiction, like all go ...
- Chrissie Manby
- Mike Gayle
- Guest: Veronica Henry
27 . FICTION: TUTORED RETREAT
How to make purposeful progress on your fiction
Wherever you are in your writing life – just starting or five novels in – t ...
- Edward Docx
- Samantha Harvey
- Guest: Ailah Ahmed
29 . FICTION: WORK-IN-PROGRESS
Making your way through the labyrinth
Most writing is re-writing. Getting momentum behind a first draft is important, ...
- Jonathan Lee
- Anne Meadows
- Guest: Kit de Waal
32 . FLASH FICTION
The shortest of stories. Enough said.
Short on words but long on depth, flash fiction stings like good poetry. Punchy ...
- Tania Hershman
- Nuala O’Connor
- Guest: David Gaffney
34 . FICTION
The techniques and processes of writing fiction
A week designed to stimulate and give space for writing, for anyone who’s abo ...
- Rachel Seiffert
- Jonathan Buckley
- Guest: Jane Harris
38 . POETRY
Truth and daring
“I for one can barely tell where I trail off and you begin, since human being ...
- Caroline Bird
- Andrew McMillan
- Guest: Wayne Holloway-Smith
44 . POETRY
Finding the material that’s important to you
What are the poems you really want to write? Whoever you are and whatever stage ...
- Jean Sprackland
- Robert Seatter
- Guest: Chrissy Williams
49 . POETRY: TUTORED RETREAT
Placing your words
This tutored retreat will give you the opportunity to closely examine your work ...
- Liz Berry
- Ian Duhig
- Guest: Miriam Nash
53 . POETRY
A practical guide to badly behaved poems
Too many poems behave like we expect poems to behave. If you have ideas you’v ...
- Clare Pollard
- Luke Kennard
- Guest: Sophie Collins
55 . NATURE WRITING
Ways of expressing the wild and minded land
The need to explore and question humanity’s relationship with nature is more ...
- Jay Griffiths
- Tim Dee
- Guest: Tom Hirons and Rima Staines
58 . NARRATIVE NON-FICTION
Writing from life
A trunk in the attic, a hundred-year-old photograph album, travel journals, let ...
- Rory MacLean
- Julie Summers
- Guest: Wendy Moore
65 . PICTURE BOOKS
Storytelling through an original picture book
Picture books often give us our first glimpse into the world of stories. In the ...
- Alexis Deacon
- Mei Matsuoka
- Guest: Katherina Manolessou
72 . STARTING TO WRITE A PLAY
Unleash your imaginative potential
How do you kick-start your theatrical imagination and synthesise inspiration wi ...
- Tanika Gupta
- April De Angelis
- Guest: Brad Birch
76 . SCREENWRITING
Project development and creative storytelling
This week is aimed at nurturing projects for the screen from conception to comp ...
- Paul Fraser
- Rachel Tunnard
- Guest: Paul Ashton
78 . RADIO DRAMA
Writing for sound
For writers who are new to radio, the concept of telling a story through sound ...
- Dan Rebellato
- Polly Thomas
- Guest: Eloise Whitmore
79 . PLAYWRITING
From idea to page to stage
Whether you have an idea but haven’t quite got around to writing that award-w ...
- Alexis Zegerman
- Matt Hartley
- Guest: Matthew Xia
83 . BOOK ART
Word landscapes: adventures in book art
Expect to create wild landscapes in paper, using curious book forms and word pl ...
- Rachel Hazell
- Nancy Campbell
- Guest: Richard Long
84 . SONGWRITING
In search of the song
This course, for songwriters with some experience, will guide you on a quest fo ...
- Kathryn Williams
- Michele Stodart
- Guest: Romeo Stodart
85 . SPRING RETREAT
Let your writing grow with the rhythm of the season. Surrounded by the rich Dev ...