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GENRE: Arvon Tutor
The Hurst

This residential week, for creative writing tutors, is intended as an opportunity to focus on your own creativity as well as developing your teaching practice. It is suitable for writers of all genres, and is heavily subsidised as part of our commitment to providing professional development opportunities to writers.

There will be a combination of writing workshops aimed at generating new work of your own and group work looking critically at key aspects of the teaching of creative writing, as well as time and space to focus on your own writing.

The structure of the week will be flexible, and the content will to some extent be shaped by the group. Workshops will look at form and structure, drafting, editing and strategies for increasing writers’ confidence when presenting their work; also, how to help people to keep writing beyond their Arvon week. There will be opportunities to share ideas formally and informally, and discuss a variety of approaches to the teaching of poetry and fiction.

The group will have the chance to consider the arc and rhythm of a residential course, and to reflect on the dynamic between writing and our teaching practice, as well as sharing enthusiasm for writers who continue to inspire you.

Writers should bring their experience of leading writing workshops and courses with writers across a range of ages and abilities – both for Arvon and in other contexts – and a willingness to learn something new.

“From the outset it was the founders of Arvon’s belief that an Arvon Centre was a ‘Freehouse of the Imagination’, and as such didn’t belong to, but was owned by anyone and everyone who opened themselves to being part of its life.” John Moat, Co-founder of Arvon


The cost of the week is £400. This is subsidised as part of Arvon’s Learning and Participation Programme and included all food, accommodation and tuition.

Thanks to funding from a trust, we are also able to offer a further £200 bursary for two writers on this course who are unable to afford the full course costs. If you would like to be considered for a bursary then please do mention this when you email your statement.

Course Duration 

The course runs over four nights, with arrival will be from 4.30pm on Monday 9 April, and departure by 2pm on Friday 13 April 2018.

To apply for this course you are invited to provide a brief statement about what you hope to achieve from the course and areas of tutoring you might like to focus on. Your statement should answer the following questions:

  1. What do you hope to get from the course in terms of benefit to your own writing and developing your skills as a creative writing workshop leader or tutor? (Max 500 words)
  2. Are there any specific aspects of tutoring a creative writing course that you would like to cover during the residential week (for example leading workshops, sharing texts to generate material, leading tutorials, editing writing, how to select work for an anthology, working with young people and vulnerable adults or any other aspect of tutoring or leading creative writing communities)? (Max 250 words)

Please send your statement by email to Joe Bibby on
by Monday 26 March 2018


Some feedback from Arvon tutors who participated in previous Tutor Development courses:

“This course has given me far more confidence and expanded my writing tutor toolbox significantly. Formal and informal skill-sharing have been fantastic. I will take so much good practice back home with me.”

“It was a wonderfully supportive, nurturing, creative and enjoyable experience. I go away more centred as a writer and more confident and inventive as a teacher.”

“I came to the week feeling stuck, with a serious dip/low in confidence that had been with me for a few months. I’m leaving unstuck, with some new work, new ideas and a renewed confidence and inspiration.”

Single room price: £400

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