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Developing and editing fiction

GENRE: Fiction
Lumb Bank

This course is open to BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) fiction writers who have already begun or completed a draft of a manuscript, and are seeking help and support in restructuring, developing technical skills, and gaining professional feedback. Find out what you need to do to make your story even better from two writers who have a wealth of experience nurturing words from first thoughts to final drafts. You’ll have one-to-one tutorials as well as morning workshops where you will share work, get plenty of group feedback and explore the joys of editing. A week to enjoy and develop your writing.

This residential week will give you an opportunity to immerse yourself in craft alongside other writers – as well as form important professional relationships and insights.


Patrice Lawrence’s debut YA novel, Orangeboy, won the Bookseller YA Prize and the Waterstones Prize for Older Children’s Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award. Indigo Donut, her second book, was shortlisted for the Bookseller YA Prize, was Book of the Week in The Times, The Sunday Times and The Observer, and was one of The Times‘ top children’s books in 2017. Both books have been nominated for the Carnegie Award.

Kerry Young is the author of three novels: Pao, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Book Prize, Gloria, longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and Show Me a Mountain. Kerry is a Reader for The Literary Consultancy, a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, Honorary Assistant Professor in the School of English at The University of Nottingham, and Honorary Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Leicester.

Who can apply?

This residential week is open for applications from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) writers aged 18 and above who are living in the UK and writing in English. The week is specifically aimed at debut writers and committed writers currently working on a fiction project.

The week has been developed in partnership with Written, a project supporting BAME writers to get their debut fiction books literally ‘written’ and onto the shelves. The project aims to create safe, supportive environments for participating writers. We particularly encourage applications from debut writers, and writers who are disabled or socially-isolated.


Single room price: £330

Shared Room Price: £300

The cost includes five nights’ accommodation, meals & all workshops, tutorials and support. The course will run from Monday afternoon to Saturday morning.

Places are limited.

Please note that as the cost of the course is subsidised through Arvon’s own fundraising to support the development of BAME writers, we are unable to offer any additional grants.

Arvon welcomes people with disabilities – see here  for more details 


How to Apply

To apply, email:

  • An extract of your fiction. (maximum length 1000 words).
  • Also: Full name, address and email, on a letter of application (see below on what to include in your letter) Send to: by 5pm on Monday 3 September 2018 with the subject title: WRITTEN: FICTION COURSE 22-27 October 2018.

In your letter of application, please tell us about the following:

  • Why you are applying for this course, what you hope to achieve from the week in terms of developing your own writing, and what you think you can contribute to the experience of working with other writers in a supportive, creative environment. (Max 300 words)
  • A short description of the fiction project that you are currently working on (Max 300 words)
  • Any special considerations or needs you may have.
  • Confirmation that you are free and able to attend the course from Monday 22 October from 4.30pm to Saturday 27 October 10am.
  • Please also state on your letter if you wish to be considered for a single room or a shared room.

Applications will be read by a representative of both partners and all applicants will be contacted by email to confirm their place by no later than 5pm on Friday 14 September 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Joe Bibby on 0207 324 2562


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