Covid-19 Update

Following government advice, and with the safety and wellbeing of our staff and course participants in mind, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all residential writing courses until the end of 2020. It’s with huge regret that we have had to take this step, but current, extraordinary circumstances have left us with no other choice.

We will be in touch with all writers who have booked places on our imminent courses outlining your options. We will explain how to go about requesting a refund, transferring to another course later in the year, or converting your credit into an Arvon gift voucher which can be redeemed against any course for the next three years, including our online 1-1 tutorials. If the closure period is extended, we will be in contact in good time, and we’ll post updates here and via our social media channels.

We have recently announced Totleigh Barton and Lumb Bank will open in November and December for Covid-secure residential Writers’ Retreats, limited to six participants. Find out more here. The Clockhouse is also open for retreats, with availability through to April 2021.

Finally, we would humbly ask you to consider that, as a charity working with hundreds of young people and disadvantaged adults each year, and supporting the livelihood of hundreds of writers, Arvon’s course fees constitute our most vital source of income. With our centres closed, the uncertainty ahead is a huge challenge for those who work for and with us. Therefore, if you felt able to make a donation at we would be profoundly grateful. Any amount, however large or small, will be of help in seeing Arvon through this difficult period. You can make your donation go further with Gift Aid, enabling Arvon to boost your donation by 25p of every £1 you donate, at no extra cost to you.

Thank you so much for your understanding and support at this unprecedented time, and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our writing houses soon.

Andrew Kidd
Chief Executive and Artistic Director