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What is the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Programme:

The Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Programme, run in partnership with Jerwood Charitable Foundation, takes on twelve talented, emerging writers, who receive mentoring for one year by an established writer working in either Poetry, Fiction or Playwriting.

This is a unique opportunity to transform your writing practice. Over the course of the year you will benefit from dedicated support and guidance with your writing, two week-long residentials at an Arvon centre, additional industry advice, and publication in a group anthology.

Applications are closed for the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Programme 2017/18. We now aim to run the programme biennially, so subject to continued funding, the next iteration will run from 2019-2020 and open for applications in late 2018. The terms of the scheme are reviewed each time but it’s likely that it will be open to applications from 2017 and 2018 Arvon course participants, with additional eligibility requirements. For more details contact the scheme’s coordinator, Joe Bibby. Scroll down to find out more about this year’s programme.


The Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Programme is generously supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.


About this year’s programme:

Now in its eighth year, the recipients of the 2017/18 Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Programme will receive support via mentoring, writing time and professional development.


Mentoring on the 2017/18 programme are playwright Tim Crouch, poet Pascale Petit and novelist Jacob Ross. These inspiring mentors will take on four writers each in their category, supporting and guiding them in their work over the course of the year, from a week of intensive workshops, to preparing their work for publication in a group anthology.

Writing time

In addition to ongoing mentoring, the beginning and end of the year are each marked by a week away at Totleigh Barton, our oldest Arvon centre, in the Devon countryside. Beginning with a tutored Masterclass Week in March 2017 with the three mentors, the year concludes with a Retreat Week without the mentors in February 2018. These weeks will provide the scheme’s mentees with the time and space to focus on their writing, away from their everyday lives. Later in the year mentees will be offered specialist advice sessions with industry insiders, and the twelve writers’ development over the year will culminate in an anthology of works, in print and e-book format, and a book launch at the Free Word Centre in London.

To find out more about the mentors and the mentees in this years Jerwood/ Arvon Mentoring Programme, click here.


Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. The aim of its funding is to allow artists and arts organisations to thrive; to continue to develop their skills, imagination and creativity with integrity. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts. For more information visit


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Apply! - it’s the best thing you can possibly do to aid your development as a writer. — Charlotte Coates, Jerwood/Arvon playwriting mentee 2015/16


Joe Bibby
Learning and Participation Coordinator

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