Bring a School - Creative Writing Residentials - Arvon


Pupils from school writing at table

At Arvon we believe anyone can be a writer. Since 1968 we have been running residential creative writing courses for schools, groups and individuals. Each year we organise over 40 weeks with schools and groups from across the UK (and beyond). Five days that can ignite a life-long love of creative writing.

  • A chance for your students to spend five days living together in a beautiful location, immersed in words, tutored by two published writers (from genres of your choice, and selected in consultation with you) along with a guest writer who visits midweek.
  • Five days of group workshops, individual tutorials, time and space for students to develop their work, evening readings.
  • Our centres provide the perfect environment for imagination to thrive and for writing and language skills to improve. The experience can also help with self-belief, confidence and communication skills. For many, these five days can be life-changing. Our centres are located in Devon, Shropshire and Yorkshire.
  • Our school weeks are for 16 pupils, accompanied by two teachers acting in loco parentis. The weeks are generally for young people aged 11 and over, although each year we also run several primary school weeks for Year 6 pupils.

We also run bespoke projects such as Mother Tongues, working with multilingual young people, and Writing The Game – exploring creative writing with pupils who love football but are less engaged with English and writing. See below for more information on each.

We are always keen to welcome new schools to Arvon. If you have any questions or would like to make a booking please email Sophie at


Five days at Arvon can be life-changing. Students (and their teachers) have commented on:

  • Expanded imagination
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Improved writing, literacy and language skills
  • Engagement and enjoyment in learning
  • Development of self-esteem , confidence, social skills and team working
  • A new passion for writing
  • An experience of independent living


The weeks are residential. They last from Monday afternoon until Friday afternoon.

Arrival: Between 2.00pm and 3.30pm on Monday

Departure: 2pm on Friday (Can also depart earlier with a packed lunch if preferred)

Monday – Arrival and introductory workshop.

Tuesday – Thursday Morning: Group writing workshops led by the tutors.

Tuesday – Thursday Afternoon: Tutorials (each student sees each tutor for a detailed one-to-one feedback session) and free writing time.

Tuesday evening: Tutor reading

Wednesday evening: Guest reading

Thursday evening: A celebration with students reading from work that they have produced during the course.

Friday morning: A final morning workshop and goodbyes.

I will consider becoming an author because of this course

— Student, Freeborough Academy

I get ideas all the time now, just as I casually walk around. I have more confidence. I’ve been inspired

— Student, Solihull School

What a treat to work with professional writers and pupils in such a beautiful, stimulating environment. Room to develop ideas and talents that had been on the back burner for years

— Teacher, Heckmondwike Grammar


Sophie Lloyd-Catchpole
Learning and Partnership Manager

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