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Arvon Teacher

Time and space to write

Apr 2nd – Apr 7th 2018
The Hurst – The John Osborne Arvon Centre, Shropshire

Do you teach writing in the classroom but never get the time for your own creative writing? This writing week, exclusively for teachers and during the Easter school holidays, will help you discover your inner writer, and transform the way you teach creative writing back in the classroom.

You’ll experience an inspirational mixture of workshops and individual tutorials with highly regarded authors, the support of your fellow writers, and plenty of time and space to write. Whilst the focus of the week is on developing your own writing, you will also have the opportunity to reflect on how you can use new approaches to creative writing in your teaching.

Whether you want to write poetry or prose, we will create a safe and welcoming environment for you to find your voice and refine your technique. These five days will give you the creative momentum to continue writing long after the course is over.

This course will be held at The Hurst, Arvon’s writing centre in Shropshire. Thanks to support from funders we are able to offer places for the reduced fee of £500 (two-thirds of the usual cost), which includes all food and accommodation as well as workshops, individual tutorials, and readings by both tutors and a guest writer. All bedrooms are ensuite, and the centre is fully accessible.


To book: Book online here or call The Hurst on 01588 640 658 or email  You will need to send evidence that you are a practising teacher at a UK primary or secondary school, or F.E. College. This could be a letter from your employer or recent wage slip. Your booking will be provisional until we have confirmation of your teacher status.

Feedback from previous Arvon Teacher courses:

“I have had an absolutely fantastic week. I feel raring to go and show my students everything that I have learned and enjoyed.”

“Inspirational. Don’t hesitate to go. It will help you make connections between your role as a writer and teacher and inspire you to approach teaching of writing more creatively.”

“A life-affirming experience…I have rediscovered creativity and freedom in my writing.”


Narinder Dhami is an award-winning author and has been a full-time writer for 17 years. Her books include 13 Hours, Bang, Bang, You’re Dead!, the novelisation of the film Bend It Like Beckham and many of the multi-million selling ‘Rainbow Magic’ titles. Narinder spent nine years teaching in the East End of London before leaving the profession to write full-time.

Steve Voake is the award-winning author of more than 20 books for young people including The Dreamwalker’s Child, The Starlight Conspiracy and Blood Hunters. He has experience as a headteacher in Somerset and is currently Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. He has taught a writing masterclass for The Guardian and was long listed for the University of Canberra’s International Poetry Prize in 2016.