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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.

CBmG3PGW8AEqVTT• 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 develop new schools. If you have any questions or would like to make a booking please contact Joe on 0207 324 2562 or email


I will consider becoming an author because of this course

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

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


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 4pm on a Monday afternoon until 10am on a Saturday morning.

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Arrival: Between 4pm and 5pm on Monday

Departure: 10am on Saturday (or Friday after lunch if you have a younger group.)

Tuesday – Friday Morning: Group writing workshops led by the tutors

Tuesday – Friday 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 free night; some groups arrange readings where students read published writing, or teachers may want to organise another activity.

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


Joe Bibby
Learning and Participation Coordinator

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