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TIPS & EXERCISES
Fictionalise Two Elements to Find the Why
In Satori in Paris, Jack Kerouac said ‘…made up stories and romances about what would happen IF are…
Write and Frame Each Single Shot
I started out as an actor, and the joke I tell when people ask me is that I’d been in so…
Questions to Develop Rich, Multi-Layered Characters
Think of the central character in a piece you are currently writing and note down your answers to these questions:
The Stories We Tell
In our new blog series, The Stories We Tell, leading writers share with you some of the inspirations, challenges and discoveries that led to the writing of their own stories, novels and poems.
My Arvon Week: Alice McIlroy
07 Jun 2023 / Lumb Bank
My Arvon Week: Alice McIlroy – from the 1970s to speculative fiction
I was stuck in the 1960s and…
Ledbury Poetry Competition 2022 Winners Announced
25 Jan 2023 / News
Arvon is delighted to announce that the Ledbury Poetry Competition 2022 has just announced its winners. This year’s competition…Read more
My Arvon Journey: Rod Vincent
18 Nov 2022 / Lumb Bank
It’s a misty autumn morning in Shropshire and I’ve just come back from a walk under a hailstorm of acorns. We…Read more
Arvon is looking for new trustees
06 Sep 2022 / General
Arvon was founded 54 years ago on a belief in the power of the imagination and the benefits of creative writing….Read more
Arts University Bournemouth International Poetry Prize 2023
Entries with the theme of 'Chance' are invited from writers worldwide aged over 16 to the Arts University Bournemouth International Poetry Prize 2023. Judged by long-time Arvon tutor Glyn Maxwell! Deadline: 30 June
Virago’s 50th Furies competition for unpublished authors
Virago are seeking unagented, unpublished writers from underrepresented backgrounds to write an original short story for this award celebrating their 50th anniversary. The winner will be published in the paperback and ebook editions of Furies next year, plus receive a contract worth £1500 and mentoring from a Virago editor. Deadline: 1 July.
Applications open for Southbank Centre’s New Poets Collective 2023/24
Centred around the National Poetry Library, the Southbank Centre New Poets Collective will comprise a group of 15 poets aged 22+ who, under the leadership of poets Vanessa Kisuule and Will Harris, will hone their skills and expand their knowledge and confidence. Closing date: 5 July.