What happens on an Arvon course? You’ll live at one of our writing centres with group of up to 15 other writers, and working with two tutors.
Our writing centres have a comfortable, friendly and informal atmosphere – they’re not hotels, they are your home for a week. You can find out more about the accommodation and food here.
Most Arvon weeks run from Monday afternoon to Saturday morning. You’ll typically have a workshop each morning, and free time for writing and one-to-one tutorials in the afternoons. In the evenings we’ll host readings by the tutors and guest, and on the last night you’ll share your work with the group as part of a relaxed and friendly celebration. It’s worth noting that short courses and retreats follow a slightly different structure, and you can find out more about them here.
Each morning the tutors lead workshops to help you explore writing ideas, forms and techniques. (Tutored retreats do not have workshops.)
Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. You’ll have two tutorials (at least 20 minutes long), one with each tutor during the week, to consider your writing in depth.
On Monday participants arrive between 4.30pm and 6pm. After dinner the tutors give a general introduction to the week.
On Tuesday evening the tutors will read from their own work.
On Wednesday the guest speaker joins the group for an evening reading or talk, with questions and answers afterwards.
On Friday evening the group gets together to share and celebrate their work.
The week comes to a close on Saturday morning, after breakfast.
ARVON WEEK BLOGS
Anne Patterson’s Arvon Week
22 Jun 2018 / My Arvon Week
In August 2007 I nearly didn’t go on an Arvon novel writing course. My ex said he had to go abroad…Read more
Kirin’s Resolution Writing – Sensing Culture
15 Feb 2018 / General
I decided in 2018 one of my new year’s resolutions was to try at least one new thing each month. To…Read more
Annie Fox – My Arvon Week
02 Feb 2018 / General
In July 2017, I was in a barn in Totleigh Barton listening to one of our playwriting tutors, Brad Birch, read…Read more
Louisa Rhodes Arvon Week
17 Jul 2017 / Lumb Bank
For the first week of the Easter holiday, I was lucky enough to go off on a Hive South Yorkshire and…Read more