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
Peter Papathanasiou – My two writing births
18 Jul 2019 / Lumb Bank
I’ve had two writing births in my life: the birth, and the rebirth. My time at Arvon in 2013 was part…Read more
Peter Leyland – What we did on our holidays
11 Dec 2018 / #Arvon50
What do marketing analysts, postgraduate history scholars, Information Technology librarians, and recently retired teachers have in common? Answer – they don’t…Read more
Barbara McDaid – I’m Still Here
29 Nov 2018 / #Arvon50
‘I’m not sure I’m cut out for this’ I said, my case packed and my taxi due. Having been trying my…Read more