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Arvon Advanced Writing Programme

Arvon Advanced Writing Programme

Arvon is delighted to be launching its first-ever Advanced Writing Programme, which offers 15 writers two years of sustained engagement and the opportunity to work towards completion of a project, whether in poetry, non-fiction or fiction.

The Advanced Writing Programme consists of three Arvon residential writing weeks, three Arvon online writing weeks, eight Arvon online group workshops and eight Arvon online 1-1 sessions. It will run from September 2024 to July 2026, culminating in a graduation showcase to which friends, family and industry professionals will be invited.

The programme will be led by three dedicated Arvon tutors – Caroline Bird (poetry) Cal Flyn (non-fiction) and Jacob Ross (fiction) – who will work with the group as a whole for elements of the programme, and then more concentratedly with the five individuals comprising their respective genre groups.

Caroline Bird, Cal Flyn and Jacob Ross

Five places are allocated for each genre – poetry, non-fiction, fiction – with participants selected through an application process that closes on 24 May 2024.

Graduates of the Arvon Advanced Writing Programme will receive a Certificate of Completion and join what will become, in time, a growing body of Arvon Advanced Writing Programme alumni.

The full course fee is £8,000, with two free places and two half-price places available.

If you would like to apply for the Advanced Writing Programme, please submit a writing sample of up to 5,000 words or 10 poems, as well as a personal statement explaining how this opportunity would make a difference to you as a writer, no later than 12pm on Friday 24 May.

Applications, or any questions you might have, should be sent by email to

If you wish to apply for a free or half-price place, please indicate this in your application, providing details of eligibility. You can read about our criteria for grants and concessions here.