COURSES & RETREATS

Online or in-person, from one hour to five weeks, you can find inspiration, support and transform your writing with Arvon. Discover our range of creative writing courses and events for writers of any genre and any level of experience.

WHAT IS AN ARVON COURSE?

In-person or online

Whatever the setting, online or at our historic writers’ houses in Devon, Shropshire and Yorkshire, Arvon is home to your imagination.

Nurturing
and advice

Be supported by expert tutors to help you explore and develop your writing. Hone your craft with an inspirational mix workshops, tutorials, readings and Q&As.

Time and
space to write

Step away from your normal routine and immerse yourself in the creative process without distractions. The perfect way to let your writing off the leash.

Community
of writers

Encouragement, support and fellowship from a group of writers. You’ll make meaningful friendships and inspire one another, while learning from today’s leading authors.

DISCOVER OUR RANGE

ARVON AT HOME

Our online programme of activities will help you find inspiration and keep writing, no matter the setting.

We're pleased to share our Writing Weeks, Short Courses, Evening Courses, Masterclasses, How I Write and Arvon 1-1s, all accessible from the comfort of your sofa, delivered via Zoom.

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMME

Live as a writer in one of our houses in Devon, Shropshire and Yorkshire.

Residential Writing Weeks and Tutored Retreats give you time and space to write, nurtured by two expert tutors. Experience the transformative power of Arvon, surrounded by beautiful scenery and a supportive group of peers.

ARVON LIVE

City-based day-long events with leading authors to inspire your writing and spur on new work.

The day usually consists of Masterclasses, time to write, a reading and Q&A with a guest speaker.

CLOCKHOUSE RETREATS

Give your writing the time at space it deserves at The Clockhouse in Shropshire.

Your own private apartment at our dedicated Writers Retreat, with bedroom, study, en-suite bathroom, and all food provided, for six-day and four-day writing retreats.

FIND A COURSE BY TYPE

Residential Writing Week

Online Writing Week

Masterclass

How I Write

Online Writing Day

Arvon Live

Online Writing Weekend

Residential Tutored Retreat

Children and Young People's Events

Residential Writing Week

Residential Writing Weeks take place at our houses in Devon, Shropshire and Yorkshire for 5 days and span a range of genres. You'll work closely with two tutors, each week consisting of workshops, one-to-one tutorials and evening readings. You’ll have time and space to write, and plenty of support. Long after you leave, your creativity will grow.

Jul 18-23

Totleigh Barton

Non-Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Narrative Non-Fiction

Honing your story, finding your voice

Laura Barton
Luke Turner
Guest: Rhik Samadder
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Jul 18-23

The Hurst

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Writing a Novel

Celebrate process and power in your writing

Amanda Smyth
Chris Cleave
Guest: Melody Razak
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Jul 18-23

Lumb Bank

Other

Residential Writing Week: Songwriting

Lyrics and Music

Kathryn Williams
Michele Stodart
Guest: Chris Difford
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Aug 8-13

The Hurst

Poetry

Residential Writing Week: Poetry

Moving towards a collection

Joelle Taylor
Yomi Sode
Guest: Amy Acre
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Aug 8-13

Totleigh Barton

Fiction, Poetry, Starting to Write

Residential Writing Week: Starting to Write

Finding joy

Rachel Long
Jenn Ashworth
Guest: Casey Bailey
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Aug 15-20

Totleigh Barton

Theatre, Other

Residential Writing Week: Musical Theatre

Using music and lyrics to tell the tale

Willy Russell
Nick Stimson
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Aug 22-27

Lumb Bank

Poetry

Residential Writing Week: Poetry

The rebel's art form

Marilyn Hacker
lisa luxx
Guest: Yousif M. Qasmiyeh
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Aug 29-Sep 3

Totleigh Barton

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Editing Fiction

New perspectives

Rose Tomaszewska
KJ Orr
Guest: Sam Copeland
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Aug 29-Sep 3

The Hurst

Fiction, Children & YA

Residential Writing Week: Writing for Children and Young Adults

The nitty gritty of storytelling for younger readers

Yaba Badoe
Christopher William Hill
Guest: Danielle Jawando
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Aug 29-Sep 3

Lumb Bank

Fiction, Non-Fiction, Other

Residential Writing Week: Writing Place

Paths into psychogeography

Will Self
Amy Liptrot
Guest: Joanna Kavenna
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Sep 19-24

Totleigh Barton

Fiction, Non-Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Life Writing

The art of writing from life

Anna Wilson
Lily Dunn
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Sep 19-24

The Hurst

Screenwriting, Theatre

Residential Writing Week: Stage & Screen

Discovering playfulness

Suhayla El Bushra
David Eldridge
Guest: Sarah Rutherford
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Sep 22-25

Lumb Bank

Poetry

Residential Short Course: Poetry

Writing the landscape

Clare Shaw
Carola Luther

Sep 26-Oct 1

Lumb Bank

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Fiction Work-in-Progress

Cross the finish line (and make your novel shine)

Sharon Duggal
Beth Miller
Guest: Paul Mendez
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Sep 26-Oct 1

The Hurst

Fiction, Poetry, Starting to Write

Residential Writing Week: Starting to Write

Taking on the blank page

Christopher Wakling
Rebecca Perry
Guest: Selina Nwulu
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Oct 3-8

Totleigh Barton

Poetry

Residential Writing Week: Poetry

Finding your unique voice

Nikita Gill
Nadine Aisha Jassat
Guest: Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa
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Online Writing Week

Our acclaimed week-long writing courses are now available online. Capturing the transformative power of an Arvon week, you’ll experience a week of workshops, one-to-ones, social gatherings and readings delivered by two Arvon tutors via Zoom. You’ll connect with a small group of fellow writers and unleash your imagination, all from the comfort of your own home. 

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Masterclass

Join an Arvon tutor for a two-hour masterclass, delivered live via Zoom webinar. Similar to workshops on a traditional Arvon course, the tutor will share their invaluable writing advice and explore forms and techniques. You’ll also have time to write over the two hours, with helpful prompts set by the tutor.  

Jul 12

Online

Poetry

Masterclass: The Poetics of Home

Zoom Masterclass with Romalyn Ante

Romalyn Ante

Jul 19

Online

Non-Fiction

Masterclass: The Essay

Zoom Masterclass with Brian Dillon

Brian Dillon

Jul 29

Online

Fiction, Short Story

Masterclass: Sci-Fi, Speculative Fiction, and the Unknown

Zoom Masterclass with Liz Jensen

Liz Jensen

Aug 2

Online

Screenwriting, Theatre

Masterclass: Autobiographical Theatre

Zoom Masterclass with Caroline Horton

Caroline Horton

Aug 5

Online

Poetry

Masterclass: Hide and Seek: Child’s play and the poem

Zoom Masterclass with Victoria Kennefick

Victoria Kennefick

Aug 9

Online

Fiction

Arvon at Home Masterclass: Flawed Characters in Fiction

Zoom masterclass with Maame Blue

Maame Blue

Aug 16

Online

Fiction

Masterclass: Historical Fiction

Zoom Masterclass with Katherine Clements

Katherine Clements

Aug 23

Online

Poetry

Masterclass: Prose Poetry

Zoom Masterclass with Maya C. Popa

Maya C. Popa

Aug 30

Online

Fiction, Children & YA

Masterclass: Writing Successful Stories for Middle Grade Readers

Zoom Masterclass with Emma Carroll

Emma Carroll

Sep 2

Online

Fiction, Non-Fiction

Masterclass: Telling the Tale

Zoom Masterclass with Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey

Sep 9

Online

Fiction, Non-Fiction, Publishing

Masterclass: Editing Fiction and Non-Fiction

Fine-tuning your prose project

Hannah Chukwu

Sep 20

Online

Fiction, Other

Masterclass: How to Teach Creative Writing [Fiction]

Zoom Masterclass with Rachel Seiffert

Rachel Seiffert

Sep 27

Online

Fiction, Short Story

Masterclass: Flash Fiction

Zoom Masterclass with David Gaffney

David Gaffney

Sep 30

Online

Masterclass: Poems of Playfulness and Delight

Zoom Masterclass with Claudine Toutoungi

Claudine Toutoungi

Oct 19

Other

Fiction, Non-Fiction, Starting to Write, Short Story, Other

Arvon Live: Writing Motherhood

An inspiration session in partnership with Quay Words and Mothership Writers

Emylia Hall

Oct 21

Online

Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Other

Masterclass: Writing Sylvia Plath

Zoom Masterclass with Heather Clark

Heather Clark
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How I Write

Now more than ever we need stories – to engage, to entertain, to nourish, and to help us make sense of what we’re living through. So join us from the comfort of your sofa and listen to writers share their work, the stories behind their work, and invaluable writing advice directly from their own desk (or maybe the kitchen table). And the best part? At the end you get to ask them questions about their words, pick their brains on craft, and learn more about the business of writing. Delivered live via Zoom webinar and recorded so you can watch back later. 

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Online Writing Day

Need a boost while you tackle your latest writing project? These one-day courses are aimed at writers who already have a work in progress, or a current working practise and would like a concentrated bolt of creative inspiration.  Delivered live via Zoom webinar and recorded for you to watch back later.

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Online Writing Weekend

Arvon Writing Weekends are for those writers whose lives don’t allow an entire week off. Longer than a Masterclass, shorter than a Writing Week, they are are deep-dives into craft, presenting time to write, re-make, and experiment. Over three days, you will explore your words and ideas in a series of interactive workshops, and fine-tune them in focused tutorials with your tutors. Your pages will grow, and so will you as a writer. All gatherings and one-to-ones will be delivered via Zoom, so you’ll need to have a reliable internet connection.

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Residential Tutored Retreat

Our residential tutored retreats are designed to allow you the time and space to focus on your writing from our houses in Devon, Shropshire and Yorkshire. Tutored retreats allow you plenty of writing time in the mornings without workshops. You'll benefit from one-to-one tutorials with your tutors in the afternoons and a guest on Wednesday.

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Children and Young People's Events

Arvon at Home Workshops for Children and Young People offer online opportunities for creativity and self-expression, outside the curriculum, for young people aged 8 upwards, whether from their own home or in a school classroom, under the guidance of expert tutors in poetry and prose.

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FIND A COURSE BY GENRE

Fiction

Poetry

Non-Fiction

Starting to Write

Children & YA

Screenwriting

Theatre

Other

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Fiction

Our famous residential fiction writing courses, held in remote countryside locations. Tutored by leading authors including Mark Haddon, Sunjeev Sahota and Kamila Shamsie. Long after you leave, your creativity will grow.

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Poetry

Our poetry courses begin with a warm welcome, give inspirational support, and end with transformation. Since 1968, our poetry courses have supported and inspired writers of all kinds.

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View of the valley from Lumb Bank, Arvon's writing centre

Non-Fiction

Non-fiction and lifewriting courses for writers of all levels.

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One-to-one tutorial at Lumb Bank, a writer and tutor discussing some work

Starting to Write

Build your writing confidence in a supportive environment, led by experts. We offer Starting to Write courses in specific genres and more general Starting to Write courses that include both fiction and poetry writing. Starting to Write courses include workshops and one-to-one tutorials.

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Children & YA

Our range of courses and retreats aimed at writing for younger audiences – from picture books and children’s fiction, to YA fiction – will leave you feeling inspired, having made progress on your writing.

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Screenwriting

Many writers who have been on Arvon’s TV and Film courses go on to have their work produced. There are in-depth workshops each morning, personal feedback on your script in one-to-one tutorials, chances to share your work and ask industry experts questions in the evening, lots of writing time and opportunities for creative inspiration.

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Theatre

Our theatre and playwriting courses are the perfect environment to release imaginative potential. On these courses you will benefit from the support of accomplished playwrights, plenty of time to write, workshops and tutorials.

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Other

We like to keep things interesting at Arvon, and these courses don’t fit into a box. From writing for wellbeing and preparing for publication, to hybrid writing and nature writing, these courses are as unique as your imagination.

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GRANTS & CONCESSIONS

Grants are available for writers who are unable to afford our full course fees and would otherwise be unable to attend an Arvon week. We offer two grants: a low income grant and a teachers grant. We also offer concession pricing of up to 50% off an Arvon course, with a generous eligibility criteria.

"My week at Arvon was transformative. The advice, the ideas, the people and the experience have taken my writing to new levels, in ways that I couldn’t have anticipated before attending the week."

— Liz Sage

"An Arvon course is transformative and energising for tutor and student alike; it draws a temporary magic circle within which nobody has to duck their head and apologise for calling themselves a writer."

— Patrick Gale

"Two weeks ago I’d never have scribbled away on a train like this. I might daydream out of the window, passing the time, losing all those thoughts to the air. But now they’ve become a source of stories. Stories everywhere that only I can capture, only I can tell."

— Course participant

It was a week that changed my life. I was very nervous, wondering if I was kidding myself, but the tutors' exercises shook me up. They got me thinking about different ways to write. One of the big things for me was narrative voice, particularly exploring first person, and Kester's voice cam from that....I went on that course thinking I want to be a writer and I left feeling I am a writer"

— Piers Torday

"Utterly exhilarating - a supportive group and constant challenges galvanized my creativity. Performing and writing under pressure in this beautiful space has been fabulous."

— Course participant

"It might be a cliché (what a sin a writer!) but the Arvon course I went on really did change my life; it gave me the space to conceive a long poem I've never been able to match for scope or style since"

— Andrew McMillan

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