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 Five Week Course

Residential Tutored Retreat

Online Writing Day

Children and Young People's Events

Arvon Live

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.

Feb 26-Mar 2

The Hurst

Fiction, Non-Fiction, Starting to Write

Residential Writing Week: Starting to Write Fiction & Non-Fiction

Learn the art of storytelling

Helena Attlee
Conor O'Callaghan
Guest: Deborah Moggach

Feb 26-Mar 2

Totleigh Barton

Fiction, Starting to Write

Residential Writing Week: Starting to Write a Novel

Getting your novel off the ground

Fiona Mozley
Kim Sherwood
Guest: Guy Gunaratne

Mar 4-9

The Hurst

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Fiction with Coaching

Progressing your fiction with coaching

Michael Donkor
Janine Giovanni
Guest: Claire Kohda

Mar 4-9

Totleigh Barton

Screenwriting, Theatre

Residential Writing Week: Playwriting

Stories for the stage

Clare Duffy
Carl Grose
Guest: Lu Kemp
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Mar 4-8

IOU Hostel

Fiction, Poetry, Short Story

Residential Writing Week: Poetry & Short Story

The distilled worlds of poems and short stories

Tania Hershman
Rachel Bower
Guest: Hafsah Aneela Bashir
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Mar 11-15

IOU Hostel

Fiction, Poetry

Residential Writing Week: Starting to Write

Let your writing take flight

Jacob Ross
Vicky Morris
Guest: Alycia Pirmohamed

Mar 11-16

The Hurst

Fiction, Poetry

Residential Writing Week: Historical Writing in Fiction and Poetry

The past is a foreign country

Jo Bell
Sean Lusk
Guest: Charlie McGill

Mar 18-23

The Hurst

Poetry

Residential Writing Week: Advanced Poetry

Total immersion in writing and reading poetry

Jane Commane
Gregory Leadbetter
Guest: Sarah Howe

Mar 18-23

Totleigh Barton

Non-Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Memoir

Shaping life stories

Ellah P. Wakatama
Chitra Ramaswamy
Guest: Noreen Masud

Mar 18-22

IOU Hostel

Non-Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Non-Fiction

Telling compelling stories about our world

Daisy Hildyard
Dan Richards
Guest: Horatio Clare

Mar 25-29

IOU Hostel

Poetry

Residential Writing Week: Poetry

Honing your wildest creative self

Clare Shaw
Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo
Guest: Rachel Mann
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Mar 25-30

Totleigh Barton

Fiction, Short Story

Residential Writing Week: Short Story

Stories that reach beyond

Ruby Cowling
Yan Ge
Guest: Irenosen Okojie

Mar 25-30

The Hurst

Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Starting to Write, Theatre, Children & YA, Screenwriting, Short Story, Publishing, Other

Untutored Writers’ Retreat

Taking time for yourself

Apr 8-12

IOU Hostel

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Fiction

Unearthing your story

Tom Benn
Laura Joyce
Guest: Naomi Booth

Apr 15-20

Totleigh Barton

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Fiction

Discovering the writer within

Michael Donkor
Kirsty Logan
Guest: Cecile Pin
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Apr 15-19

Other

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Fiction

Hone your fiction skills

Okechukwu Nzelu
Lara Williams
Guest: TBC
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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. 

Mar 4-8

Online

Fiction, Short Story

Online Writing Week: Short Fiction

Short story secrets

David Gaffney
KJ Orr
Guest: Arinze Ifeakandu
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Mar 11-15

Online

Other

Online Writing Week: Songwriting

Dreaming songs into life

Kathryn Williams
Emma-Lee Moss
Guest: Polly Paulusma

Mar 18-22

Online

Other

Online Writing Week: Audio Drama

Write better pictures

Lu Kemp
Christine Entwisle
Guest: Helen Cross

Apr 8-12

Online

Non-Fiction

Online Writing Week: Memoir

Translate your experience into memoir and bring your stories to life

Tiffany Murray
Kerry Hudson

Apr 15-19

Online

Fiction

Online Writing Week: Historical Fiction

Retrieving histories

Imogen Hermes Gowar
A.K. Blakemore
Guest: TBC

Apr 29-May 3

Online

Poetry

Online Writing Week: Poetry

Poetry and its Hinterland

John Glenday
Jane Clarke
Guest: Emma Must

May 6-10

Online

Fiction

Online Writing Week: Editing Fiction

Reaching the finish line

Ana Fletcher
Kate Murray-Browne
Guest: Abi Fellows

May 27-31

Online

Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, Other

Online Writing Week: Starting to Write

Honing your working class voice

Katrina Naomi
Maria Fusco
Guest: Isabel Waidner

Jun 10-14

Online

Poetry

Online Writing Week: Prose Poetry

Fly-traps for the imagination

Anthony Anaxagorou
Emily Berry
Guest: Harmony Holiday

Jul 1-5

Online

Poetry, Theatre

Online Writing Week: Poetry and Theatre

Drawing inspiration from page and stage

Inua Ellams
Rachel Long
Guest: Caroline Bird

Jul 22-26

Online

Poetry

Online Writing Week: Poetry

Closer than skin, thicker than blood: writing about real and imagined families

Jenny Mitchell
Roy McFarlane
Guest: TBC
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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.  

Online

Fiction

Masterclass: How to Write Fiction

Writing into the unknown

Rupert Thomson

Feb 27

Online

Non-Fiction

Masterclass: Pushing the Limits of the Essay

Taking creative risks

Thea Lenarduzzi

Mar 8

Online

Non-Fiction

Masterclass: The Personal and the Political

The Personal and the Political

Rachel Hewitt

Mar 12

Online

Fiction

Masterclass: Historical Fiction

Inhabiting the past in your writing

Imogen Hermes Gowar

Mar 22

Online

Poetry

Masterclass: Poetry of Elegy

Songs of loss

Ruth Padel

Mar 26

Online

Fiction

Masterclass: Funny Fiction with Emma Jane Unsworth

Make 'em laugh

Emma Jane Unsworth

Apr 5

Online

Theatre, Other

Masterclass: How to Teach Creative Writing – Theatre

Raise the curtain on teaching creative playwriting

Ella Hickson

Apr 9

Online

Poetry

Masterclass: Poetry and Dictionaries

Chasing new meaning into the light

Kate Potts

Apr 19

Online

Screenwriting

Masterclass: Starting Your Screenwriting Journey

Bringing your ideas to life

Lily Loveless

Apr 23

Online

Fiction

Masterclass: The Poetry of Prose

Setting your prose alight

Andrew McMillan

May 3

Online

Non-Fiction

Masterclass: Nature Writing

Writing the wild

Miriam Darlington

May 7

Online

Poetry

Masterclass: Using Social Media to Make Your Poems Fly

How to get your unique voice heard

Nikita Gill

May 21

Online

Fiction

Masterclass: Writing with Instinct

Following your gut

Sheena Patel

May 31

Online

Poetry

Masterclass: Poetic Metaphor

Nailing the mechanics of metaphor

Don Paterson

Jun 14

Online

Fiction

Masterclass: Fictional Families

Understanding character and inspiring plot

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Jun 28

Online

Screenwriting

Masterclass: Screenwriting

Using your personal truth to create a compelling world

Neil Biswas
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Online Five Week Course

Perfect if you want to commit time to your writing but can only manage a couple of hours a week. Our evening course unpacks our popular 5 day online writing week over 5 weeks of evening classes. You’ll have a weekly workshop, one-to-one tutorials, socials and How I Write sessions. You will develop a network of fellow writers and give your writing a transformational boost.

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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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Arvon Live

Day-long events in towns and cities 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.

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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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Non-Fiction

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

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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 on Arvon courses and events, 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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