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 Evening Course

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.

Oct 3-8

Totleigh Barton

Poetry

Residential Writing Week: Poetry

Finding your unique voice

Nikita Gill
Nadine Aisha Jassat
Guest: Fiona Benson
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Oct 3-8

The Hurst

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Fiction Work-in-Progress

Staying the course

Claire Fuller
Jarred McGinnis
Guest: Tice Cin
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Oct 3-8

Lumb Bank

Non-Fiction

Residential Writing Week: The Essay

Playing with form

Amy Key
Eli Goldstone
Guest: Jeffrey Boakye
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Oct 17-22

Lumb Bank

Theatre

Residential Writing Week: Playwriting

Play draft to play draft

Evan Placey
Tessa Walker
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Oct 31-Nov 5

The Hurst

Non-Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Writing Family History

The challenges and love in family and friendship

Katharine Norbury
Horatio Clare
Guest: Laura Cumming
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Oct 31-Nov 5

Lumb Bank

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Fiction

Writing the Gothic

Natasha Pulley
Beth Underdown
Guest: Jenny Savill
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Oct 31-Nov 5

Totleigh Barton

Non-Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Non-Fiction

Transformative journeys

Rory MacLean
Felicity Cloake
Guest: Emily Chappell

Nov 7-12

The Hurst

Fiction, Non-Fiction, Starting to Write

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

Embrace the craft

Elise Valmorbida
John-Paul Flintoff
Guest: Luan Goldie
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Nov 7-12

Totleigh Barton

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Fiction

Building a story

Tom Lee
Nell Stevens
Guest: Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

Nov 7-12

Lumb Bank

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Fiction Work-in-Progress

Cross the finish line (and make your novel shine)

Sharon Duggal
Beth Miller
Guest: TBC

Nov 21-26

Totleigh Barton

Non-Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Non-Fiction

The personal and the political

Pragya Agarwal
Sonia Faleiro
Guest: Alex Renton

Nov 21-26

The Hurst

Screenwriting

Tutored Retreat: Screenwriting

Script development from page to screen

Carol Harding
Piotr Szkopiak
Guest: Line Langebek

Nov 21-26

Lumb Bank

Poetry

Residential Writing Week: Poetry

Re-ignite your imaginative energy

Romalyn Ante
Malika Booker
Guest: Alycia Pirmohamed

Nov 21-26

Lumb Bank

Poetry

Residential Writing Week: Poetry

Re-ignite your imaginative energy

Romalyn Ante
Malika Booker
Guest: TBC

Nov 28-Dec 3

Totleigh Barton

Fiction, Screenwriting, Other

Residential Writing Week: TV Comedy

Writing funny

Abigail Burdess
Robin French
Guest: Joel Morris

Nov 28-Dec 3

The Hurst

Fiction

Tutored Retreat: Fiction

The way ahead

Diana Evans
Andrew Taylor
Guest: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
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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. 

Oct 17-21

Online

Screenwriting

Online Writing Week: Screenwriting

360 degrees of film development

Samm Haillay
Sophie Mathisen
Guest: Tina Gharavi

Oct 31-Nov 4

Online

Poetry

Online Writing Week: Poetry

Magical thinking

Liz Berry
Fiona Benson
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Nov 21-25

Online

Fiction, Poetry, Starting to Write

Online Writing Week: Starting to Write Poetry & Prose

Arrive as you. Leave as a writer.

Catherine Smith
Vanessa Gebbie
Guest: Frankie McMillan

Nov 28-Dec 2

Online

Fiction, Short Story

Online Writing Week: Short Story

Long story short

Nicholas Royle
Livi Michael
Guest: Giselle Leeb
Guest: S.B. Divya

Dec 12-16

Online

Non-Fiction

Online Writing Week: Creative Non-Fiction

Mining your ideas and sparking your voice

Miriam Darlington
James Attlee
Guest: Nina Mingya Powles
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Jan 9-13

Online

Fiction, Non-Fiction

Online Writing Week: Autofiction

Creating written selves

Joanna Walsh
Lauren Elkin
Guest: Fernando Sdrigotti

Jan 23-27

Online

Poetry

Online Writing Week: Poetry

Working towards a pamphlet

Helen Mort
John McCullough
Guest: Aaron Kent
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Feb 6-10

Online

Fiction

Online Writing Week: Speculative Fiction

Exploring the borderlands between dream and reality

Christopher Priest
Nina Allan
Guest: Priya Sharma

Feb 20-24

Online

Non-Fiction

Online Writing Week: Non-Fiction

Creating compelling worlds in your non-fiction

Jessica J. Lee
Paul Scraton
Guest: Kerri ní Dochartaigh

Apr 17-21

Online

Non-Fiction

Online Writing Week: Non-Fiction

Writing family history: whose story is it anyway?

Hannah Lowe
Colin Grant
Guest: Meriel Schindler
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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.  

Sep 30

Online

Poetry

Masterclass: Poems of Playfulness and Delight

Zoom Masterclass with Claudine Toutoungi

Claudine Toutoungi

Oct 7

Online

Fiction

Masterclass: Crime Fiction

Everything You Need To Know About Crime Writing in Two Hours

Louise Welsh

Oct 11

Online

Poetry

Masterclass: The Poetry of War

Zoom Masterclass with Iryna Shuvalova

Iryna Shuvalova

Oct 18

Online

Non-Fiction

Masterclass: The Essay

Zoom Masterclass with Brian Dillon

Brian Dillon

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

Oct 25

Online

Fiction, Children & YA

Masterclass: Writing Fiction for Children

Keeping your reader hooked

Christopher William Hill

Nov 1

Online

Fiction, Short Story

Masterclass: Flash Fiction

Zoom Masterclass with David Gaffney

David Gaffney

Nov 4

Online

Fiction, Starting to Write

Masterclass: Starting to Write a Novel

Zoom Masterclass with Melody Razak

Melody Razak

Nov 8

Online

Poetry

Materclass: Disrupting Binaries in Poetry

Being both

Clare Shaw

Nov 14

Online

Fiction

Masterclass: Fiction – Kickstart your Writing

Zoom Masterclass with Derek Owusu in partnership with Tottenham Literature Festival

Derek Owusu

Nov 18

Online

Screenwriting

Masterclass: The Professional Scriptwriter

Zoom Masterclass with Robin Mukherjee

Robin Mukherjee

Nov 22

Online

Fiction

Masterclass: Tact, Instinct and Tone in Your Fiction

Zoom Masterclass with Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín

Dec 2

Online

Poetry

Masterclass: The Poetry of Grief

Zoom Masterclass with Alice Frecknall

Alice Frecknall

Dec 6

Online

Fiction, Short Story, Other

Masterclass: Flash Fiction

Painting pictures with words

Susmita Bhattacharya

Dec 13

Online

Non-Fiction

Masterclass: Life Writing

Zoom masterclass with Alexandra Heminsley

Alexandra Heminsley
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Online Five Week Evening 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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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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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 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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