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.

Dec 12-17

Lumb Bank

Fiction, Non-Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Fiction and Non-Fiction

Mining the self for fiction and non-fiction

Cathy Rentzenbrink
Janine Giovanni
Guest: Bill Scott-Kerr
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Dec 12-17

Totleigh Barton

Fiction, Starting to Write

Residential Writing Week: Starting to Write Fiction

Joyful possibilities

Michael Donkor
Sharlene Teo
Guest: A.K. Blakemore
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Dec 12-17

The Hurst

Poetry

Residential Writing Week: Poetry

Rewilding the imagination

Clare Pollard
Theophilus Kwek
Guest: Arji Manuelpillai

Jan 9-14

Totleigh Barton

Non-Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Life Writing

You couldn't make it up

Jude Rogers
Colin Grant
Guest: Kat Lister
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Jan 9-14

Lumb Bank

Poetry

Residential Writing Week: Poetry

The soul language of poetry

Clare Shaw
Roy McFarlane
Guest: Rachel Mann
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Jan 9-14

The Hurst

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Fiction

Voice in fiction

Zoe Gilbert
Conor O'Callaghan
Guest: Evie Wyld

Jan 16-21

The Hurst

Fiction, Poetry, Starting to Write, Screenwriting

Residential Writing Week: Starting to Write

Poetry, prose and scripts

Eliza Clark
James McDermott
Guest: Vanessa Onwuemezi

Jan 16-21

Lumb Bank

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Fiction Work-in-Progress

Writing a novel

Stephen May
Monique Roffey
Guest: Maddie Mortimer

Jan 23-28

Totleigh Barton

Poetry

Residential Writing Week: Poetry – Towards a Collection

Becoming your own best editor

Jane Commane
Ian Humphreys
Guest: Caroline Bird
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Jan 30-Feb 4

Lumb Bank

Non-Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Non-fiction

How to find the light in the dark

Dan Richards
Cal Flyn
Guest: Tabitha Lasley
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Jan 30-Feb 4

The Hurst

Children & YA

Residential Writing Week: Writing for Children and Young Adults

Grabbing and holding the attention of your reader

William Sutcliffe
Emily Barr
Guest: Jasbinder Bilan

Jan 30-Feb 4

Totleigh Barton

Fiction, Publishing

Residential Writing Week: Editing Fiction

From fundamentals to fine-tuning

Paul Murray
Louisa Joyner
Guest: Carrie Plitt
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Feb 20-25

The Hurst

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Fiction

Making it real

Jane Feaver
Ardashir Vakil
Guest: Liz Hyder

Feb 20-25

Totleigh Barton

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Writing a Novel

Make your story happen

Charlotte Mendelson
Lottie Moggach
Guest: Tessa Hadley

Feb 20-25

Lumb Bank

Screenwriting

Residential Writing Week: TV Drama Development

From Pitch to Screen and Beyond

Tolula Dada
Philip Shelley
Guest: Mandy Redvers-Rowe
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Feb 27-Mar 4

Lumb Bank

Fiction

Residential Writing Week: Crime Fiction

Unleash your killer instinct and make crime pay

Amit Dhand
Cathi Unsworth
Guest: Joolz Denby
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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. 

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
Susan Tomaselli
Guest: Fernando Sdrigotti
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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

Mar 20-24

Online

Non-Fiction

Online Writing Week: Starting to Write Non-Fiction

Finding your non-fiction voice

Luke Turner
Laura Barton

Apr 3-7

Online

Fiction

Online Writing Week: Fiction Work-in-Progress

Focus on the Craft

Marcel Theroux
Rachel Seiffert
Guest: Tania Hershman

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

May 29-Jun 2

Online

Fiction

Online Writing Week: Fiction

Creating Your World

Winnie M Li
JJ Bola
Guest: TBC

Jun 12-16

Online

Non-Fiction

Online Writing Week: Memoir

Everyone Has a Story

Amy Liptrot
Kerry Hudson
Guest: Jenni Fagan
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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.  

Dec 13

Online

Non-Fiction

Masterclass: Life Writing

Zoom masterclass with Alexandra Heminsley

Alexandra Heminsley

Jan 13

Online

Poetry, Other

Masterclass: Poetry of Diaspora

Zoom Masterclass with Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo

Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo

Jan 17

Online

Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Short Story

Masterclass: Exploring Untold Stories

Zoom Masterclass with Tania Hershman

Tania Hershman

Jan 27

Online

Non-Fiction, Other

Masterclass: Bring Your Non-Fiction To Life

Zoom Masterclass with Alexander Masters

Alexander Masters

Jan 31

Online

Other

Masterclass: Writing with Cultural Sensitivity

Zoom Masterclass with Abda Khan

Abda Khan

Feb 10

Online

Non-Fiction

Masterclass: Popular Science

Zoom Masterclass with Michael Brooks

Michael Brooks

Feb 13

Online

Fiction

Masterclass: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

Building Worlds

Juno Dawson

Feb 21

Online

Poetry

Masterclass: Poetry and Pop Culture

Zoom Masterclass with Chrissy Williams

Chrissy Williams

Mar 7

Online

Children & YA, Other

Masterclass: Teaching Creative Writing to Young People

Zoom Masterclass with Steve Voake

Steve Voake

Mar 10

Online

Non-Fiction

Masterclass: Flavoursome Food

Zoom Masterclass with Felicity Cloake

Felicity Cloake

Mar 24

Online

Poetry

Masterclass: The Poetry of Fatherhood

Zoom Masterclass with Niall Campbell

Niall Campbell

Mar 28

Online

Fiction

Masterclass: Exercises from a Writing Life

Zoom Masterclass with Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon

Apr 4

Online

Poetry, Other

Masterclass: How to Teach Poetry

Invent a workshop that is entirely yours

David Morley

Apr 7

Online

Non-Fiction, Other

Masterclass: Non-Fiction

Writing from professional experience

Rachel Clarke

Apr 11

Online

Fiction

Masterclass: Harnessing the Power of ‘What if?’ in Your Fiction with Sophie Mackintosh

Learning lessons from speculative fiction

Sophie Mackintosh

Apr 21

Online

Poetry

Masterclass: Poetry

Finding a Path

Jen Campbell
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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 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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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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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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