Arvon at Home Writing Week: Fiction

From Spark to Flame

Monday November 16th - Friday November 20th 2020


Whether you have a work in progress or are just about to start out, this course will provide you with the tools to give your fiction that extra push. We will cover questions of plot, character, dialogue, setting and genre, and will also tackle the eternal question of how you actually get it finished. With one-to-one advice, group sessions and shared writing exercises, we guarantee you will leave full of enthusiasm and ready to write until you get to the magic words: The End.

We’ll help you to make ‘Arvon at Home’, turning your own place into a writing cocoon, capturing the transformative power of our acclaimed Arvon residential courses: two brilliant author-tutors at your service, a caring and sharing group, the time and space to devote to your writing, invaluable feedback, new writing pals, and the unique creative progress that happens in a dedicated week. 

You will be offered the best of a classic Arvon residential week, with a few virtual tweaks. Spot the difference: a carefully balanced combination of tips to help you focus, daily morning workshops, one-to-one tutorials with both tutors, three evening get-togethers to chat about the day’s work, a mid-week guest reading offer, the celebratory Friday-evening collective reading, and lots of time and encouragement for you to write every day. You will receive a free ticket to our Wednesday evening Live Guest Reading.

All gatherings, one-to-one or group, will be delivered via our own Arvon Zoom, so you’ll need to have a reliable internet connection. Your Arvon Centre host will be on call to offer support as you need it, including any help you may need with your computer set-up.

To participate, and to get the most out of the week, you’ll need to turn up online for all planned morning sessions, Monday to Friday. You should also set aside your afternoons for tutorials and independent writing time.  Last but not least, we urge you to read your tutors’ published work before the week starts.

Dates: Monday 16 November 5pm  — Friday 20 November 9pm
Cost: £375

If you have any questions about how the week works, or are on a low income and would like to apply for a grant to reduce the course fee please contact (grants are limited to three places).


I had the chance to speak with two well respected tutors about my work. Being able to do this in one-to-one tutorials was excellent and not reduced in any way by being on Zoom. A good chance for some very good advice. I am now determined to set to work on my writing.

—Writing Week Participant

What a lovely week—worked so well. It’s not the Hurst, but something different and equally special.

—Writing Week Participant


5pm—7pm: Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. Arvon Centre Director Jo King will welcome you and the tutors, giving you an overview of the week, technology support, and some ideas for making your writing ‘cocoon’. You’ll get to meet everyone, ask questions, and settle in. Your tutors will ask you to start thinking about your writing, perhaps setting an exercise. There may be some homework for tomorrow morning.


10am—1pm: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks. Emily will teach one half, and Tom the other, with a break inbetween.

2.30pm—4.30pm: One-to-one tutorials lasting about 20 minutes each. You have one tutorial with each tutor during the week; the rest of the afternoon is your time to think and write.

5.30pm—6pm: Informal get-together before the evening readings (optional). This is a chance to discuss the day’s work, any writing issues, what you’re drinking/eating, and anything else that springs to mind.

6pm—7pm: Tutor readings with Emily and Tom, followed by a Q&A hosted by Jo.


The timing is just like yesterday…

10am—1pm: Morning workshop with Emily and Tom

2.30pm—4.30pm: Afternoon one-to-one tutorials


6.30pm—7pm: Informal get-together before the live guest reading (optional).

7.15pm: The Arvon Wednesday Live Guest Reading with Rachel Clarke—you get a free ticket to this.


10am—1pm: Morning workshop with Emily and Tom

2.30pm—4.30pm: Afternoon one-to-one tutorials

6pm—7pm: Evening group get-together, the shape of which is to be confirmed. (optional)


10am—1pm: Morning workshop – this one Emily and Tom will lead together.

2.30pm—4.30pm: Afternoon one-to-one tutorials


5.30pm—6pm: Informal get-together before the group sharing. (optional)

6pm—8pm: Friday evening culminates with a celebratory reading where you have the chance to share some of your new writing. Expect laughter, tears and a huge sense of pride for all you have learned, written and achieved this week. There’ll be plenty of virtual hugs.

And then...

The week doesn’t stop here. You now have a writing community. Stay in touch. Share your work with each other, and take it forward.



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