Arvon at Home Writing Week: Fiction – Arvon Across the Ocean

Getting Going, Finding Your Way, Keeping Going

Monday August 9th - Friday August 13th 2021, 16:30 BST


If you are embarking on a piece of imaginative prose, short story, novella or novel but need guidance and inspiration for your journey, then this is the week for you. In this course, a British and American writer co-teach across the ocean. We’ll use a variety of contemporary writers to explore a range of styles and structure, we’ll navigate our way through characterisation, dialogue and description, and we’ll share a route map for maintaining your momentum going forward. A specially designed schedule will allow writers from both sides of the ocean to participate in this week.

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 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.

As part of our wider effort to increase participation in the arts, there are a limited number of concessionary places available for this course.

Dates: Monday August 9th 16.30  — Friday 13th August 20:00
Cost: £375 (concession: £187.50)

This course is available half-price for Arvon 18-25 members and benefits-related concessions.
Grants are available to help with the course fee


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


16.30—17.30 GMT+1/11.30 12.30 EDT: Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. Your Arvon Host 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.

17.30 – 19.00 GMT+1 12.30 – 14.00 EDT: Your tutors will ask you to start thinking about your writing, perhaps setting an exercise.

20.00-21.00 GMT+1/15.00 – 16.00 EDT: Both tutors read from their work for ten minutes, followed by a Question & Answer session.


11.00 GMT+1: Theres an optional meeting in the workshop room for you to share work with other participants and get to know them a little better.

15.00—17.15 GMT+1/10.00-12.15 EDT: One-to-one tutorials lasting about 20 minutes each. You have one tutorial with each tutor during the week; the rest of the afternoon/evening is your time to think and write.

18.30—20.30 GMT+1/13.30 – 15.30 EDT: A group workshop session with Rachel Seiffert.


11.00 GMT+1: Theres another optional meeting in the workshop room to share work and chat with other participants.

15.30—17.30 GMT+1/10.30-12.30 EDT: A group workshop session with Amity Gaige

18.30—21.00 GMT+1/13.30 – 16.00 EDT: One-to-one tutorials.


11.00 GMT+1: Theres another optional meeting in the workshop room to share work and chat with other participants.

15.00—17.15 GMT+1/10.00 – 12.15 EDT: One-to-one tutorials

18.30—20.30 GMT+1/13.30 – 15.30: A group workshop session with Rachel Seiffert.


11.00 GMT+1: Theres another optional meeting in the workshop room to share work and chat with other participants.

15.00 – 17.00 GMT+1/10.00 – 12.00 EDT: A group workshop session with Amity Gaige

18:30—20.30 GMT+1/13.30 – 15.30 EDT: 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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