Arvon at Home Writing Week: Poetry – Towards a Collection

Training your poems to work together

Monday March 1st - Friday March 5th 2021


If you’ve been writing for a while and built up a substantial body of work, you’re no doubt you’re asking yourself what your poems might add up to if you gather them into one manuscript. What makes for a successful, cohesive collection? How do you select and order your poems in your own unique way? Learn to become your best self-editor and develop your creative, critical confidence through the week. Using inspirational and playful strategies and technical as well as creative exercises, we’ll look at ways of identifying your key themes, narrative threads, preoccupations, strengths and weaknesses – and gaps to fill. Be prepared to write bold, fresh work and to be surprised by new poems that find you just when you least expect them.

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 1st March 4.30pm  — Friday 5th March 8pm
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 four places).

This course is available half-price for Arvon 18-25 members and benefits-related concessions.
Add to waiting list 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


4.30pm—6.30pm: Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. The Arvon at Home Co-Director, Eliza Squire, 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. Jane and Jacqueline will ask you to start thinking about your writing, perhaps setting an exercise.


9.30am—11.30am: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks.

1pm—4.30pm: One-to-one tutorials lasting about 20 minutes each. You have two tutorials with each tutor during the week; the rest of the afternoon is your time to think and write.

5.30—6pm: Informal evening get-together, or ‘The Arvon Pub’ (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: Jacqueline and Jane read from their own work, followed by a Q&A hosted by Eliza.


The timing is just like yesterday…

9.30am—11.30am: Morning workshop

1pm—4.30pm: Afternoon one-to-one tutorials

5.30—6pm: The Arvon Pub (optional)


7.15pm: The Arvon Wednesday Live Guest Reading with journalist, writer and Vogue columnist, Nell Frizzell—you get a free ticket to this.


9.30am—11.30am: Morning workshop

1pm—4.30pm: Afternoon one-to-one tutorials

5.30—6pm: The Arvon Pub (optional)

6pm—7pm: The evening begins with an informal conversation between Jacqueline and Jane. Jane is also Jacqueline’s editor at Nine Arches Press, so they will explore the editorial relationship and their industry experience, before opening up to any questions you’ve always wanted to ask about getting published.


9.30am—11.30am: Morning workshop

1pm—4.30pm: Afternoon tutorials

5.30—6pm: The Arvon Pub (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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