Arvon at Home Writing Week: Preparing for Publication

Next steps: the business of writing

Monday February 1st - Friday February 5th 2021


Is your fiction project ready to share with the world? We will guide you through every stage of the publication process, from traditional publishing – how it works and how you can work it – to the pros and cons of self-publishing and crowdfunding. How do you grab an agent’s attention? How do advances and royalties work? What does a PR campaign do for your book, and how should authors engage with social media? We’ll help you learn how to tackle your inner critic, edit your own work effectively, and polish your pitch to perfection.

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 lest, we urge you to read your tutors’ published work before the week starts.

Dates: Monday 1st February 4.30pm  — Friday 5th February 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 three places).

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


4.30pm—6.30pm: Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. The Arvon Centre Director, Mary Morris, 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. Ana and James will ask you to start thinking about your writing, perhaps setting an exercise. There may be some homework for tomorrow morning.


9.30am—12.30pm: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion. There’ll be a break in the middle of the session.

2.30pm—4.00pm: One-to-one tutorials lasting about 15 minutes each. You’ll have a tutorial each day with each tutor during the week; the rest of the afternoon is your time to think and write.

5.30pm—6pm: Informal evening get-together (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.

6-7pm: ‘Acquisition meetings’ evening session, more detail soon to follow.


The timing is just like yesterday…

9.30am—12.30pm: Morning workshop

2.30pm—4.00pm: Afternoon one-to-one tutorials

6.45pm—7.15pm: Evening group get-together (optional)


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


9.30am—12.30pm: Morning workshop

2.30pm—4.00pm: Afternoon one-to-one tutorials

5.30pm—6pm: Evening group get-together (optional)

6-7pm: Evening session with the tutors, the shape of which is to be confirmed.


9.30am—12.30pm: Morning workshop

2.30pm—4.00pm: Afternoon tutorials

5.30- 6pm: Evening group get-together (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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