Arvon at Home Writing Week: Radio Drama

Holding Your Audience

Monday November 1st - Friday November 5th 2021


Radio is the most intimate of the dramatic mediums – one voice, one listener. But it’s also practically the easiest dramatic form to walk away from. From beginnings to endings, this week looks at how you capture the listener in the first two minutes, and how you keep a hold of them until the credits, with plenty of practical industry advice and individual feedback along the way.

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 1st November 16.30  — Friday 5th November 20:00
Cost: £400 (concession: £200)

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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


14.00—14.30: 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.

14.30—16.00: Your tutors will ask you to start thinking about your writing in the first workshop, with a ten-minute comfort break at 15.00. There may be some homework for tomorrow morning.

17.30—18.00: The Workshop Room magically transforms into ‘The Arvon Pub’. This is a great place to share work each other, discuss any writing issues, what you’re drinking/eating, and anything else that springs to mind. (optional)


10.00—12.45: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks.

14.00—16.40: One-to-one tutorials lasting 30 minutes each. You have one tutorial with each tutor during the week; the rest of the afternoon is your time to think and write.

17.30—18.00: ‘The Arvon Pub

19.30—20.30: Both tutors read from their work and take questions.


The timing is similar yesterday…

10.00—12.45: Morning workshop

14.00—16.40: One-to-one tutorials

17.30—18.00: ‘The Arvon Pub’ (optional)


19.15: The Arvon Wednesday Live Guest Reading with Eloise Whitmore—you get a free ticket to this.


10.00—12.45: Morning workshop

14.00—16.40: One-to-one tutorials

17.30—18.00: ‘The Arvon Pub’ (optional)

19.30—20.30: An evening session hosted by both tutors


10.00—12.45: Morning workshop

16:00—17.30: 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.

17.30—18.00: ‘The Arvon Pub’ (optional)

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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