Arvon at Home Writing Week: Starting to Write

Starting (or Restarting) Your Creative Journey

Monday October 18th - Friday October 22nd 2021


Do you want to write but don’t know where to begin? Or are you returning to writing after a long break and need an extra dose of inspiration and a creative boost? This course will help you push your work forward. At Arvon at Home, we will set out realistic short-term and long-term goals to guide you on your creative journey. We will draft poems and stories using prompts and techniques that can be utilised anytime we need them. We will look at the work of inspiring and respected writers to examine how we can shape and improve our own writing. We will edit and learn ways to improve our own ‘craft’, and before the course finishes, we will generate a plan to maintain the good progress you have made.

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.

Dates: Monday 18th October 16.30  — Friday 22nd October 20.00
Cost: £400* (concessions £200)

*We’re also offering TWO FREE PLACES for writers currently under-represented in the publishing industry – just email with 250 words explaining why you’d like a free place on the course by midday on Wednesday 6th October.


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—18.30: 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. Your tutors will ask you to start thinking about your writing, perhaps setting an exercise. There’s likely to be some homework for tomorrow morning


10.00-13.00: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks.

Afternoon: 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.

17.30-18.00: The Arvon pub- 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. Pets, children and partners welcome.

18.00—19.00: Tutor readings: both tutors read and speak about their work, followed by a Q&A hosted by your Arvon host.


The timing is just like yesterday…

10.00-13.00: Morning workshop

Afternoon: One-to-one tutorials

17.30-18.00: The Arvon pub


19.15-20.15: The Arvon Wednesday Live Guest Reading—you get a free ticket to this.


10.00-13.00: Morning workshop

Afternoon: One-to-one tutorials

17.30-18.00: The Arvon pub

18.00—19.00: A session, the theme of which will be decided nearer the time by your tutors


10.00-13.00: Morning workshop

Afternoon: Afternoon tutorials

17.30-18.00: The Arvon pub


18.00-20.00: 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...

Next steps: 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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