Arvon at Home Writing Week: Writing for Performance with Communities

Telling the stories that need to be heard

Monday February 22nd - Friday February 26th 2021


This is a course for writers, performers and theatre makers who are looking to facilitate meaningful creative collaboration, developing work with, by and for communities. Through writing activities, and by exploring good practice models of co-creation and facilitation, you will learn to tell untold stories and promote positive social change both in person and online.

The course aims to give each participant a practical tool kit of exercises and strategies for writing and making work, touching on different techniques, such as verbatim, improvisation, devising, spoken word and site-specific work.

Led by experienced and inspirational tutors Sara Clifford and Francesca Beard, the course will equip you to access opportunities for writing in different contexts and signpost industry links to take your work to the next stage.

How to apply:

Please send a 500 word statement describing how participation would benefit both your own writing and the community or professional context in which you work or would like to work.

Please email your statement to by 6pm on Sunday 31st January, we will confirm places by Friday 5th February.

‘Writing’ – if you feel that writing your application would be a barrier to your application, let us know and we can send you an alternative application medium.

We’re looking for a range of people from experienced makers to individuals who feel connected to a community and want to facilitate the stories from that community.

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.

Date: Monday 22nd February 5pm – Friday 26th February 9pm 2021

Cost: £330

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 Sophie on (grants are limited).



Writing course tutor delivering a workshop at Lumb Bank


Arrive late afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.

one-to-one tutorial at Lumb Bank


Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. Tutors read from their work in the evening.

Course participants writing at the workshop table at The Hurst


Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. In the evening a guest speaker joins the group.

Course participant writing on a sofa in the barn at Lumb Bank


Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. You are free to spend this evening as you wish.

A woman smiling and listening to a writing tutor speak at Lumb Bank


Tutors lead the final workshops in the morning. In the evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.

Course participants eating at The Hurst


The week comes to a close after breakfast. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.

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



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