Arvon at Home Writing Weekend: Fiction

Fiction Toolkit Weekend with Cynan Jones and Carys Davies

Friday October 8th - Sunday October 10th 2021


Fired up about your work-in-progress fiction project but feel you need some extra tools to get it where it should be? This weekend is for you. Five short, sharp workshops will take on key aspects of fiction to help you make your work jump off the page. You’ll also have a one-on-one session with each tutor and a chance to ask your own technical questions of them in an evening open hour.

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 over a dedicated weekend. 

The Arvon Writing Weekends are for those writers whose lives don’t allow an entire week off. Longer than  a Masterclass, shorter than a Writing Week, they are are deep-dives into craft presenting time to write, re-make, and experiment. Over three days, you will explore your words and ideas in a series of interactive workshops, and fine-tune them in focused tutorials with your tutors. Your pages will grow, and so will you as a writer. 

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. 

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: Friday 8th October 18.00  — Sunday 10th October 19.30
Cost: £270 (concession: £135)



6.00 – 7.30pm: Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. Your Arvon host will welcome you and the tutors, giving you an overview of the weekend, 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.


10.00am—1.00pm: Everyone meets online for the morning workshops. There will be three 45 minute sessions with breaks in between them, focussing on key techniques and writing tools.

1.30pm – 5.30pm: One-to-one tutorials lasting about 25 minutes each. You have one tutorial with each tutor during the weekend; the rest of the afternoon is your time to think and write.

7.00pm – 8.00pm: An opportunity to ask your tutors more general questions about their craft.


The timings are similar to yesterday:

10.00am—12.00pm: Everyone meets online for the morning workshops. There will be two 45 minute sessions with breaks in between them, reviewing what you’ve already learnt, and building momentum.

1.00pm—4.00pm: One-to-one tutorials lasting about 25 minutes each.

6pm—7pm: A plenary session to reflect on the weekend or perhaps a ‘Writers’ Surgery’ tying up those loose ends.



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