Arvon Teacher Week

Time and space to write

Monday July 22nd - Saturday July 27th 2019

The Hurst

Do you teach writing in the classroom but never get the time for your own creative writing?

This writing week, exclusively for teachers and during the school holidays, will help you discover your inner writer, and transform the way you teach creative writing back in the classroom.

You’ll experience an inspirational mixture of workshops and individual tutorials with highly regarded authors, the support of your fellow writers, and plenty of time and space to write. Whilst the focus of the week is on developing your own writing, you will also have the opportunity to reflect on how you can use new approaches to creative writing in your teaching.

Whether you want to write poetry or prose, we will create a safe and welcoming environment for you to find your voice and refine your technique. These five days will give you the creative momentum to continue writing long after the course is over.

This course will be held at The Hurst, Arvon’s writing centre in Shropshire.

Cost: £635

Thanks to support from funders we are able to offer places for the reduced fee of £635 which includes all food and accommodation as well as workshops, individual tutorials, and readings by both tutors and a guest writer.

To book: Call The Hurst on 01588 640 658 or email You will need to send evidence that you are a practising teacher at a UK primary or secondary school, or F.E. College. This could be a letter from your employer or recent wage slip. As this fee is subsidised as part of our Learning and Participation programme, we’re not able to offer our usual Teacher Grant to further reduce the cost for this course.

Feedback from previous Arvon Teacher courses:

 “Inspirational. Don’t hesitate to go. It will help you make connections between your role as a writer and teacher and inspire you to approach teaching of writing more creatively.”

“A life-affirming experience…I have rediscovered creativity and freedom in my writing.”

“I have had an absolutely fantastic week. I feel raring to go and show my students everything that I have learned and enjoyed.”


The Hurst front

The Hurst

The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, were the former home of playwright John Osborne.


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.



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