Online Writing Week: Songwriting

Online Writing Week: Songwriting

Dreaming songs into life
  • Kathryn Williams Arvon writing tutor head shot
    Kathryn Williams
  • Black and white photo of Emmy the Great
    Emma-Lee Moss
Guest Tutor
  • Polly Paulusma Arvon Writing Tutor Headshot
    Polly Paulusma
Date Monday March 11th - Friday March 15th 2024
Location Online

Have you always wanted to join a songwriting retreat but are unable to travel or take time away from home? Spend a week immersed in songwriting, co-writing and exploring your inner creative musical voice with Kathryn Williams and Emma-Lee Moss (Emmy the Great) direct from your own space. Over the week, there will be online workshops with your tutors, which will help you to fill your notebook with lyrics and ideas. You’ll then be given the tools to co-write songs with other members of the group, via Zoom, which you will then be empowered to share at the end of each day. The week will be welcoming, playful and satisfying, with a focus on trusting your intuition and making space for your creative dreams. All welcome, you do not need to be able to play an instrument to attend and we can help support you with any concerns you might have around technology.

Please be aware that the timetable will be slightly different to the generic one featured below.

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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 of writing. 

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 workshops, one-to-one tutorials with both tutors, get-togethers to chat about the day’s work, a mid-week guest reading offer, the celebratory Friday collective reading, and lots of time and encouragement for you to write every day. 

All gatherings, one-to-one or group, will be delivered via Zoom, so you’ll need to have a reliable internet connection. Your Arvon host will 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 sessions, Monday to Friday. Last but not least, we urge you to read your tutors’ published work before the week starts.

See below for a detailed timetable of the week. 

Online: £450

Concessions: £315

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, we offer limited concessionary places at a 30% reduction. You can select this option at checkout if available.

We are committed to making our Arvon at Home programme accessible to as many people as possible.

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Nothing short of transformative! I can't believe how much we packed into just a few days and how much impact it has had. I'm writing in new styles, new forms, new images, new rhythms!
— Writing Week Participant
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
Arvon courses are always so inclusive, supportive, fun, and instructive. There is something really magical and intimate about what happens during the week.
— Writing Week Participant


11.30-13.00 Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. Your Arvon host will welcome you and the tutors. 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.

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Collaborative writing

16.30-17.30 Sharing


9.30-11.00 Workshop

11.00-11.30 Break

11.30-13.00 Collaborative writing

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Collaborative writing

16.30-17.00 Sharing


9.30-11.00 Workshop

11.00-11.30 Break

11.30-13.00 Tutorials or Writing Time: Please keep this time pencilled in your diary. Over the course of the week you will have 2 x one-to-one tutorials lasting 25 minutes (one with each of your tutors). These will be allocated for you and sent to you a week before the course starts. If you do not have a tutorial, we encourage you to use this time to write.

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Tutorials or Writing Time

16.30-17.30 Group collaboration

19:15-20:15 Free ticket to this week’s online How I Write (optional)


9.30-11.00 Tutorials

11.00-11.30 Break

11.30-13.00 Tutorials or Writing Time

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Sharing

16.30-17.30 Tutor performance



9.30-11.00 Final workshop, with a focus on moving forwards

11.00-11.30 Break

11.30-13.00 Rehearsals

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Rehearsals

15.30-17.30 Final group performance

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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