Residential Short Course: Life Writing
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Residential Short Course: Life Writing

Everyone has a story
  • Amy Liptrot
    Amy Liptrot
  • Dan Richards
Date Monday June 26th - Thursday June 29th 2023
Location Other

Do you have a story to tell and are unsure how to tell it? Tutors Amy Liptrot and Dan Richards will guide you through an intensive short course focusing on memoir and life writing. Open to writers at all levels of experience, the sessions will be designed to generate new work, help you understand what it means to find your voice and explore ethical considerations when writing about real people. You will receive support with technical aspects of your writing and gain confidence in your work. Everyone has a story, and this lively, inspiring and supportive course will help you to tell yours.

As part of our exciting new Arvon North programme, we are offering Arvon retreats and live events in Hebden Bridge as we prepare for the redevelopment of  Lumb Bank. Working with our partners at IOU Hostel in Hebden Bridge we will be offering the Arvon experience in a brand new setting. Our Arvon takeover will include exclusive use of the 14 bedroom hostel with workshop, tutorial and quiet writing space (inside and out) in a magical woodland setting at the heart of the one of Yorkshire’s most creative and inspiring towns.

The course will be hosted by the team from Arvon’s Lumb Bank and is fully catered (no group cooking), all food is vegetarian. All rooms are single occupancy with an en-suite, and the hostel is located within Hebden Bridge.

Single en-suite room, fully catered: £590.

Limited concessions: £413.

If concessions are available, they will show at checkout.

The Hostel is fully accessible with a disabled car park and step free access to the Hostel door. On the ground floor is an accessible toilet as well as a double accessible bedroom with full ensuite facilities. If you have any questions or concerns before booking, please contact

General Access Information for Residential Writing Weeks:

Available on all courses for those who are Deaf, Partially Deaf or who have significant hearing loss

We provide BSL interpreters on some courses. If you require this please check whether the course you are interested in offers this facility. Or get in touch on our dedicated access email:

Available on all courses for those who are blind, partially sighted or who have significant sight loss

Available on all courses for those who have Dyslexia

There’s no need to worry about spelling, grammar or handwriting on our courses, the focus is on creativity.

Available on all courses to those who identify as Neuro Divergent

Arvon is committed to providing a supportive and welcoming environment to all.

If you need to take some time out to rest, or be alone, you’re welcome to do so. Participation in any activity is entirely at your discretion.


Writing course tutor delivering a workshop at Lumb Bank


Arrive at lunchtime, afternoon workshop, dinner and free time in the evening.

one-to-one tutorial at Lumb Bank


Morning workshop, one to one tutorials and time to write in the afternoon, after dinner evening readings from the tutors.

Course participants writing at the workshop table at The Hurst


Morning workshop, one to one tutorials and time to write in the afternoon, after dinner group celebratory readings.

Course participants eating at The Hurst


Depart after breakfast by 10am.

“I arrived at the beginning of the week wondering whether I might be a writer or even if I could write. But when I left, not only did I feel I could write, I knew that’s what I was going to do next.”
— Piers Torday
“It is invaluable to writers at an early stage to have this feedback on their work. Many people on my course said that they wished that they had received this type of input earlier in their career – that it might have borne fruit and improved their success. It also provides time to think – in an over complicated world it is hard to carve time for yourself against the requirements of work, family, and daily chores. Arvon was a breath of fresh creative air.”
— Penny Clark
“Both courses I attended have had a massive impact on my writing, and been part of the motivation and encouragement I needed to begin working professionally as a writer.”
— Participant, Residential Writing Week

Course Timetable

Times are subject to change


Arrivals 2-3pm

First workshop 4.30 – 6.30pm

Dinner 7pm


Workshop from 10am – 1pm

Lunch – 1pm – 2pm

One to one tutorial and time to write 2.30 – 5pm

Dinner 6.30pm

Tutor Readings – 8pm-9pm


Workshop from 10am – 1pm

Lunch – 1pm – 2pm

One to one tutorial and time to write 2.30 – 5pm

Dinner 6.30pm

Group Readings – 8pm-9pm


Departures by 10am



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