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Residential Writing Course: Fiction

Residential Writing Course: Fiction

Revitalise your fiction
  • Caroline Brothers
  • Tim Pears Arvon writing tutor head shot
    Tim Pears
Date Monday September 30th - Friday October 4th 2024
Location Other

A course for aspiring fiction writers in search of creative invigoration. You have begun a work of fiction but feel that you have hit a creative block. You may have set off with great enthusiasm only to feel your delivery flag. Or you would simply like some fresh stimulus as you advance. Join us in finding ways around the barriers, applying new or oblique approaches to electrify the imagination and enable the words to flow. In group workshops guided by Tim Pears and Caroline Brothers, you will write in response to prompts designed to stimulate your thinking about your writing. Why is detail essential in animating a story, without weighing it down? Where is the connection between character and place? What is it that makes reading a sensory experience? Through these and other explorations you will take home fresh ideas to apply to your work. There will be opportunities to discuss your writing in individual tutorials as well. Come prepared to enjoy taking creative risks, and to share some of your workshop pieces in a supportive environment, as we renew our creative engagement with the writer’s craft.

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: £895

Limited concessions: £626.50

If concessions are available, they will show at checkout.

What your course fee covers:

Tutoring: Four morning group workshops, with inspiring writing exercises to kick-start your creativity, plus two 1:1 tutorials, one with each tutor, focusing on your own work. Our tutors are some of the leading writers at work today, and in addition to formal workshops and tutorials you will share meals with them and have opportunities for more casual conversation. During evening readings, you’ll hear your tutors – and a guest speaker on Wednesday evening – share their work and answer your questions, from the secrets of their craft to the practicalities of life as a writer.

Your accommodation: A week in accommodation on the edge of a woodland in iconic literary Hebden Bridge.

All meals:  We hand over our well-stocked and welcoming kitchen to you, offering a fresh, tasty seasonal menu prepared from local ingredients where possible (with dietary requests catered for), as well as a constant supply of coffees, teas, and home-baked cakes throughout your stay.

Time and space to write: an opportunity to step away from the distractions of everyday life and focus solely on your creativity.

A community of writers: our writing weeks have a relaxed and sociable atmosphere and offer the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded people. Many of the writers who attend our residentials stay in touch and continue to share work and support one another’s writing journeys – sometimes even decades later.

Support for our charitable activity: Arvon is a charity, and each year over 40 of our courses are with vulnerable groups and schools, from young people who have experienced bullying to adults recovering from an addiction. Your course fee helps to support groups who would otherwise not have the opportunity to access our transformational courses.

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.

“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


1-2pm – Arrive for buffet/sandwich lunch

2.30pm – Welcome talk

3-6pm – Workshop

6.30pm – Dinner


10-1pm – Workshop

1-2pm – Lunch

2.30-5pm – Tutorials/Time to write

6.30pm – Dinner

8-9pm – Tutor readings


10-1pm – Workshop

1-2pm – Lunch

2.30-5pm – Tutorials/Time to write

6.30pm – Dinner

8-9pm – Guest reading


10-1pm – Workshop

1-2pm – Lunch

2.30-5pm– Tutorials/Time to write

6.30pm – Dinner

8-9.30pm – Celebratory group reading


Departures by 10am

Time to explore Hebden Bridge before heading home.

Writers might want to consider staying on at IOU Hostel, bookable direct with the hostel.



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