Residential Writing Week: Fiction and Non-Fiction
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Residential Writing Week: Fiction and Non-Fiction

Mining the self for fiction and non-fiction
Tutors
  • Cathy Rentzenbrink Writing Tutor Life Writing
    Cathy Rentzenbrink
  • Janine Giovanni
Date Monday December 12th - Saturday December 17th 2022
Location Lumb Bank

Whether or not you want to write a novel or a memoir or haven’t decided yet, this stimulating and friendly week with Cathy Rentzenbrink and Janine Giovanni will offer you multiple ways to manage your material and yourself. Suitable for all levels, this week will provide a thorough exploration of how to put life experience on the page and how to use the tools of coaching to overcome the blocks we put in our way.

 

Band A (rooms are located in the main house with a guaranteed valley view): £865

Band B (rooms are located in the barn or main house without a valley view): £815

Concessions: Band A Room £605.50

Concessions: Band B Room £570.50

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.

Physical Access at Lumb Bank:

We do not recommend this house if you are a wheelchair user. Plans are underway to redevelop the house to provide level access. There is 1 level access en-suite bedroom – the Log shed. There is level access from outside into the workshop room and level access into the sitting room. Door widths are generally narrow, though all door handles are at an accessible height. There is no designated car park. If you have a mobility impairment, we can allocate you a space in the courtyard (1 place per course). Others are asked to park at the top of a long steep lane and make their way on foot to the house. For additional detailed information on physical access in bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, dining, shared spaces and the grounds please visit our dedicated access page.

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: access@arvon.org

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.

Our grants scheme may be able to cover a portion of your course fees. Disability costs and additional living/support costs are taken into account when considering your grant application. You may also be entitled to concession pricing on selected courses.

For additional detailed information on how we can support people with learning difficulties, mental health issues, and those with special diets and allergies, please see our dedicated access page.

If you have any questions or concerns and want to chat to a member of staff prior to booking please contact us on access@arvon.org

The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowner’s house in West Yorkshire, which once belonged to Ted Hughes. It’s set in 20 acres of steep woodland with breathtaking views to the valley below.

You’ll find many quiet places to write in the house and garden – and a well-stocked library. All rooms are single occupancy, and bathrooms are shared.

All your meals are provided, locally and sustainably sourced wherever possible. Help yourself to breakfast, our team will prepare lunch, and dinner is prepared in groups each evening using the delicious recipes and ingredients provided.

Explore the Pennine landscape of woods and rivers, weavers’ cottages, packhorse trails and ruins of old mills. It is half a mile from the historic village of Heptonstall and two miles from Hebden Bridge.

See here for more information on Lumb Bank.

THE COURSE AT A GLANCE

Writing course tutor delivering a workshop at Lumb Bank

Monday

Arrive in the afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.

one-to-one tutorial at Lumb Bank

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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

Friday

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

Saturday

The week comes to a close after breakfast, departures by 10am. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.

“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

Monday

2.00 – 3.00pm: Arrival of participants. We’ll welcome you, show you to your room and offer light refreshments. 

4.00 – 5.00pm: The group meets in the living room for an introductory talk from members of our hosting team.  Please make sure you arrive in time for this session, as it will include vital information about the writing week and allow you to introduce yourself to other participants. 

5.00 – 6.00pm: Pre-dinner icebreaker with the tutors. The tutors will introduce themselves and share their plans for the week in detail. You will have the chance to outline what you’d like to achieve. There may be discussion, short exercises, and perhaps some ‘homework’ for Tuesday morning. 

6.30pm: Dinner. Our hosting team will serve the evening meal, and the rest of the evening is free for you to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Lumb Bank. 

Tuesday

9.30/10.00am—1.00pm: First group workshop session of the week. The exact start time will be agreed on Monday and there’ll be a break mid-morning for refreshments.  

1.00pm: Lunch. Our hosting team will prepare and serve lunch – and wash up afterwards. 

2.00 – 4.00pm: 1-1 tutorials. 

4.00pm: Tuesday’s cooking team prepare the evening meal – and wash up afterwards. 

6.30pm:  Dinner. 

8.00 – 9.00pm: Both tutors read from their work and take questions about their writing practice. 

Wednesday

The timing is just like yesterday… 

9.30/10.00am—1.00pm: Group workshop. 

1.00pm: Lunch. Our hosting team will prepare and serve lunch – and wash up afterwards. 

2.00 – 4.00pm: 1-1 tutorials. 

4.00pm: Wednesday’s cooking team prepare the evening meal – and wash up afterwards. 

6.30pm:  Dinner. 

8.00 – 9.00m: The guest speaker for the week joins us, reads from their work, and takes questions. 

Thursday

9.30/10.00am—1.00pm: Group workshop. 

1.00pm: Lunch. Our hosting team will prepare and serve lunch – and wash up afterwards. 

2.00 – 4.00pm: 1-1 tutorials. 

4.00pm: Thursday’s cooking team prepare the evening meal – and wash up afterwards. 

6.30pm:  Dinner. 

Activities for Thursday evening are left flexible and will be agreed between the group and tutors during the week. It may be a ‘night off’ or even include a visit to the local pub, for those who would like to go. 

Friday

9.30/10.00am—1.00pm: Group workshop. 

1.00pm: Lunch. Our hosting team will prepare and serve lunch – and wash up afterwards. 

2.00 – 4.00pm: there may be 1-1 tutorials or, if both tutors have already seen all the participants, there may be a ‘drop-in’ session to tie up loose ends and review re-drafted work. 

4.00pm: Friday’s cooking team prepare the evening meal – and wash up afterwards. 

6.30pm: Dinner. 

8.00 – 9.00pm: A celebratory reading by course participants. Everyone will have the opportunity to share work they have produced during the week. 

Saturday

Breakfast, goodbyes, and departures. We ask everyone to vacate the building by 10.00am, but you can leave as early as you wish. 

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