Sep 26-Oct 1
Residential Writing Week: Starting to Write
Taking on the blank page
At the heart of all good writing is passion. Here’s your chance to explore your obsessions, stories or memories and develop your travel book, memoir or history in a supportive and inspiring environment.
With workshops, one-to-one tutorials and discussions, Felicity Cloake and Rory MacLean will offer detailed advice on motivation, starting points, structure, character and dialogue, exploring the transformation of experience — your own and others’, real and imagined — into words on the page.
Rory MacLean is one of Britain’s most expressive and adventurous creative non-fiction writers. His dozen books include the award-winning travel books…
Felicity Cloake is the award-winning author of the Guardian’s long-running ‘How to Make the Perfect’ recipe column as…
Emily Chappell is an author and long-distance cyclist. She cut her teeth working as a cycle courier in London,…
Single room: £845
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 Totleigh Barton:
We do not currently recommend this house if you are a wheelchair user. Totleigh Barton is a sixteenth-Century manor house and has many steps and tight corners. In the future we hope to redevelop the property to provide level access. 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: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
Totleigh Barton, the first ever Arvon centre, is a 16th-century manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon.
Totleigh Barton is a thatched manor house with single occupancy rooms and shared bathrooms. The house offers many comfortable lounge and spaces to relax and write throughout the house and a renovated barn offers a comfortable space for evening readings. Mobile and Wi-Fi signal is limited. We invite you to think of a retreat to this beautiful old house as a full ‘digital detox’ – a chance to make real progress with your writing with no distractions.
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.
Totleigh Barton lies two miles from the village of Sheepwash, with walks along the River Torridge nearby. There is a beautiful and productive garden and quiet spaces on-site for writing.
See here for more information on Totleigh Barton.
Arrive in the afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.
Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. Tutors read from their work in the evening.
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.
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.
Tutors lead the final workshops in the morning. In the evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.
The week comes to a close after breakfast, departures by 10am. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.
Sep 26-Oct 1
Taking on the blank page
Q&A and Reading
Zoom Masterclass with Brian Dillon
An inspiration session in partnership with Quay Words and Mothership Writers
Zoom Masterclass with Heather Clark
A day of Masterclasses and conversation with memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink and publisher Francesca Main
Embrace the craft
Building a story