Screenwriting: Tutored Retreat

How to Test and Strengthen Your Screenplay

Monday August 23rd - Saturday August 28th 2021

Totleigh Barton

Creativity’s all about confidence. We’ll help you strengthen your project from inside out, giving you a series of questions to ask of your story and characters; digging deep to find what your story’s really about, raising the stakes and testing your characters, in the process making you a more confident writer. Never give them (the audience / the funders) what they want – give them what they didn’t know they were looking for. Please send a one or two page (max) outline and the first ten pages of the script to totleighbarton@arvon.org by August 16th.

*We have worked hard to ensure our retreats are as Covid-compliant as possible and can’t wait to welcome you to our historic Hurst home. To learn more about the measures we have taken please click here

Single room price: £850

 

This course is available half-price for Arvon 18-25 members and benefits-related concessions.
Grants are available to help with the course fee

COURSE TUTORS

Totleigh Barton garden and pond

Totleigh Barton

Totleigh Barton, the first ever Arvon centre, is a 16th-century manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon.

“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.”

—Course participant

Monday

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

Tuesday

From Tuesday to Friday the focus will be on individual work and one to one time with the tutors. We guarantee an hour with both tutors spread over the four days. On Tuesday evening the tutors will give readings from, or talks about their work followed by Q&A.

Wednesday

From Tuesday to Friday the focus will be on individual work and one to one time with the tutors. We guarantee an hour with both tutors spread over the four days. On Wednesday evening the guest speaker will join you for a reading and Q&A.

Thursday

From Tuesday to Friday in the mornings and afternoons, the focus will be on individual work and one to one time with the tutors. We guarantee an hour with both tutors spread over the four days.

Friday

From Tuesday to Friday the focus will be on individual work and one to one time with the tutors. We guarantee an hour with both tutors spread over the four days. On Friday there will be the customary sharing of work produced – or honed – during the rest of the week.

Saturday

The week comes to a close after breakfast. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.

What is a Tutored Retreat?

Tutored retreats are for more experienced writers, not beginners. The focus is on space to progress with your current work, plus in-depth support from two tutors available for one-to-one tutorials. Unlike our normal open courses, there are no workshops. Instead you will have four one-to-one tutorials, two with each tutor, as opposed to two on normal courses. A mid-week guest will read on Wednesday. On the last day you will all share your writing with a celebratory reading in the evening.

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