Starting to Write

First Steps on Your Writing Journey

Monday October 4th - Saturday October 9th 2021

Lumb Bank

Are you ready to put pen to paper and take the first steps on your writing journey? Do you want to learn more about how poems and stories work? This supportive course will offer you the encouragement and motivation to put pen to paper while having some fun along the way. Whether you are completely new to writing, or you have made a start and are unsure how to continue, tutors Carys Bray and Stevie Ronnie will explore with you the tools and techniques you can use to become a better and more confident writer. Through playful and challenging creative exercises you’ll discover new ways to generate ideas, explore and expand your voice.

This course will include a series of workshops focussing on both prose and poetry, as well as time to experiment with your own writing and the opportunity for one-to-one tutorials with Carys and Stevie. They’ll offer sensitive and constructive feedback on your work and teach you how to fit writing into your routine when you return your daily life.

*We have worked hard to ensure our courses and retreats are as Covid-compliant as possible and can’t wait to welcome you to Lumb Bank. To learn more about the measures we have put in place please click here

Single room price: £815

Grants are available to help with the course fee

COURSE TUTORS

Lumb Bank house

Lumb Bank

The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowners 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.

THE COURSE AT A GLANCE

Writing course tutor delivering a workshop at Lumb Bank

Monday

Arrive late 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. 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.”

—Course participant

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