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Arvon Foundation

Arvon Foundation

Arvon runs an annual programme of residential creative writing courses at four rural writing houses, coveringa wide range of genres

Arvon Foundation courses

Arvon is celebrated for its unique ability to discover and develop the writer in everyone. We run an annual programme of residential courses at beautiful rural writing houses. The programme covers a wide range of genres – from fiction to screenwriting, and poetry to comedy. We offer grants to cover some or the entire fee, and...more

Arvon Foundation

When you start writing poems, people start asking, ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ This week will help you find some answers. Through a lively mix of exercises, discussions, games – and time to go off on your own and write – we will...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

Starting to write fiction, poetry or other forms raises questions: Write what? How to write? Why write at all? There are no rules, no simple answers, but during our week together we will write, read, talk and imagine, leaving you with tools...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

Walking was an inseparable part of creativity for the Romantic poets. They shared ideas on walks, they found inspiration from the landscape and the people they encountered, and they trod the rhythms of their poetry across some of the most...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

Whether you’re trying to edit short stories or a novel, this course will help you take on the hard yards. The tutoring team comprises an author and an editor; we will talk you through the editing process from both perspectives. Come prepared...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

Leave the world behind and escape to Totleigh Barton for a week free of interruptions. Give your writing the time and focus it needs, whatever stage your project is at. When you’re in need of a break, take a walk through glorious Devon...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

No distractions but the occasional owl and the crackle of the wood stove. Retreat to Lumb Bank, Ted Hughes’s former home, surrounded by steep woodland and rivers, packhorse trails and ruins of old mills, to find the motivation to get to...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

Whether you’re just starting out or stuck in a rut, we’ll help you take the next step in your writing journey. Step outside yourself and see the way you write, and what you write, anew. Explore writing fiction and poetry. Look at character...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

You want to write, but don’t know where to begin. You already write but find it hard to keep going. This week will cover fiction and poetry in equal measure and will allow you to experiment and find your voice. We’ll cover everything the new...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

If you’ve ever wanted to explore creative writing but you haven’t found a way in yet, then this is the week for you. Designed to give you the stimulus and space to get you writing, this week is suitable for those setting out to write poetry...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

Games are a collaborative endeavour, and to tell a story, a games writer really must play well with others. During this week, we’ll not only help you develop your writing but also broaden your storytelling skills beyond words – helping you...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

Writing fiction is hard work, and also incredibly rewarding. This week will help you begin, give you direction, propulsion and the important tools needed to keep going. Using a mixture of stimulating exercises, readings and discussion, we...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

A week for crime and thriller writers who like to keep it real. As a unique pairing of writer and forensic specialist, we will help you to develop vivid storylines rooted in reality. Context is crucial in forensic work, as well as a rich...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

Through close reading of work by wild, playful and inventive authors – Roberto Bolaño, Tao Lin, JG Ballard, James Joyce, David Foster Wallace, Lydia Davis, and many others – you will be encouraged to experiment with styles and techniques...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

Works such as Saul Bellow’s Herzog and the TV show House underline the role character plays in fiction. Although many studies focus on plot, character – which unlocks motivation, history and context – is a key element in the creation of an...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

“When one is highly alert to language . . . everything begs to be in a poem” —James Tate How do we nurture our alertness? Flood our brains with all the possibilities of language? Make the whole world beg to be included on our page? This will...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

What subject matter most interests and excites you? And what tools do you need to do it justice: language, imagery, tone, voice, form, free verse, rhythm, rhyme? We look forward to revitalising your enthusiasm for the nuts and bolts of...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

This is a week in which we will explore the many ways poetry can bring ideas, stories and emotions to fruition. Come prepared to write, to be open to techniques and approaches old and new, to be ready to stretch yourself but above all to...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

Poets write out of their personal chaos – the preoccupations that arise from their lives and relationships. But can private experience be poetically shaped to connect with a wider audience? Can we draw on the personal to create work that is...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

For John Keats, the best writers were ‘capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason’. It was a quality he dubbed ‘negative capability’: an imaginative suppleness and generosity...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

Arvon Foundation

It takes a lot to keep a teenage reader turning the pages. Well-developed characters, a strong storyline, an authentic voice and sharp dialogue are just some of the key ingredients we’ll be focusing on this week as we delve into the art and...

Full time
Hebden Bridge, Leeds And West Yorkshire

FROM

£760.00

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