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Location: http://www.arvon.org/centres

About this Organisation

Since 1968, Arvon has been offering people time and space to write. In beautiful countryside, with expert tuition from leading authors and the support of other like-minded writers, you can feed your imagination and let your stories flourish.

We run an annual programme of residential courses for schools, groups and individuals at our four rural writing houses – in Devon, Inverness-shire, Shropshire and Yorkshire. Our 2014 adult programme covers a wide range of genres, for all levels of experience, from beginners to emerging and published writers.

We offer you more than a writing course. We’ve cultivated the ideal environment for your creativity to thrive. Time and time again, we hear how surprised and delighted people are by the results of their Arvon week, and how the experience has boosted their confidence and creativity long after.

Thanks to the support of Arts Council England and generous donors, we’re able to offer grants to cover some or all of the course fee. Nine out of ten people who apply receive some support.

We also run Arvon City, our three-day non-residential creative writing courses in city centres. Have a look at our website in summer 2014 for more details.

Our centres:

The Hurst
When playwright John Osborne owned The Hurst, he declared that he had the ‘best view in England’. Now part of the Arvon family, the Hurst remains an inspirational place to come and write. Surrounded by Housman’s ‘blue remembered hills’, and featuring three 18th century buildings, thirty acres of lush woodland and a spring-fed lake, The Hurst is the perfect place to lose yourself in words.

Lumb Bank
Lumb Bank is an 18th century mill owner’s house which stands in twenty acres of steep woodland. The house once belonged to Ted Hughes and is set in a striking Pennine landscape of woods and rivers, fine stone houses and 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.

Totleigh Barton
Totleigh Barton is a thatched, pre-Domesday manor house, surrounded by farmland in one of the most peaceful and beautiful parts of Devon, two miles from the village of Sheepwash. Workshops are held in a newly refurnished 15th century barn. The centre has rights of way across surrounding countryside with access to the nearby River Torridge.

Arvon National
Arvon is a resident at one of the founding organisations of the Free Word Centre. Free Word brings together literature, literacy and free expression. Home to nine resident organisations and over 25 associates, it is a dynamic and international production house for literary culture, politics and ideas.

Come on our five day writing courses at Arvon, and you will find yourself living, working and eating in a historic writing house in an inspirational countryside setting.

Arvon is for everyone, including those who cannot afford the fees. Our grants scheme offers awards to cover some or all of the fee and around a quarter of all course participants receive some support.

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