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This week: Arvon at Home

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This week''s Arvon at Home events

This week Colm T?ib?n, author of Brooklyn, will join us for a Live Guest Reading on Wednesday evening. Chris Wakling, who delivered our first-ever Arvon at Home Masterclass, returns for a two-hour fiction Masterclass on Thursday morning. We''re also sharing details of a new Writing Week in November, ''Young Adult Fiction Work-in-Progress'' tutored by Jenny Valentine and Melvin Burgess. Our writing houses Totleigh Barton and Lumb Bank are still available to hire over selected dates this autumn and winter, with group sizes now limited to six.


This week: Live Guest Reading with Colm T?ib?n on Wednesday 16 September at 7:15pm BST

Colm is the author of nine novels, including The Master, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary and Nora Webster. His work has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, has won the Costa Novel Award and the Impac Award. His most recent novel is House of Names. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. Colm is currently Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University in New York and Chancellor of Liverpool University.

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What''s a Live Guest Reading? Every Wednesday evening a leading writer will join us as a guest, to read from their own work and answer your questions live. The hour-long reading and interactive Q&A will be hosted on Zoom and tickets are just ?5.

Also coming up...

Rachel Long on Wednesday 23 September at 7:15pm

Patrick McGuinness on Wednesday 30 September at 7:15pm

John Hegley on Wednesday 7 October at 7:15pm

Winnie M Li on Wednesday 28 October at 7:15pm

Gabriel Gbadamosi on Wednesday 11 November at 7:15pm

See the full guest reading schedule here


This week: Masterclass - Fire in the Flint: A Writing Workout with Christopher Wakling

Thursday 17 September at 11:00am BST

This masterclass will spark ideas for new stories and give you the know-how to develop them. We'll look at compelling examples, see how they work, and use them as inspiration for our own fiction, be it short or long. Think of it as a two-hour writing workout. It will put words on the page. Tune in prepared to experiment.

Christopher Wakling's eight published novels include What I Did and Escape and Evasion. He has tutored for Arvon since 2004.

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What''s a Masterclass? Similar to workshops on a traditional Arvon course, the tutor will share their invaluable writing advice and explore forms and techniques. You''ll also have time to write over the two hours, with helpful prompts set by the tutor. Tickets are ?35.

There are a limited number of grants available for people on low-income, see here for more info.

Also coming up...

Tania Hershman - Hybird Writing - Tuesday 22 September at 7:00pm

Roger Robinson - A Portable Paradise Craft Talk - Thursday 1 October at 11:00am

See all upcoming masterclasses here


Available for Private Hire:

Lumb Bank & Totleigh Barton

Have you ever been on one of our writing courses at our much-loved Yorkshire writing house, Lumb Bank or Totleigh Barton in Devon, and longed to come back with family or friends for your own holiday? 

With our writing centres closed until the end of the year, we are offering the special opportunity to privately hire Lumb Bank and Totleigh Barton for self-catering holidays over autumn and Christmas. Totleigh Barton is a 16th-century manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon and Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowner''s house in West Yorkshire, which once belonged to Ted Hughes. In line with the recent government rules, group sizes are limited to six people.

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Coming up: Writing Week

Arvon at Home Writing Week: Young Adult Fiction Work-in-Progress - Monday 2 November to Friday 6 November

So you''ve started your YA novel. Maybe it''s just an outline and a few hundred words; maybe you''re polishing up the final manuscript. Our aim is to help you get it done - to move it forward and make it real. Writing a novel can be a long and arduous business, and it''s easy to lose your enthusiasm and sense of what you''re trying to create. Let us help you foster that spirit of inspiration, creation and discovery that makes writing such a joy. By giving you time to get on with it in a supportive atmosphere, surrounded by others with the same aim and your tutors to guide you, we hope to put some real fire and drive into your work and help you bring the vision of your imagination forward into the light.

Tutored by Jenny Valentine & Melvin Burgess

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What''s a Writing Week? For the first time we''re bringing our acclaimed week-long writing courses online. Capturing the transformative power of an Arvon week, we''re helping you to create the Arvon experience in your home, across five days. Join us for a structured week of workshops, one-to-ones, social gatherings and readings delivered by two Arvon tutors via Zoom. The cost is ?375.

There are a limited number of grants available for people on low income, see here for more info.

Also coming up...

Life Writing with Coaching Week - Freeing yourself from procrastination with Colin Grant and Jo Alderson - 5 October to 9 October

Fiction Writing Week - Bringing the imaginary to life with Lucy Hughes-Hallett and Chibundu Onuzo - 12 October to 16 October

Poetry Towards a Collection Writing Week - Developing the character of your own poetry with Fiona Sampson and Sean O''Brien - 12 October to 16 October

Prose Poetry Writing Week - A week of formal and narrative play with Anne Caldwell and Sophie Collins - 19 October to 23 October

Popular Non-Fiction Writing Week - Writing for the modern reader with Nell Frizzell and Darcy Nicholson - 26 October to 30 October

Poetry Writing Week - Form and Freedom with Mimi Khalvati and Mona Arshi - 9 November to 13 November


Arvon 1-1

Online 1-1 tutorials are available to book in a range of genres. If you have a writing project on the go, this is a wonderful opportunity to get in-depth one-to-one feedback on your writing. You can now request a 1-1 with an Arvon tutor of your choice, and select times and dates that work for you.

You can also book any number of follow-on sessions with the same tutor to build on your progress.

Tutors currently available for 1-1s include Adam Marek, Colin Grant, Christopher Wakling, Horatio Clare, Kerry Young, Marcus Sedgwick, Jen Hadfield, Lucy Burnett and Rory MacLean.

Book an Arvon 1-1

What''s an Arvon 1-1? Arvon 1-1s are online sessions, modelled on the one-to-one tutorials we offer on Arvon courses. The 1-1 includes two hours of an Arvon tutor's time - one hour for your tutor to read 2000 words of your work-in-progress, one hour of one-to-one feedback via Zoom, and a follow-up email with recommendations on the next steps you can take with your writing. The cost is ?150.

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The Arvon Foundation is a registered charity (Charity No. 306694) and a company limited by guarantee (registered in London No.1086582).

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