Arvon Foundation

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"Arvon runs courses and retreats for writers in historic writing houses where participants live and work in a creative secluded surrounding."


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 around a fifth of all course participants receive some support.

The week exceeded my expectations, which were already high due to the glowing recommendations of friends who’d attended previous courses. The tutors and guest speaker were inspiring, encouraging and approachable. I can’t tell you how much my confidence has grown in the short time I’ve been here.” —course participant

At Arvon, everyone is a writer. Here writers teach writers...a place where no one need be embarrassed to love words or books, or by wanting very much to write better.” —Maggie Gee

Arvon is like an art gallery or a cathedral or a national park. It’s a space which is open to everyone and where everyone is welcome whoever you are. We don’t know what experience you’ll have or what you’ll take away with you. But we know that it could change your life.”—Mark Haddon

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Contact details

Free Word, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA
Telephone 020 7324 2554
The Hurst 
The John Osborne Arvon Centre
Clunton, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 0JA 
Tel 01588 640 658 
Fax 01588 640 509 
Lumb Bank 
The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre
Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 6DF 
Telephone/Fax 01422 843 714 
Moniack Mhor 
Teavarran, Kiltarlity, Beauly Inverness-shire IV4 7HT 
Telephone 01463 741 675
Totleigh Barton
Sheepwash, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5NS 
Telephone 01409 231 338 

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