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Arvon’s residentials: are creative writing courses are tutored by some of the leading authors writing today, across a wide range of genres. Arvon runs an annual programme of residential creative writing courses and retreats for schools, groups and individuals, at four rural writers’ houses in the UK. Tutored by leading authors, the five day courses offer a powerful mix of workshops and individual tutorials, with time and space to write, free from the distractions of everyday life. The courses are in a wide range of genres, including fiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting. Grants are available to help with course fees.

Arvon have four historic houses in different parts of the British countryside

Lumb Bank The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank is an 18th-century mill-owner’s house which once belonged to Ted Hughes. The house stands in 20 acres of steep woodland, 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.

Moniack Mhor hosts 17 Arvon weeks in the year, and features many Scottish writers among its tutors. The centre lies three miles from Loch Ness and overlooks the mountains of Strathfarrar and Ben Wyvis.

The Hurst is Arvon’s centre in Shropshire, the former home of playwright John Osborne.

Totleigh Barton the first ever Arvon centre, is a 16th-century manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon. There is a beautiful and productive garden and orchard. The recently renovated barn offers a comfortable space for evening readings. It lies two miles from the village of Sheepwash, with walks along the River Torridge nearby.

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