It was a remarkable experience that should be made available to all students. Exceptional.
Head of English, Walker Technology College
Young people are at the heart of Arvon's work with writers. Our very first residential course in 1968 was with a school group. Over 40 years, the structure has developed into what teachers have described 'as an exceptional' course tutored by two published writers.
Over 2012 we worked with more than 25 schools, colleges and youth groups across the UK to provide tailored courses that ignite a lifelong love of imaginative writing and help to develop the creative voice of each participant.
We work closely with teachers to tailor courses for each specific group, but all courses follow the same basic format as for all our adult courses. We match experienced, professional writers to the requirements of your group, in any writing genre and across all forms.
Each residential course takes place in the inspirational surroundings of our centres in Devon, Shropshire and Yorkshire. Away from the distractions of everyday life, with little in the way of a mobile signal, TV or internet, everyone has the space they need to focus on their writing.
For the vast majority of our participants, the chance to work and live as a writer amongst other writers, acts as a huge catalyst and inspiration and has a profound and continuing effect for years to come. The poet Lemn Sissay began his writing life as a student on an Arvon schools course.
Interested in bringing a group to Arvon? Read more
We are often asked if we can provide a course for individual young people who aren't coming with a school or youth group. If you are an individual young person and you are Under 16 and want to attend Arvon, the best thing to do is let your teacher know about us. We'd be happy to send them further information.