Arvon Residential Writing Courses Devon
Totleigh Barton Sheepwash, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5NS
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer
At the heart of Arvon is the desire to encourage anyone, regardless of background, to find their voice through writing; whether you want to bring talented writers, or individuals who need more support, each week is shaped around the participants? needs and interests.
An Arvon week provides a chance to develop writing and language skills, alongside imagination and creativity. The experience can also improve participants? communication skills and self-belief. For many, these five days can be life-changing.
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.
The centre lies two miles from the village of Sheepwash, with walks along the River Torridge nearby. The nearest railway station is Exeter St Davids.
Group Sizes Catered For
The centre can accommodate up to 16 students and two teachers who act in loco parentis.
Risk Assessment Details
A risk assessment for the centre is sent to the school upon booking.
Please get in touch with details about your school or group for up-to-date fee information.
First Aid Information
Centre staff are all first aid trained and are on-site in the day. Emergency contact numbers are provided for adults acting in loco parentis overnight.
We provide lunch for the group each day, and participants take it in turns to cook dinner in groups of four, with the support of the centre staff. Supplies for self-service breakfast are provided. The cost of all food is included in the overall fee.
Outside of workshops and evening readings, the entire centre and grounds are available for participants to find a space to write, talk or arrange additional activities. This includes the dining room, the lounge, and a large heated barn with comfortable sofas, computers and a projector. There are also desks in many of the bedroom to use for personal writing time.
There is no wi-fi provided for participants and phone reception is poor; however we do have internet access if necessary and a phone for students to contact families. We think this disconnection from communication technology is an important part of the experience, and allows students to leave the usual distractions behind and focus completely on their writing.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
The main work/ living space is fully accessible and there is a wheelchair-accessible bedroom with en suite bathroom.
Room Sizes and Facilities
There are 12 single rooms and two shared room. Bathrooms are shared among up to four students, usually fewer.