Arvon Residential Writing Courses West Yorkshire
The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Hepstonstall, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 6DF
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer
Arvon offers five-day residential writing courses for schools and groups, tutored by two professional authors, and held in historic writing houses in countryside locations. 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.
The house stands in 20 acres of steep woodland and has a breathtaking view to the valley below - a Pennine landscape of woods and rivers, weavers' cottages, packhorse trails and ruins of old mills.
The centre is half a mile from the historic village of Heptonstall and two miles from Hebden Bridge.
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 our 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 students to find a space to write, talk or arrange additional activities. This includes the dining room, the lounge, a large heated barn with comfortable sofas, and computers and a projector, as well as the gardens and 20 acres of woodland. There are also desks in many of the bedroom to use for personal writing time.
There is no wi-fi 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
One bedroom has a specially adapted bathroom for people with mobility issues and can also accommodate a personal assistant. Physical access around the site can be difficult. If you have any specific access requirements, please discuss with us prior to booking.
Room Sizes and Facilities
There are 14 single rooms and one shared room. Bathrooms are shared among up to four students, usually fewer.