Urban Arvon


FRI 15th - SUN 17th JULY at 43-46 Gordon Square, London

Three unique, three day, non-residential Creative Writing Courses led by published writers, took place at Birkbeck’s historic Gordon Square, the former home of Virginia Woolf.

Arvon has been running creative writing courses for 40 years in its beautiful country houses, and for first time offered the opportunity to experience the magic of Arvon – without having to leave London!

The three inspiring courses ran simultaneously over the weekend:


Each course included daily workshops, personal writing time, lunch and supper, tutor and guest readings.


Watch this space for news of the next Urban Arvon 


'What an amazing three days I have had on the Urban Arvon. I would never have been able to attend had it not been for the grant award. I have dabbled in poetry for a while and have always believed I have many poems inside me. What I discovered over the weekend through the workshops was that I have been hiding behind abstract language and emotive words. Aoife Mannix's excellent tutoring helped me see this and helped me to be brave and vulnerable and just say it like it is. Scary but good!



‘It was a brilliant weekend indeed and I look forward to swapping stories, poems… other gems… soon!’

Donna Burgess (Starting to Write) 


I was back at work today but my head wasn't. It was still in room G3 somewhere off Gordon Square thinking about all the fascinating stuff we talked about over those three days. I really had so much fun and it really helped dislodge my writer's block! 

John Edwards (Developing Your Fiction) 


I’ve been well and truly Arvon-ed.  I got up the day after the course and just kept writing.  I don’t think I realised that all types of writing would be welcomed and would be equally credible.  Now I know it’s equally OK to write funny, frivolous stories I know that fiction is the perfect excuse to shamelessly embellish all my anecdotes, and I’m just going to keep going!

Laura Greenfield (Starting to Write) 


Read a blog about Lucinda Lloyd's experince of Urban Arvon here



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