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Urban Arvon

Arvon is a creative writing organisation which aims to support writers at all stages of their career. It has been running courses for forty years in its beautiful country houses, and now we are pleased to announce its launch of a collection of creative writing courses based in central London. The non-residential courses will be led by published writers at Birbeck’s Gordon Square, which was previously the home of the renowned Virginia Woolf.  Held over a three day period from the 15-17 July, ‘Urban Arvon in Bloomsbury’ aims to encourage each budding writer to start or develop their writing throughout each course. There is a choice of ‘Starting to Write’ with Courtia Newland and Aoife Mannix, ‘Developing Your Fiction’ with Julia Bell and Patrick Neate, and finally, ‘Poetry that Rings True’ led by Nii Parkes and Niall O’Sullivan.


Every course will include workshops, tutor readings, and writing time. Additionally, on Saturday night, there will be guest readings from authors such as Bernardine Evaristo and Daljit Nagra, with the aim for everyone to come together in order to celebrate great writing.


The price of each course is £350, which includes lunch and dinner. There is a chance for writers unable to fund the full fee course to apply for a bursary – Arvon is offering £300 for each course. For more information about this, please contact Arvon at, or Jenny at


Similarly, for bookings and further details, please contact or phone on 0207 324 2554.


Address: Birbeck College, 43-46 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPD


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