The Poetry Can recommends that at some point you attend a poetry course run by the Arvon Foundation.

Many poets and writers claim that attending an Arvon course has changed their lives.

Others may not quite go that far but will say that the course they have attended has enthused, inspired and given them a

great deal of confidence.

These courses are certainly very well regarded in the poetry world. Your commitment to your own artistic and professional

development as a poet will be taken more seriously by key people in the industry, including some notable publishers,

if you have attended one.

The Arvon Foundation's residential creative writing courses aim to challenge, inspire and transform your writing.

Week long courses (Monday to Friday) are held in four beautiful and historic houses:


Totleigh Barton, Dorset

In Devon: Totleigh Barton    



The Hurst, Shropshire In Shropshire: The Hurst


Moniack Mhor, Inverness-shire In Inverness-shire: Moniack Mhor


Lumb Bank, Yorkshire In Yorkshire: Lumb Bank




Arvon works with writers of every age and at every stage of their writing lives. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced,

there is a course for you.

Poetry courses (there are also courses relating to other forms of creative writing) usually focus on a particular aspect of poetry.

Each course is run by two professional poets, there is also a guest poets who appears for one day during the week.

There will be a mixture of group work, individual tutorials and readings.

If you are on low or no income, you can apply for a grant to help with your course fee.

You can read testimonies from people who have experienced the Arvon magic,  browse courses, book a place,  discover more about Arvon writing

houses, find out how to apply for a grant, and everything you need to know by logging on to the Arvon Foundation website: