How creativity and innovation are related

How creativity is important and how creativity affects personality and how creativity innovation and entrepreneurship are linked
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2017 Arvon’s residential creative writing courses and retreats are renowned for their ability to release your imagination and transform your writing. Come to one of our beautiful rural houses in Shropshire, Devon and Yorkshire for a powerful mix of workshops and individual tutorials with highly respected authors. Choose from a wide range of genres. You’ll have time and space to write, and the support of your fellow writers. Grants are available to help with course fees. “It’s not just the inspiring spaces and dedicated writing time, it’s the support that makes it so special. I was able to take a creative leap I may never otherwise have made.” —Wyl Menmuir, longlisted for The Man Booker Prize RELEASE YOUR IMAGINATION for Fiction 2016 Creative writing courses and retreats 2017 Arvon is a registered charity (Charity No. 306694) and a company limited by guarantee (registered in London No.1086582).Welcome 2 2017 courses & retreats What is Arvon? 4 The Arvon week 6 – Starting to Write 30 Choosing a course 8 – Fiction 38 Centre facilities 10 – Poetry 68 Course fees 14 – Non-Fiction 90 How to book 14 – Writing for Grants 16 Children/YA 102 Our centres 18 – Theatre/TV/Film/Radio 107 – Other 123 More about Arvon 132-157 – Retreats 127 Terms and conditions 142-147 Reform Radio, group course, April 2016 Lumb Bank “the indescribable, strange, intense euphoria of a successful Arvon course” Ted HughesWelcome to Arvon’s 2017 Course Programme. We have 86 WELCOME residential courses and retreats to spark you to write, and keep you writing. Ruth Borthwick, Chief Executive and Artistic Director Our backbone of fiction, poetry and playwriting is always well represented, and, with our finger on the pulse, we are offering several new courses this year: Science Fiction and Fantasy, Writing for Performance, Theatre for Children and Young Adults, Children’s TV and Ghostwriting. You loved Retreat with Walking so we are running it again, and introducing Retreat with Singing. We are also delighted to welcome back the legendary songwriter Ray Davies to Arvon. Don’t forget, if you can’t afford to come on a course under your own steam, you can apply to us for a grant. See page 16 for all the details. Last year we opened Writers Retreat at The Clockhouse at the Hurst in Shropshire, our new retreat centre where up to four writers can come and write independently. It has been an overwhelming success. We will be opening The Clockhouse again in February for our first full year of Writers Retreats, so look for the details on page 154 if you’d like to have more time and space to write. 2018 is a very special year for Arvon: it’s our 50th anniversary To celebrate we are gathering stories on the transformational effect Arvon has had on writers over the years to compile a Festschrift for the occasion. If you’d like to be part of it and contribute an Arvon story of your own, do get in touch with us. We all look forward to seeing you in 2017 at Arvon. 2 3WHAT IS ARVON We host residential and city-based creative writing courses and retreats for schools, groups and individuals, led by highly respected authors. Founded in 1968, we are a creative writing charity with three rural writing houses, in Devon, Shropshire and Yorkshire, offering courses across a wide range of genres. Each year, over 40 of our courses are with vulnerable groups and schools, from young people who have experienced bullying to adults recovering from an addiction. We also work closely with teachers to support their professional development. We offer a home for the imagination, where anyone, regardless of writing experience, can step away from their normal routine, immerse themselves in the creative process, be inspired by experienced writers and release their imaginative potential. We believe that creative writing allows us to find our voice, creating new possibilities, new ideas, new futures. It unlocks our potential, our empathy and our hope. And we’re keen to share this opportunity for transformation with as many people as possible. To ensure our doors stay open to all, we rely on donations from charitable trusts and individuals. See pages 136- 137 to learn how you can support Arvon. 4 5 We had been called on to write as if writing mattered - and for the f irst time someone hadn’t just put a tick or a mark at the bottom of one’s writing. I think what was shattering was that suddenly everything mattered -Nick StimsonTHE ARVON WEEK Most Arvon weeks follow this structure (although retreats are a little different - see page 9) Our courses run from Monday afternoon to Each morning the tutors lead workshops to help you explore writing ideas, forms and techniques. Afternoons Saturday morning. You’ll be with a group of up to 15 other writers, and working with two tutors. are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. During the week you’ll have two tutorials (at least 20 minutes long), one with each tutor, to consider your writing in depth. Tuesday Friday Monday Wednesday Thursday Saturday Workshop Workshop We welcome One-to-one Workshop Workshop Time to write The week comes tutorials One-to-one to a close you on Monday One-to-one One-to-one afternoon. We’ll Time to write tutorials tutorials tutorials on Saturday In the evening In the evening morning, after give you a Time to write Time to write home-cooked tutors read In the evening all writers gather breakfast from their to share and dinner and a guest speaker a general own work joins the group celebrate their work introduction to the course 6 7Retreats CHOOSING A COURSE We recommend retreats for the more experienced writer. All retreats offer single rooms only. Otherwise, domestic It’s important to read the course descriptions arrangements are the same as for all courses. We have carefully. If it sounds like you’re the intended four types of retreat: audience, then it’s probably the course for you. Apart from Retreats, Starting to Write and Work-in- Tutored Retreat: Two tutors are available for two Progress courses, all weeks are suitable for writers one-on-one tutorials each, with a guest speaker on at any level of experience. Wednesday. There are no workshops in the morning. If you are not sure about which course is right for Retreat: No tutors. No morning workshops or evening you, give us a call on 020 7324 2554. readings – just time and space to write. Retreat with Yoga/Retreat with Singing: Structured in the same way as a retreat, but you have optional yoga Starting to Write meditations or singing sessions with an instructor. If you’ve done little creative writing before, or none at all, Writers Retreat at The Clockhouse: Your own then a Starting to Write course might suit you best. We apartment, with bedroom, bathroom and study (see offer Starting to Write courses in specic g fi enres, and a page 154). general Starting to Write course that includes fiction and poetry writing. Work-in-Progress Work-in-Progress weeks are designed for people who already have significant writing experience and would like project-specic f fi eedback and writing time. 8 9CENTRE FACILITIES Accommodation An Arvon centre is your home for the week. The accommodation is deliberately simple, comfortable and clean. The centre staff will be your hosts, ensuring a relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere. Each centre has a living room, a well-stocked library and many other quiet spaces, as well as an inspirational landscape to explore beyond the house. See pages 20-28 for details of bedrooms and bathrooms at each centre. You do not need a computer on our courses, but you are welcome to bring your own laptop. We have a few computers and a printer at each centre, which you can use for writing or printing out your own work (a donation for printing is requested). Mobile phone reception is poor at some of the centres, but there is a payphone in each house. We do not provide an internet connection or wi-fi – so there is nothing to distract you from your writing 10 11Food Accessibility Throughout the week, all your food and drink is Arvon welcomes writers with disabilities. If you provided, except for alcohol, which can be purchased have any specic a fi ccess requirements, please discuss from a local wine merchant on arrival and delivered early with us prior to booking and we will do our utmost in the week. We’re firmly committed to buying seasonal to accommodate your needs. All communal spaces, and locally produced goods. You’ll help yourself to including workshop spaces, are accessible to people breakfast, and a tasty lunch is provided for you every day with mobility issues. Each centre can accommodate by centre staff. Each evening, a different team of writers a personal assistant or carer if required, and if there takes a turn cooking dinner. The recipes and ingredients are spaces available. Accessibility to bedrooms and are provided and there’s lots of help at hand. Cooking bathrooms varies depending on the centre – see pages teams also take turns to do the washing-up. Cooking 20-28. All of our centres have a portable loop system is a fun and important part of the Arvon experience. available on request. Many of our previous participants talk fondly about the opportunities that cooking collectively can provide for sharing ideas and creating bonds with people from all walks of life. If you have dietary needs, for ethical, religious or medical reasons, we’re happy to cater for you – when you book, it’s important that you let us know. 12 13COURSE FEES The fee for 2017 standard courses and tutored retreats is £760. This covers a single room, all workshops, tutorials and readings, and full-board accommodation (not including alcohol). A few places with shared rooms are available at Totleigh Barton and Lumb Bank, and one small single room at Lumb Bank, at the reduced rate of £710. Other courses All single rooms only: Retreat (untutored): £560 Retreat with Yoga/Retreat with Singing: £660 Grants are available if you cannot afford the full fee (please see page 16). HOW TO BOOK A COURSE/RETREAT Bookings can be made online at You can also book by calling the centre where your chosen course/retreat is held. To secure your place, you will need to pay a deposit of £150 at the time of booking (unless you’re applying for a grant). You are welcome to pay in instalments via our online booking system. The full balance of your fee is payable no later than six weeks before the course or retreat starts. 14 15GRANTS FOR WRITERS HOW TO APPLY FOR A GRANT If you are a UK resident and cannot afford the full 1. Download a grant pack from our website, or ask us course fee, we encourage you to apply for one of our to send it to you. It contains full details of the application grants, which are awarded on the basis of financial need procedure and an application form. and not writing ability. Last year we were able to help more than 90% of all writers who applied. Priority is 2. Reserve a place on your chosen course, either online given to those coming to Arvon for the first time. or by phoning the centre hosting your course, and make sure you indicate that you wish to apply for a grant. You You may apply for any amount up to the full course fee. do not need to pay a deposit at this stage. The average grant we awarded in 2016 was £350. We offer higher amounts only in exceptional cases. 3. Complete the application form and send it along with your supporting documents to your chosen centre within To help us support as many people as possible, please apply only if you’d be unable to attend the course without a week. a grant, and ask for the minimum amount you need. 4. Within seven days we will assess your application, Grants are only available for those booking a course, not contact you with a decision, and finalise your booking. If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate a retreat. centre. “Without this grant I would not have been able to GRANTS FOR TEACHERS afford it. I am still overwhelmed at how amazing my experience was. I really do believe that it’s been life- changing; I have a new-found confidence in my writing.” Arvon supports the professional development of practising teachers, who may apply for a special fixed -grant recipient grant of £200 towards a course fee. You will need to send evidence that you are a practising teacher at a See page 134 for how to support the grant fund. UK primary or secondary school, or further education college. Teachers’ grants are limited in number and can be applied for in addition to the usual grant if further na fi ncial assistance is needed. 16 17THE HURST The John Osborne Arvon Centre, Shropshire 18 19THE HURST The Hurst is the ideal place to find your voice. Formerly the home of the playwright John Osborne, the recently renovated 19th-century manor house is set in the Shropshire Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Explore the 26 acres of inspiring woodland, unwind by the spring-fed lake, or simply sit and enjoy the view while you write. There are rail connections to London, Wales, the North and south-west England from Craven Arms station, eight miles away. On booking your course you will be sent a full booking conr fi mation by email including details of There is something about the local cab companies who can bring you to The Hurst. natural beauty at The Hurst which The centre is fully accessible, with a lift to all floors and supports the endeavour of writing, 16 single, en-suite bedrooms. which makes wanderings and Situated in the grounds of The Hurst is Arvon’s dedicated musings inevitable.” Writers Retreat at The Clockhouse. It consists of four apartments, each with bedroom, study and en-suite bathroom, and all food provided, for six-day and three- day writing retreats. The Hurst, Clunton, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 0JA Telephone: 01588 640 658 Email: For more details on Twitter: hurstonthescene Writers Retreat at The Clockhouse visit page 154 20 21LUMB BANK The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, West Yorkshire 22 23LUMB BANK Lumb Bank is an 18th-century mill-owner’s house set in 20 acres of steep woodland. The house once belonged to Ted Hughes and has a breathtaking “I want to move in view to the valley below – a Pennine landscape of permanently to Lumb woods and rivers, weavers’ cottages, packhorse trails and ruins of old mills. Bank. If I was very quiet they might not It is half a mile from the historic village of Heptonstall and notice” two miles from Hebden Bridge. There are 14 single rooms and one shared room. One bedroom has a specially adapted bathroom for people with mobility issues and can also accommodate a personal carer. Hebden Bridge train station is on the Leeds-to-Manchester line and 10–15 minutes by taxi from Lumb Bank. Lumb Bank, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 6DF Telephone: 01422 843 714 Email: Twitter: Lumb_Bank 24 25TOTLEIGH BARTON The first Arvon Centre, Devon 26 27TOTLEIGH BARTON Totleigh Barton is a 16th-century thatched manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon, two miles from the village of Sheepwash. There is a beautiful garden and orchard, with access to walks along the River Torridge nearby. The renovated barn offers a comfortable space for evening readings. Totleigh Barton has 12 single and two shared rooms. There is a wheelchair-accessible bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The nearest railway station is Exeter St David’s, which is around an hour’s drive from Totleigh. We can arrange for course participants to share a taxi to and from the station if you contact us in advance. “To step over the Totleigh Barton, Sheepwash, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5NS threshold into Telephone: 01409 231 338 Totleigh Barton Email: has always been Twitter: TotleighBarton to step into a world of writing.” -Penelope Shuttle 28 291. STARTING 5. STARTING TO WRITE TO WRITE 8–13 May 18–23 September STARTING The Hurst The Hurst Tutors: Karen McCarthy Tutors: Rachel Seiffert & Woolf & Courttia Newland Sam Riviere 2. STARTING 6. STARTING TO WRITE TO WRITE TO WRITE 15–20 May 13–18 November Lumb Bank Lumb Bank Tutors: Tim Pears & Tutors: Tiffany Murray & Greta Stoddart Paul Batchelor 3. STARTING For Starting to Write TO WRITE courses about specic fi 12–17 June genres, see: Totleigh Barton Tutors: Jane Feaver & 17. STARTING TO Daljit Nagra WRITE FICTION 4. STARTING 28. STARTING TO TO WRITE WRITE A NOVEL 14–19 August 40. STARTING TO Totleigh Barton Tutors: Tania Hershman & WRITE POETRY Jo Bell 60. STARTING TO WRITE NON FICTION 68. STARTING TO WRITE A PLAY 30 31 Don’t forget, grants are available to help with course fees. See page 16 for details.1 8 – 13 May The Hurst Lumb Bank 15 – 20 May 2 STARTING TO WRITE STARTING TO WRITE Keep it real and carry on Kick-start your writing Discovering what you want to write about and the best Whether you’re just starting out or stuck in a rut, form for your voice is an important part of the writing we’ll help you take the next step in your writing journey. process. Explore ways in which to tap into your own Step outside yourself and see the way you write, and experience and environment to create vibrant and what you write, anew. Explore writing fiction and authentic fiction and poetry. Build your writer’s toolkit poetry. Look at character from new angles. Play around and expand your range of techniques by experimenting with point of view. Surprise yourself into new and across genres and reading contemporary fiction. Learn exciting writing. Come and get a boost of energy. how to mine personal passions and preoccupations to generate new work, and how to develop ideas and Tim Pears has published eight novels, sustain an ongoing creative practice. including In the Place of Fallen Leaves, winner of the Hawthornden Prize, Landed and In the Light of Morning. Karen McCarthy Woolf is the recipient of the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award. Greta Stoddart’s first collection At Home in Her book of elegies An Aviary of Small Birds the Dark was shortlisted for the Forward Prize was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for for Best First Collection and won the Geoffrey Best First Collection. Faber Memorial Prize. Her second book, Salvation Jane, was shortlisted for the Costa Courttia Newland is the author of eight Book Award (Poetry). books. His latest is The Gospel According to Cane. A speculative fiction collection, Guest Emma Healey won the 2014 Costa Cosmogramma, will be published in 2017. Book Award (First Novel) for her Sunday Times bestseller Elizabeth is Missing. Guest Roopa Farooki has published six novels, which have been translated into 13 languages. Her last novel was The Good Children. 32 333 12 – 17 June Totleigh Barton Totleigh Barton 14 – 19 August 4 STARTING TO WRITE STARTING TO WRITE The muse of fire Jump-start your word-machine To be surprised by our imaginings, to excel ourselves Starting to write fiction, poetry or other forms raises and to reach the heaven of invention is the ambition questions: Write what? How to write? Why write at all? of many writers. During this inspiring week we will set There are no rules, no simple answers, but during our activities designed to stretch your potential, to help you week together we will write, read, talk and imagine, dream up and shape ideas, and to polish and finesse leaving you with tools to discover how your own peculiar your work in poetry and prose. You will be introduced and unique word-machine works, as well as new pieces to new forms, discover exciting ways of approaching and ideas to propel you forward. writing, and leave the course brimming with new-found conde fi nce and verve. Tania Hershman is the author of three short story collections and two books of poetry, co-author of Writing Short Stories: Jane Feaver is a novelist and short story A Writers’ and Artists’ Companion, and writer. Her collection Love Me Tender was curator of the short story hub. www. shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. An Inventory of Heaven is her latest novel. Jo Bell’s awards include the Charles Causley Daljit Nagra won the Forward Prize for Poetry Competition 1st Prize and a Saboteur Best First Collection. His subsequent two Award. Her latest collection is Kith. collections were nominated for the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry. Guest Inua Ellams is an award-winning poet, playwright and founder of the Guest Chibundu Onuzo’s first novel was Midnight Run. The Spider King’s Daughter. Her second, Welcome to Lagos, is out in January 2017. 34 355 18 – 23 September The Hurst Lumb Bank 13 – 18 November 6 STARTING TO WRITE STARTING TO WRITE A way into writing Trigger your imagination If you’ve ever wanted to explore creative writing but you You want to write, but don’t know where to begin. You haven’t found a way in yet, then this is the week for you. already write but find it hard to keep going. This week Designed to give you the stimulus and space to get you will cover fiction and poetry in equal measure and will writing, this week is suitable for those setting out to write allow you to experiment and find your voice. We’ll cover poetry and/or fiction, or for those who already have everything the new writer needs to get that inspiration work in its early stages. We will cover form and voice, down on paper. Expect engaging exercises and focused approaches to character and storytelling, and ways to encouragement to support and trigger your imagination keep going once the week is over. as well as increase your cond fi ence. Rachel Seiffert has published three novels, Tiffany Murray’s novels Diamond Star Halo, The Dark Room, Afterwards and The Walk Happy Accidents and Sugar Hall have been Home, as well as a collection of short stories, shortlisted for various awards. She has been Field Study. Her writing has been shortlisted a Hay Festival International Fellow and a for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. senior lecturer. She is also a scriptwriter. Sam Riviere’s 81 Austerities won the Forward Paul Batchelor’s poetry collections are The Sinking Road and The Love Darg. He has Prize for Best First Collection. Other titles include Standard Twin Fantasy, and Kim won the Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Kardashian’s Marriage. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009. Award. Guest Shazea Quraishi is a Pakistani-born Guest Wyl Menmuir’s r fi st novel, The Many , Canadian poet, playwright and translator. was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize Her work includes The Courtesans Reply and for Fiction. The Art of Scratching. 36 37

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