Lucy Cavendish College Creative Writing Course

Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 September 2020

Devote a week to improving your creative writing skills on a fully residential course at Lucy Cavendish College, part of the University of Cambridge and home to the prestigious Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize.

The Creative Writing Course is open to all prose writers, regardless of experience and irrespective of gender.

Writers will have the opportunity to learn from published authors, fellow writers and industry experts, in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Each day features a writing workshop, a talk by an author, editor or agent, and free time for writing – guiding writers towards publishing success. 'Writers will receive feedback on their work in one-to-ones with an expert and will have the opportunity to read their work to other course members in an informal setting in the evenings. The course is fully residential, with en suite accommodation from Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th September and food provided for 5 days including a special three-course dinner and drinks reception on Saturday. It provides the perfect opportunity for writers to boost their creativity, confidence, and writing skills.

The course will be led by writer and teacher, Miranda Doyle and by Jo Browning Wroe, a writer and Creative Writing Supervisor at Lucy Cavendish College.

2020 guest speakers:

  • Nelle Andrew, Literary Agent with PFD

  • Gillian Stern, editor and ghost writer

  • Deepa Annapara, author of Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, (winner of Lucy Cav Fiction Prize, Bridport Prize and Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award.)

  • Lesley Sanderson, author of The Orchid Girls, The Woman at 46 Heath Street and The Leaving Party

To book your place please complete this form.

A non-residential option is also available. Non-residential places are limited and given on a first come first serve basis.

We look forward to meeting you in September!

Previous years participants' reflections after the course:

“Sad to be leaving my student digs but coming away full of inspiration and determination.”

 “You get a huge amount from being residential. You’re free from the distractions of washing, cleaning and cooking and commuting.”

“The week has been good for structure, focus and goals”

“You realise what you can do!”

“The morning workshops worked well and speakers’ contributions were informative. Access to the library was important for resources and the setting was very inspiring!”

“Can’t believe my Lucy Cavendish College creative writing short course is over! Great bunch of people, great tutors, great speakers and great food!”

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