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Bookings are now open for the Online Lucy Cavendish College Creative Writing Weekend on 25th and 26th September 2021

The Creative Writing Weekend is open to all prose writers, regardless of experience or gender.

The course provides the perfect opportunity for writers to boost their creativity, confidence, and writing skills.

On each of these packed two days, writers will have access to four pre-recorded talks presented by a PFD litery agent, editor Gillian Stern, Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize winner Claire Askew, Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize shortlister Nicola Garrard, two live workshops run by course directors Miranda Doyle and Jo Browning Wroe, and have a one-on-one feedback session with Miranda, Jo or Gillian.

Course Directors

  • Jo Browning Wroe is Creative Writing Supervisor at Lucy Cavendish College. Her novel, A Terrible Kindness, will be published by Faber in January 2022. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Her books for the education market have won prizes here and in the States.

  • Miranda Doyle, a current Hawthornden Literary Fellow, teaches creative writing for the Faber Academy and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education.  Her memoir A Book of Untruths was published in 2018.

2021 guest speakers

  • Gillian Stern is an editor of literary and commercial fiction. Passionate about fiction and experienced in spotting and editing bestsellers, Gillian is also a successful ghostwriter, having written ​ten memoirs to date. She works on a freelance basis as a structural editor for several renowned publishers and mentors writers sent to her by agents, publishers and word-of-mouth recommendations and often goes on to place debut, or unrepresented, authors with agents.

  • Claire Askew's debut novel, All The Hidden Truths, was the winner of the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, and published by Hodder and Stoughton in 2018. The next novel in the DI Birch series, What You Pay For, was published in 2019. Her debut poetry collection, This changes things, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016 and shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and a Saltire First Book Award. She works as the Scotland tutor for women's writing initiatives Write Like A Grrrl! and #GrrrlCon.

  • Nicola Garrard is an English teacher. Her debut novel, 29 Locks, was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize in 2019 and will be published in September 2021 by HopeRoad. She was a runner up in the Poetry Book Society poetry competition and her words have been published in Mslexia Magazine, the IRON Book of Trees and the Writers & Artists Yearbook Guide to Getting Published.

  • Kate Evans, literary agent from PFD (sponsor of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize) representing books and journalism. She studied English Literature and Journalism in Australia and New York and worked variously in music, magazines, and literary festivals before beginning her publishing career at Hachette Australia in 2012. She is actively building a list of authors writing non-fiction and fiction.

Book your place

Please complete the form below and read the terms and conditions to make your booking.

This online course is £175. The deadline for booking is 12 noon on 31st August 2021.

Booking Form

We are also offering ONE free place for a low income writer.

How to apply for the free place

Application deadline as a low-income writer is 12 noon on 17th August 2021. Applicants should complete the form below and must be able to provide proof of financial eligibility such as: Jobseeker’s Allowance; Disability Benefit; Income Support; Working Tax Credit; Housing Benefit or proof of being a full-time carer. Your application will be entered into a free prize draw and the winner will be selected at random from all entries received before the deadline. The successful applicant will be notified by email.

Low-income writers booking form

Please address all queries to Ella Barrett.

We look forward to meeting you in September!