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Bookings are now open for the third residential Lucy Cavendish College Creative Writing Course, 22 to 26 September

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

The Creative Writing Course is open to all prose writers, regardless of experience and irrespective of gender. Writers will spend the week learning 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.

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

Previous participants of the Creative Writing Course said:

“Great bunch of people, great tutors, great speakers and great food!”

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

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

“You realise what you can do!”

Lucy Cavendish College has a strong tradition of supporting and celebrating creative writers. Most notably, it hosts the prestigious Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize: respected in the publishing industry, and a catalyst for unpublished authors’ success.

Booking are now open here, and you can learn more here.

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

About Lucy Cavendish

The College was founded as a women's college for students aged twenty-one and over. From 2021 Lucy Cavendish College will embrace the University Widening Participation Campaign and become mixed, accepting applications from men and women aged 18/19 years old and over from September 2020. Our undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over sixty countries, and a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Many have changed careers or overcome significant challenges in order to reach University. The College is particularly strong in Medicine, Law, Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, the Social Sciences and English.

Contact information:

Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge – Jenny Ridge, Head of Marketing & Communications, T: 01223 768426, E: