CANCELLED Lucy Cavendish Creative Writing Course 18 to 23 September 2017 (residential)

Location: Lucy Cavendish College

Date(s): Mon 18 September - Sat 23 September

Time: 12:00 - 11:59

Event Details:

We regret to announce that the 2017 Lucy Cavendish Creative Writing Course has been cancelled. We will contact all those who have booked in due course to arrange a refund of any deposits paid.

We intend to run this course in September 2018, so please visit our website regularly for more information.


Boost your creativity and build your confidence in a week of workshops, talks, and most important of all, time for you to write. This residential course is open to all prose writers, whatever your experience or inexperience. Writers with any level of experience will be welcome at our first fully residential course, where you will spend a week learning from published authors, fellow writers and industry experts in a relaxed and creative environment.

Lucy Cavendish College has a long history of supporting and celebrating creative writers, including hosting the prestigious annual Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. You will stay in en suite accommodation on the peaceful College campus and will enjoy delicious meals including a special three-course dinner and drinks reception on Thursday. What better place to write and reflect than gazing out at the beautiful gardens of Lucy Cavendish College?

On this course, you will meet judges from the Fiction Prize including Sophie Hannah, Gillian Stern and PFD agent Nelle Andrew as well as successful previous entrants and published authors including Laura Marshall and Kate Rhodes. Please read full biographies below.

The course will encompass feedback, group workshops, talks by published authors, private time to write and a chance to share work and ideas.

Enquiries and booking:

We welcome writers of all levels of experience, irrespective of gender. The course is fully residential, with en suite accommodation and food provided for five days including a special three-course dinner and drinks reception on Thursday. It costs £1,250 per person.


Please see full booking terms and conditions here.


Course Directors

Miranda Doyle’s memoir A Book of Untruths was published by Faber & Faber in June.  She has lectured on Autobiography: Self and Truth at Anglia Ruskin University and one of her great loves is to teach story telling. 




Jo Browning Wroe writes for educational publishers in the UK and the US and has received awards in both countries. Her most recent project, Graphic Lives, a set of three graphic novels, demystifying the therapy process for troubled teenagers, was published by Speechmark in November. She writes occasional features for the New Statesman and the Church Times. She is Creating Writing Supervisor at Lucy Cavendish College, and is involved with the Cambridge and Dubai Literary Festivals.  She has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA and is working on a novel for adults. 



Nelle Andrew is an agent at Peters Fraser and Dunlop, sponsors of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. She represents NY Times and Sunday Times bestsellers and is a Bookseller Rising Star of 2016. Before joining PFD she worked at Pan Macmillan. She is interested in well-written, accessible literary fiction, Book Club, clever suspense and crime as well as wonderful storytelling that defies genre pigeon-holing. She has a BA Hons from Warwick University in English with Creative Writing and an MPhil from Trinity College Dublin in Creative Writing with Publishing. Before she was made an agent she was published as a fiction author, hence her particular empathy for debut authors who need the attention to detail and primary care so necessary to establish their careers.


Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, and a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College. Her novels have been published in 32 languages and include The Carrier (2013) which won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Two of Sophie’s crime novels, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives, have been adapted for television and appeared on ITV1 under the series title Case Sensitive in 2011 and 2012. In 2004, Sophie won first prize in the Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition for her suspense story The Octopus Nest, which is now published in her first collection of short stories, The Fantastic Book of Everybody’s Secrets. Sophie has also published five collections of poetry. Her fifth, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Hercule Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a bestseller in more than fifteen countries.  Her second Poirot novel, Closed Casket, was published in September 2016. See more on Sophie’s own website here. Photo (on left) by Philippa Gedge.


Laura Marshall published her first novel Friend Request with Little Brown in 2017, one year after being shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. Laura grew up in Wiltshire and studied English at the University of Sussex in Brighton and she now lives in Kent with her husband and two children. 


Gillian Stern is an editor of literary and commercial fiction, who after 15 years of commissioning books in the social sciences, championed a debut novel that went on to win the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Richard and Judy Summer Reads of Summer Reads. Passionate about fiction and experienced in spotting and editing bestsellers, Gillian is also a successful ghostwriter, having ghosted eight memoirs to dates. She works on a freelance basis as a structural editor for several publishers including Bloomsbury, Orion and Penguin and critiques and edits for many leading literary agencies including Curtis Brown, Conville & Walsh, PFD, RCW, Furniss Lawton, Aitken Alexander and A M Heath. She also works with The Writer’s Workshop, The Literary Consultancy and mentors writers sent to her by agents, publishers and word of mouth recommendations.


Kate Rhodes is a full-time crime writer, living in Cambridge with her husband, a writer and filmmaker. Kate used to be an English teacher in schools and universities and has published two award-winning collections of poetry. In 2015 she won the Ruth Rendell short story prize. Kate is the author of the acclaimed Alice Quentin series, with the fifth book, Blood Symmetry published in 2016. 

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