Lucy Cavendish Creative Writing Course 23 to 28 September 2018 (residential)

Location: Lucy Cavendish College

Date(s): Sun 23 September - Fri 28 September

Time: 12:00 - 11:59

Event Details:

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 and successful entrants from previous Fiction Prizes including literary agent Nelle Andrew and published authors Laura Marshall, Emily Midorkawa, Kate Rhodes and Gillian Stern and Peggy Hughes, the new Programme Director at the Writers' Centre in Norwich. The course will be led by Miranda Doyle and Jo Browning Wroe (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 £950 per person. There is also the option of a non-residential rate of £700. This will include lunch and dinner every day plus pre-dinner drinks and the formal served dinner with wine on Thursday.

Discounts of £50 on the residential course and £25 on the non-residential are available to members of the International Elizabeth von Arnim Society (join here) and the Katherine Mansfield Society (join here).

To book please complete the booking form having read the terms and conditions.Please address all general enquiries about the course and bookings to the Course Directors, Jo Browning Wroe ( and Miranda Doyle (


Course Directors

Miranda Doyle's family come from the tiny island of Coney in Sligo Bay. She grew up in Edinburgh alongside three brothers and a suspicious number of ill-fated pets. With an MA from Goldsmiths in Creative and Life Writing she teaches Memoir and Life Writing at the Faber Academy, has lectured on Autobiography for the Philosophy and European Literature degree at Anglia Ruskin University and continues to teach prose fiction. Although predominantly a fiction writer her debut book is a memoir, titled A Book of Untruths.  It was written with the support of an award from Arts Council England and explores the lies we tell ourselves.  


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. 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 which was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize last year. 



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.


Peggy Hughes is the new Programme Director at the Writers' Centre in Norwich. Peggy has enormous experience within the literature sector having worked at Edinburgh International Book Festival, StAnza, Scottish Poetry Library and Edinburgh City of Literature Trust. In 2013 she joined Literary Dundee (an initiative of the University of Dundee) as Director, where she produced and delivered the annual Dundee Literary Festival and coordinated the Dundee International Book Prize.


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. 


Emily Midorkawa was the winner of the 2015 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. She is the author of A Secret Sisterhood: the Hidden Friendships of Austen, Brontё, Eliot and Woolf, co-written with Emma Claire Sweeney and with a foreword by Margaret Atwood. It was published by Aurum Press in the UK in June 2017.




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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