Lucy Cavendish Creative Writing Course 28 Sept to 3 Oct 2019 (residential)

Location: Lucy Cavendish College

Date(s): Sat 28 September - Thu 03 October

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. All 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 Saturday.

Each day there will be a writing workshop, feedback, a talk by a successful author or industry expert, as well as free time for your own writing. The course will be led by Miranda Doyle and Jo Browning Wroe (biographies below).


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 has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA and her recently completed novel was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize last year. 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.  



Nelle Andrew is a literary agent at Peters Fraser and Dunlop (PFD), one of the longest-established literary and talent agencies in London. She was named a BooksellerRising Star of 2016, and nominated for Literary Agent of the Year at The British Book Awards of 2018. Before joining PFD, she worked at Pan Macmillan, and now represents New York Timesand Sunday Timesbestsellers. She is interested in wellwritten, accessible literary fiction, clever suspense and crime, and 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 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 essential to establishing careers.


Sara Collins is set to publish her debut as a lead title for both Viking UK and HarperCollins US. She was shortlisted for the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, after winning the Michael Holroyd Prize and winning third prize for the Bath Short Story Award. Sara’s debut novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton, is described by her publisher as “a jaw-dropping account of one woman’s quest for freedom and love, in a world where those rights are routinely denied because of her colour and gender, and a twisted murder mystery” , and is highly anticipated. Sara worked as a lawyer for seventeen years before completing a Master of Studies in Creative Writing at Cambridge. Her debut will be published on 4 April 2019.


Catherine Chanter's first novel The Well won the Lucy Cavendish Prize 2013. It was a Richard and Judy Book Club Pick in autumn 2015.  It was long listed for the CWA John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger 2015. It is published in the UK by Canongate and has been translated into twelve languages. The Half Sister was published in 2018.



Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott’s award-winning debut Swan Song was published last year, by Penguin Random House/Hutchinson. The novel, about Truman Capote’s betrayal of his ‘Swans’ , was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize in 2016. It also won the 2015 Bridport Prize, Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel, and was shortlisted for the 2015 Myriad Editions First Drafts Competition and the 2015/16 Historical Novel Society New Novel Award. It was named one of The Times’ Books of the Year 2018. In 2006, Kelleigh received the Abroad Writers’ Conference Fellowship in Provence; she has also been honoured by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, among numerous screenwriting honours. From Houston, Texas, she has since called London and Los Angeles her home.


Frances Maynard’s The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr (2016 shortlist) was sold at auction to Mantle, and published in the US by Source Books. It was runner-up for the McKitterick Prize Author Awards in 2018 and the Good Housekeeping First Novel Award. Her second novel Maggsie McNaughton’s Second Chance will be published on the 27 June 2018. Frances teaches English, part-time, to adults with learning difficulties. She is married with one grown-up daughter and lives in Dorset.



Gillian Stern is an editor of literary and commercial fiction. After fifteen years of commissioning books and journals in the social sciences, she championed a debut novel that went on to win The Whitbread First Novel Award and the Richard & Judy Summer Reads of Summer Reads. Passionate about fiction and experienced in spotting and editing bestsellers, Gillian is also a successful ghostwriter, her latest memoir recently named Non Fiction Book of the Year by a major retailer. She works as a structural editor for several publishers including Bloomsbury, Hodder, Macmillan and Orion and critiques and edits for many leading literary agents. She also mentors writers through word-of-mouth and regularly places debut novelists with agents and publishers. 


Enquiries and booking:


Please address all general enquiries about the course to Dr Isobel Maddison by email here.

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