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. 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 Thursday.

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 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.


Laura Marshall published her first novel Friend Request with Little Brown in 2017, one year after being shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. Her second novel Three Little Lies will be published on 28 June 2018. 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 Midorikawa 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.




Charlot King is a writer who lives in Cambridge, known best for her whodunnit series of books, the Cambridge Murder Mysteries, featuring amateur sleuth Professor Elizabeth Green. Charlot is also bringing out the first book in her new collection of Animal Tales later this year, a darker series of dystopian crime fiction. Charlot used to work in BBC Drama, as well as in the film industry.  Although approached by a publisher, Charlot has chosen the self-publishing life, enjoying its direct control over income and writing.



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.


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 breakfast 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 Dr Isobel Maddison by email here.

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