Welcome to Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre

Tŷ Newydd is the National Writing Centre of Wales. Established in 1990, thousands of aspiring and budding writers have since passed through our iconic teal front door.

We specialise in residential creative writing courses. Every week we welcome a new group of individuals from Wales, the rest of the UK and beyond to our home. They spend time together under the tutelage of professional writers, taking part in workshops and one-to-one tutorials, enjoying readings and basking in the inspirational setting of Tŷ Newydd.

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Explore our Courses

We have a range of courses and retreats available at Tŷ Newydd. Why not have a browse and discover what’s on offer.

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Christmas Retreat
Mon 03 Dec - Sat 08 Dec 2018
Tutor / Father Christmas
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Welsh Language Day Course: Starting your Prose
Sat 23 Feb 2019
Tutor / Guto Dafydd
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Welsh Language Day Course: Prose – Keep Going
Sat 02 Mar 2019
Tutor / Angharad Price
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Welsh Language Day Course: Writing for Children
Sat 09 Mar 2019
Tutor / Bethan Gwanas
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Spring Poetry Masterclass
Mon 11 Mar - Sat 16 Mar 2019
Tutors / Gillian Clarke, Maura Dooley
Guest Reader / Zaffar Kunial
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  • Featured Tutor

    Melvin Burgess

    Over 25 years, Melvin Burgess has built up an international reputation for writing hard-hitting books for teenagers. His seminal YA novel, JUNK, won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award in 1996, and was voted one of the top ten Carnegie winners of all time. He won the LA Times Best Young Adult Book of the Year Award for Doing It, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 by the YA Book Prize. He is also the UK’s current nomination for the international Hans Andersen Award for 2018.

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  • Featured Tutor

    Louise Walsh

    Louise Walsh is the author of Black River, published in 2016 by Carreg Gwalch following Literature Wales mentorship with Phil Carradice. Her first novel, Fighting Pretty, drew on her experiences in amateur boxing and was published in 2008. She lives in Roath, Cardiff, and in 2009 worked with Literature Wales and the Welsh National Opera to create Boxing Beats, a series of workshops aimed at encouraging boxers to keep journals. While watching the Leveson Inquiry on the news, she was reminded of Aberfan. This prompted her to begin writing Black River. She has been a participant on the Arts Council Wales/Hay Festival Writers at Work programme in 2016 and 2017 and is currently working on a novel set against the 1984 miners’ strikes in Wales.

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Our Blogs

29 Oct 2018 /
Every year, Tŷ Newydd donates a place on a residential course for the Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition’s First Prize. This year, we’re delighted...
25 Oct 2018 /
Ben See is a singer and composer from London. He also leads several choirs and singing projects around the UK. He is currently writing...