Emerging Writers: Poetry and Prose

Sat 22 August 2020 - Thu 27 August 2020
Tutors / Tiffany Atkinson & Deborah Kay Davies
Course Fee / From £299 - £399 per person
Genres / FictionNon-FictionPoetryShort Stories
Language / English

This course is aimed at emerging poets and prose writers between the ages of 18 and 35.

Whether you’re working on a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, a work of non-fiction or experimenting across different genres, you’ll receive invaluable guidance on your creative journey on this course.

Under the guidance of professional writers and guest speakers from the publishing and creative industries, we’ll concentrate on your writing processes, including re-drafting and editing. Also integral to the experience will be advice on publishing, performing and publicising your work. You’ll take part in group workshops and one-to-one sessions with the tutors, and Literature Wales staff members will run writer development opportunities surgeries during the week. The course will provide an encouraging and safe space for a group of young writers to learn from the tutors and from each other. There will also be plenty of free time for writing, and many additional activities such as socialising, walking, and even swimming in the sea.

This course is run in partnership with Wales Arts Review.

To read blog posts from past attendees of the Emerging Writers Course, visit our website.


Tiffany Atkinson

Tiffany Atkinson is a poet and literary critic. Her poems are published widely in journals and anthologies, and her first collection, Kink and Particle (Seren, 2006) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Her second, Catulla et al (Bloodaxe, 2011) was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year, and her third collection, So Many Moving Parts (Bloodaxe 2014) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and winner of the Wales Book of the Year’s Roland Mathias Poetry Prize. Her forthcoming collection, Undergold, which includes a prize-winning sequence about medicine and healthcare, will be published by Bloodaxe in 2020. She is currently working on a collection of essays about poetry and embarrassment. Tiffany gives regular readings and workshops across the UK and internationally and is a Leverhulme Fellow and Professor of Poetry at the University of East Anglia.

Deborah Kay Davies

Deborah Kay Davies’ debut novel True Things About Me (Canongate Books, 2011) is soon to be made into a feature film starring Ruth Wilson. When the book was first released, the BBC TV Culture Show named Deborah as one of the twelve best new British novelists. Published in the US by Faber, Lionel Shriver chose the novel as her personal Book of the Year in The Wall Street Journal. Deborah’s first work of fiction was a collection of short stories, Grace, Tamar and Laszlo The Beautiful (Parthian, 2009), which won Wales Book of the Year. Her second novel, Reasons She Goes to the Woods (Oneworld, 2014), was longlisted for the Bailey’s Prize and shortlisted for the Encore Award. Her new novel, Tirzah And the Prince of Crows, published by Oneworld in 2019, was praised by The Observer for its “profound sense of place” and described by The Daily Mail as “spellbinding”. Deborah has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from Cardiff University.

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