Finding Your Inspiration: Starting to Write Fiction and Poetry

Mon 27 April 2020 - Sat 2 May 2020
Tutors / Louis de Bernières & Tiffany Murray
Course Fee / From £550 - £675 per person
Genres / FictionPoetry
Language / English

You will have ideas, and might have many words on the page, but where do you go from here? This week will give you the answers. During your time at Tŷ Newydd, Louis and Tiffany will spark your imagination in practical fiction and poetry workshops. You will experiment with form and storytelling and discover new ways to sift and structure your thoughts and material. In the afternoons there will be an opportunity to discuss your work individually with the tutors in one-to-one tutorials. This week will be supportive, productive, creative and fun. You will fall in love with your writing again and be given the tools to carry on beyond the course.


Louis de Bernières

Louis de Bernières published his first novel in 1990 and was selected by Granta magazine as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993. Since then he has become well known internationally as a writer, with Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Secker & Warburg, 1994) winning the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Novel in 1994. His publications include the acclaimed Birds Without Wings (Secker and Warburg, 2004); the Costa Novel Award shortlisted A Partisan's Daughter (Harvill Secker, 2008); The Dust That Falls From Dreams (Harvill Secker, 2015); and his most recent collection of poems, Of Love and Desire (Harvill Secker, 2016). As well as writing, Louis plays the flute, mandolin and guitar.

Tiffany Murray

Tiffany Murray has been an International Hay Festival fiction fellow; a Fulbright scholar and she was a senior lecturer for over ten years. She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and Director of the Hay Festival’s Writers at Work programme, a long-term professional development strategy to nurture Welsh writers. Her novels Diamond Star Halo (Portobello Books, 2011) and Happy Accidents (Harper Perennial, 2005) were shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, and her latest, Sugar Hall (Seren, 2014) was listed as one of David Mitchell’s favourite ghost stories in The Week. She has had short fiction and non-fiction published in various magazines and collections, and features in national newspapers including The Times, The Telegraph and The Guardian.

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