Programme of Virtual Courses Launched for the Winter
Mon 22 November 2021 / / Written by Literature Wales

Literature Wales is pleased to announce a brand-new programme of Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre taster courses to inspire writers over the winter months.

Our doors will reopen for visitors again in the spring, but in the meantime, you can experience the type of courses that is usually offered at our centre through our brand-new virtual programme. Literature Wales’ aim is to empower, improve and brighten lives through our activity, and this programme will inspire writers from all backgrounds and ability to engage with, and experience the power of writing and literature.

The eight short virtual courses will take place over lunchtimes on Friday afternoons in the new year and will offer a whistle-stop tour of various genres and themes in both English and Welsh, to encourage you to start, or continue to write. We welcome brand new writers who are curious about the craft of creative writing to join these taster courses, and they will also be suitable for writers with some experience already.

The Programme

For poets, Matthew Haigh will explore playful techniques in generating ideas for new poems, and will help inspire an idea for you to shape into a poem after the course. Poet Rosalind Hudis will also look at exploration – and even explosions – with a course looking at the link between poetry and science, and the science of poetry. For prose writers, new novelist Hammad Rind will share the secrets of how he went about writing, and publishing, his debut novel in 2021; and popular writer and broadcaster Horatio Clare will turn your writing on life, on place and on people into sparkling non-fiction.

In the Welsh-language, writers Osian Owen, Grug Muse, Dyfed Edwards and Marlyn Samuel will take us on various literary journeys in courses looking at the ancient millennia-old craft of the cynghanedd; essays to tackle the climate emergency; the dark underworld of crime thrillers; and in contrast – the popular pool-side page turner novel.

To read more about the courses and about the talented tutors, visit our website: where you can also book your space today. Spaces are limited, so please book your places early to avoid disappointment.

We are looking forward to spring of 2022, when we will open the doors to Tŷ Newydd, and welcome writers to our inspiring house to enjoy a wide range of residential courses, run by expert tutors. The full 2022 course programme will be launched early in January, but in the meantime, these digital courses will ignite your creativity, and give you a taste of what we have to offer at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre.