Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre has launched a programme of Welsh language courses to warm your creativity this autumn.
Aimed at new and experienced writers alike, we’ve handpicked some of Wales’ best writers to tutor day courses on poetry, prose and scriptwriting. Caryl Lewis will share her top tips for writing prose, Mererid Hopwood will run workshops on all kinds of poetry, and Angharad Tomos will ignite our childhood memories – inspiring us to write and illustrate new stories for children. Harri Parri will join us to write humorous stories, but if writing’s not your forte, a Pop-up Restaurant will follow Harri’s day course featuring the multi-talented John Ogwen as our guest entertainer. This will be an unique opportunity to enjoy a three course meal and entertainment in this beautiful historic house.
But that’s not all. We’ll also be running a short weekend course in partnership with Theatr Genedlaethol with playwright Aled Jones Williams and theater producer Sarah Bickerton leading a scriptwriting course to develop your ideas and themes. Aled will also return to restart our popular Tŷ Newydd Book Club in the autumn, where a small group meet at the centre to discuss short stories and Welsh literature.
For something completely different, Siân Melangell Dafydd will run a Yoga and Writing course on Guy Fawkes weekend. The course, focusing on all things fiery, promises to be a playful and experimental guaranteed to burn any creative barriers and set your imagination alight.
Before we bid farewell to 2016, nine young winners from this year’s Urdd National Eisteddfod literature competitions will join us at Tŷ Newydd for Cwrs Olwen. This course is held in partnership with the Urdd, with a generous contribution from the family of the late Olwen Dafydd. Winners of the Crown, Chair and Drama Medal competitions will be invited to Tŷ Newydd, along with those who came second and third in the competitions. The course aims to encourage young writers to continue and further develop their writing with help and guidance from an experienced writer, as well as getting to know each other at the national writing centre.
And last but not least, our poetry festival, Gŵyl Farddoniaeth Tŷ Newydd, returns on 1-2 October, so make a note in your diaries.
We look forward to welcoming you to Tŷ Newydd this autumn. Read about the courses on our website, and book your places early – there will be a warm welcome for you as always.
English-language courses for this autumn can also be found on our Courses and Retreat section on our website.