Laugharne Weekend Creative Writing Bootcamp

Unique three-day creative writing course for beginners at the Laugharne Weekend literary and music festival in Wales. Price includes full festival pass.

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Apr 06 2017 - Apr 08 2017


Laugharne, Wales


£200 (inc festival ticket)


An intensive creative-writing course for beginners combined with a weekend pass for Britain’s quirkiest festival, in picturesque West Wales. Join proud Welshwoman Nikita Lalwani for three half-days of writing, and spend the rest of your weekend at music and literary performances in the village. The Laugharne Weekend 2017 is already completely sold out but we have ring-fenced 16 tickets to be sold only in combination with our Creative Writing Bootcamp. (If you already hold a Laugharne Weekend festival pass, the price for this course is £125)


Nikita Lalwani, author

Nikita Lalwani's first novel Gifted was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2007, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and was the winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize for New Fiction. Her second novel The Village was published in June 2012. Nikita was a judge for the Orwell Prize in 2013. Photograph: Bucy Neech.


We're thrilled to be partnering with the Laugharne Weekend to bring you this Creative Writing Bootcamp, aimed at people keen to tap into their creativity and find their writing voices. Across three half-day sessions, Nikita Lalwani will inspire you to begin to pen your own fiction, using writing exercises, discussion and plenty of good teaching advice. The course takes place at Strand House (Strand, Laugharne), a fine, Grade II-listed private house overlooking the stunning estuary where Dylan Thomas penned some of his best work from his boat-house.

Laugharne in West Wales is the beautiful coastal village where Dylan Thomas set Under Milk Wood and wrote many of his best-loved poems. It's also the setting for The Laugharne Weekend – a riotous annual event featuring three days of literature, music and carousing – ‘not a Dylan Thomas Festival,’ say the organisers, ‘but the sort of festival Dylan would have enjoyed’. This year's performers will include Alexei Sayle, Roger McGough, Natalie Haynes, John Cooper Clarke, Jeremy Hardy, Tony Robinson, music from Scritti Politti and Alasdair Roberts – and many more. One event to watch out for features award-winning writer Tessa Hadley with former Curtis Brown Creative student and bestselling novelist Kate Hamer, in conversation with CBC director Anna Davis.

The Creative Writing Bootcamp is open to all applicants and places will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis.

If you already hold a festival pass for the Laugharne weekend, you can join the creative writing course for a fee of £125.

To find out more about the Laugharne weekend, visit its website and its Facebook page – and you can read this lovely article about last year's festival by Tracey Thorn from the New Statesman.



You're bursting to write, but you don’t know where to begin. This is a course to stimulate, provoke and tease those ideas out of you. We will consider ways in which you can find ideas in your own lives and the lives of others. Join our group of 16 participants to look at excerpts of fiction and do writing exercises to explore ways of expressing those ideas – with a focus on character and place. And we’ll learn about endings and editing, so that you have the skills to complete a detailed scene by the end of the course.

The course takes place across three days: Kicking off on the afternoon of Thursday 6th April, it continues through the mornings of Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The Laugharne Weekend festival events start on Friday 7 April and run through Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 April.

Thursday 6 April: 2pm - 5.30pm
Welcome, and exploring your ideas

Friday 7 April: 10am - 1pm
Creating characters in fiction

Saturday 8 April: 10am - 1pm
Finding truth in fiction; observation and descriptive writing



The fee of £200 per student covers full participation on this course (with tea, coffee and biscuits), plus a festival pass for one person allowing admission to all events in the Laugharne Weekend festival.

The fee does not cover accommodation or meals. Accommodation is available in hotels, B&Bs and cottage-rentals in and around Laugharne – further information can be found on the Laugharne Weekend's website. We strongly recommend course participants book their accommodation as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you have already bought a Laugharne Weekend festival pass, your fee to join this course will be £125. Just indicate in the form below that you already hold a ticket.

NB: the festival is already sold out and we can only guarantee festival passes for our 16 course participants. However there may be limited availability for course participants to bring a partner or friend to the Laugharne Weekend. Once you have received confirmation of your place, please email for information and help with this.

NB: The Laugharne Weekend festival events run through Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 April.



The 16 places on this course will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis – please fill in the application form. We will contact you as soon as possible to let you know if we have a place for you, and to give you the necessary information to enable you to pay. If you have any questions, please email

Places on this course are confirmed on receipt of payment. Curtis Brown Creative and the Laugharne Weekend reserve a right of refusal.

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