We specialise in residential creative writing courses. Every week we welcome a new group of individuals from Wales, the rest of the UK and beyond to our home. The group spend time together under the tutelage of professional writers, taking part in workshops and one-to-one tutorials, enjoying readings and basking in the inspirational setting of Tŷ Newydd. Participants also help in the kitchen, where homemade meals are prepared with local ingredients.
Our programme features a mix of residential courses and retreats – both in the English and Welsh language – and cover many genres, forms and styles, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, script writing, nature writing, illustration, writing for children and young adults, storytelling, yoga and more.
We choose our tutors and guest readers carefully, and welcome some of the best practitioners in their fields to Tŷ Newydd every year. Present and past tutors include Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Pascale Petit, Paula Meehan, Mark Cocker, Menna Elfyn, Patrick McGuinness, Kaite O’Reilly, Imtiaz Dharker, Niall Griffiths, Daljit Nagra and Malachy Doyle.
“Tŷ Newydd is my favourite writing centre, that’s why I keep coming back to teach there. The welcome is Welsh and warm, the house is so comfortable and the garden, sloping down to the seaview, is inspiring! It’s a home from home.” – Pascale Petit, poet 2016
Our historical house was the last home of former Prime Minister David Lloyd George. It still retains the recognisable touches implemented by architect Clough Williams-Ellis, famous for his quirky Italianate village Portmeirion, the setting of classic TV series The Prisoner and Festival No.6. Nestled in a quiet spot between mountain and sea, we’re the perfect haven to retreat to and spend some time being creative.
In addition to our open course programme, we offer bespoke courses for educational groups where we work alongside tutors and teachers in order to create a perfect course for their group.
It is also possible to hire Tŷ Newydd privately for a corporate course, a holiday, a wedding or a special occasion.
For more information, visit Tŷ Newydd’s website at: www.tynewydd.wales
Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre is run by Literature Wales.