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Casa Ana Creative Writing Programme

Courses and Retreats throughout the year.

Programme director: Mary-Jane Holmes.


At Casa Ana you'll find:

  • Quiet time and quiet space for your writing
  • Professional tuition and mentoring of a high standard
  • An inspiring environment free of distractions
  • Comfortable accommodation and wonderful cooking
  • The warmth and light of Andalucia


Newsflash: Mary-Jane Holmes, director of the Casa Ana Creative Writing Programme, has won the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize, judged by poet Lemn Sissay


NEW: Novel writing

6 - 13 July 2019


See Novel Writing for more information.


A Space to Write: Poetry

2 – 9 November 2019


A week-long course on poetry writing with 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize winner Mary-Jane Holmes.

See A Space to Write: Poetry for more information.


A Space to Write: Constructing Story

13 – 20 October 2018

12 – 19 October 2019


A week-long course practising the craft of writing. Tutor Mary-Jane Holmes will cover elements including the creation of story, plot, dialogue, characterisation and more, in the inspiring and tranquil surroundings of Casa Ana. Perfect if you have always wanted to start writing or if you want to expand your knowledge of craft and technique.

See A Space to Write: Constructing Story for more information.

Writing Retreats

16 – 23 March 2019

8 – 22 June 2019

27 July – 10 August 2019

16 – 30 November 2019


Spend a week or two focusing exclusively on your writing in the company of other writers and in inspiring surroundings. Ideal if you want to start a new project, work on a novel or poetry or a short story, or edit your works in progress. Mary-Jane Holmes and guest mentors are resident on these retreats, offering optional individual sessions and group readings.

See Writing Retreats for more information.


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