As featured in The Times Top 50 Holidays in Spain (February 2014)


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Creative Writing at Casa Ana

Casa Ana is an inspiring place to write, with courses and retreats available throughout the year. Give yourself time and space for your writing, with support from expert tutors and mentors, whilst we at Casa Ana pamper you with home comforts, wonderful cooking and good company in a stunning environment.


Newsflash: We are pleased to announce that Casa Ana is sponsoring the 2017 Fish Short Memoir Contest. For more details see

Courses and retreats in 2017

A Space to Write:

Constructing Story with Mary-Jane Holmes

7 – 14 October 2017


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 for more information.

Writing Retreats

15 – 29 November 2017

28 February – 14 March 2018

13 – 27 June 2018

25 July – 8 August 2018

14 – 28 November 2018


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 Nicholas McLachlan are the resident mentors on these retreats, offering optional individual sessions and group readings.

See Writing Retreats for more information.

Literary Adventures in Spain

16 – 22 September 2017


An associated event run by The Literary Consultancy, London.

See for more information.

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