Courses & Mentoring

Cinnamon Press writing week at Ty'n y Coed

Our regular courses at Ty’n y Coed have become a popular fixture in the year and we are taking bookings for the spring course, to be held on 3–8 March, 2018.

Several participants in Cinnamon Press courses have gone on to have poetry collections or novels published and/or to win literary prizes – so why not join a course this year and make 2016 the year to take your writing seriously and move it to the next level?

Join Cinnamon Press founder and editor, Jan Fortune, and North Wales writer, Pete Marshall, for an inspiring week of creative writing workshops, individual mentoring and inspiration from the stunning scenery of Snowdonia in the company of a small group of writers.

  • Where? In a beautiful group of cottages at Tyn-y-coed just four miles from historic Conwy.
  • When? 4–9 November, 2017, and 3–8 March, 2018.
  • Cost? The full cost is £550 or £575 en suite. This is for a single occupancy room. There are also shared rooms for £480, but no one has to share unless you prefer this.
  • The group? The courses are aimed at those who want to move their writing to the next level, want help with work in progress or who are looking for fresh inspiration in a supportive, stimulating environment. Places always go quickly so book soon.
  • The course? The workshops will focus on making your writing come to life, whether you are working on fiction or poetry. The group will be limited in size to allow each writer two one to one mentoring sessions during the week. In addition to opportunities to share work in progress, time to write and relax, there will be a visit from a local author and the chance to explore a beautiful area of Snowdonia, using walks (or car trips for those who would prefer not to walk too far) for writing inspiration.

The tutors

Pete Marshall was born in Liverpool in 1958. He left school at 15 and since then has worked in a number of occupations ranging from soldier to social worker. His writing appears regularly in literary magazines at home and abroad. His first collection of poetry was published by the Frogmore Press in 1989. His second, In Loco Parentis, a book about child abuse and children in care was described by Peter Finch, poet and chairman of the Welsh Academi as “The best new collection of poetry I have seen in years.” In Loco Parentis will be re-issued in a new edition this autumn by Cinnamon Press. Pete’s third collection, The Vale, was written during a six months writer’s sabbatical in the Vale of Glamorgan. He has recently completed a non fiction work on children in care and has a sequence of thirteen poems, ‘Bro: A Snowdonia Sequence’ fin the Cinnamon anthology Kaleidoscope, published in June 2011. His fourth poetry collection, Agog, was published by Cinnamon in 2011. Pete is a member of Academi’s Writers on Tour scheme. He is married with three children and lives on a traditional Welsh smallholding in the Conwy Valley. He has an MA in creative writing from the University of Wales Bangor.

Jan Fortune read theology at Cambridge and has a PhD in feminist theology and an MA in creative writing. She has taught creative writing for the Open College of Art, The Writer’s House, the Arvon Foundation Women on Tour, Ty’n y Coed and Abri, and does mentoring work as part of the co-operative, Triskele Writes and for Cinnamon Press. As founder and editor at Cinnamon Press, she has edited over 160 books and helped many writers toward publication. Her books include novels, A Good Life, Dear Ceridwen, The Standing Ground and Coming Home, and poetry collections, Particles of Life and Stale Bread and Miracles. She is currently working on a poetry sequence exploring emotions through the landscape and architecture of an abandoned slate mining village, in conjunction with poet Mavis Gulliver, who is writing about the Scottish slate islands, and a novel that ranges across three generations and two continents, exploring issues of metamorphosis and identity, I’m Still Here. Jan lives in North Wales.

Writer in Residence

Adam Craig is a writer, graphic designer, photographer, and writing mentor/tutor, whose first novel, Vitus Dream, uses prose, techniques borrowed from poetry, and graphics to tell a multi-layered story of loss and renewal. He is also the author of a prose poetry sequence, Year W, a short story collection, High City Walk, which was short-listed for a Saboteur Award, and a second novel, In Dreams the Minotaur Appears Last, which examines belief and memory.


A book form and full details can be obtained from Jan and booking by cheque with the deposit of £100 to ‘Cinnamon Press’ or by bank transfer.