Literary Adventures Writing Holiday Programme


At TLC Literary Adventures we want you to enjoy a writing and arts experience like no other.


September 16th – 22nd 2017

The inspiring autumnal week at Casa Ana will be led by the experienced tutor and novelist Lesley Glaister. Lesley is the author of thirteen novels, a play, and numerous short stories and radio plays. Hailed as a latter-day Daphne du Maurier by reviewers for her deft and intelligent handling of dark subjects, her writing has been shortlisted for a number of prizes including the Orange Prize and the Guardian Fiction Award. Her latest novel Little Egypt was published by Salt in 2014 and named as the Sunday Herald Book of the Year 2014. Aki Schilz, Manager of The Literary Consultancy, will also run a session on poetry, and a publishing talk to help you get to grips with some of the more practical aspects of the markets available to writers today.

For full biogs see Tutors.

The programme is designed for a maximum of twelve people, and aimed to satisfy all writers working with prose in the genres of fiction, memoir and general non-fiction. Published writers, those with a medium amount of experience, and committed beginners are all welcome. We are used to working with people at every level. We hope all attendees will find writing within our supportive environment stimulating and inspiring.

The morning workshops will offer a range of exercises in order to generate ideas, or to help focus the mind. Specific areas of the writing craft (such as dialogue, narrative voice, sense of place) will be addressed. The holiday is structured to offer attendees time and space to write alone, though writers will also have plenty of opportunity to discuss their projects with tutors on an individual basis.

Afternoon sessions will offer an informal chance to bring up questions that might have come up during the day, or simply to share creative insights. Readings by visiting guest writers are aimed to inspire.

Participants can share their work by reading aloud if they wish. Do also feel free to bring with you cherished work by other writers which you may want to share. We will also screen a film drawing on the local culture and literary tradition.

Although this is a week dedicated to prose, the tutors also love poetry and enjoy an open discussion of creative ideas. We hope to create an atmosphere of celebration and sharing of creative work.

See Location for information about Casa Ana and the setting for your holiday.

For information about fees and for booking please refer to Prices & Booking, email
or call 020 7324 2563 for further information.

Itinerary Details

You may wish to travel on under your own steam to other parts of Spain and take in a visit for example to the stunning Alhambra palace in Granada. See Travel for further information

Saturday September 16th

  • Arrive Malaga for transfer (see Travel for details).
  • Arrive Casa Ana.
  • Drinks on the terrace.
  • Brief introductory session.
  • Welcome dinner.

Sunday September 17th

  • Breakfast.
  • Workshops: introduce yourselves and your projects to each other, Lesley Glaister and Aki Schilz. Together we will set inspirational goals for the week and get going with writing exercises.
  • Lunch at Casa Ana.
  • Orientation: Anne Hunt, Casa Ana host, will introduce you to the picturesque local village, as well as the inspirational threshing circle (‘Magic Circle’), a ten minute walk away.
  • Break.
  • Informal session led by Aki Schilz in which you can discuss issues that have emerged during the day, and talk about the publishing industry.
  • Reading by Lesley Glaister.
  • Short walk to local Spanish restaurant for dinner.

Monday September 18th

  • Breakfast.
  • Writing session led by Lesley Glaister.
  • Lunch at Casa Ana.
  • Free writing time.
  • Optional poetry session with Aki Schilz.
  • Short walk to local Spanish restaurant for dinner.

Tuesday September 19th

  • Breakfast.
  • Writing session led by Lesley Glaister.
  • Lunch at Casa Ana.
  • Free writing time or optional walk in to the glorious mountain range led by Anne Hunt.
  • Film screening (on laptop) and drinks.
  • Short walk to local Spanish restaurant for dinner.

Wednesday September 20th

  • Breakfast.
  • Writing session led by Lesley Glaister.
  • Lunch at Casa Ana.
  • Free writing time or optional excursion travelling by private bus to stunning local village Capileira for shopping, cafes, and spectacular views (the private hire bus fare will incur a small extra cost).
  • Early supper in Capileira or dinner at Spanish or vegetarian restaurant for those not on excursion.
  • Return to Casa Ana.

Thursday September 21st

  • Breakfast.
  • Scheduled one-to-ones with Lesley Glaister or Aki Schilz.
  • Lunch at Casa Ana.
  • Scheduled one-to-ones.
  • Goodbye dinner at Casa Ana.
  • Optional readings by participants in the salon.

Friday September 22nd

  • Breakfast and final goodbyes.
  • Transfer back to Malaga (see Travel for details).