Friday 21 April 11:00 am - Sunday 23 April 5:00pm
A three-day course for writers of fiction

Do you have a big idea that you are looking for time and support to nurture? Have you started writing your novel but are looking for inspiration to take the next steps? This selected, intensive weekend of workshopping is designed for you.

Join award-winning novelist Andrew Miller over three days at Exeter Custom House. Andrew will share his expertise with the group, and share exercises and inspiration to support your writing projects. There will be time for facilitated group workshopping and feedback, along with an opportunity to gain insight into the industry and the process of being a writer. On the Saturday evening you’ll have the chance to read your work for a live-audience alongside Andrew at a Quay Voices event.

This will be the second workshop in Hothouse series at Quay Words after our successful first workshop with Monique Roffey in 2021.

Hothouse is a selected workshop programme, we select participants in order to make best use of the limited places. See below for how to apply.

About the author

Andrew Miller, award-winning author of eight novels, was born in Bristol in 1960. He studied at Middlesex Polytechnic, University of East Anglia (with Malcolm Bradbury, Rose Tremain and Lorna Sage), and at Lancaster University where he completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor David Craig. He has been awarded The James Tait Black Memorial Prize, The Grinzane Cavour, The International IMPAC and the Costa Book of the Year. His most recent novel, The Slowworm’s Song, came out with Sceptre in 2022.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for a place, please submit an expression of interest as follows:

– 1,000-word sample of your current prose writing

– 200-word statement outlining why you think the course would be of particular benefit to your writing journey.

The above should be emailed to no later than midnight on Sunday 12th March. Your submission will then be reviewed by a panel and you will be notified if you have been allocated a place by Friday 24th March, at which point you will be invited to book a place.

Costs for all three days: 

£200 full price

£100 concessions. You can read more about our concessionary categories here.

We have a limited number of bursary places available for this course. Bursary places are by application only (to They are awarded on the basis of financial need not writing ability. You can find out how to apply, here.