Guests are invited to submit a draft feature (with photos if available) prior to the event for feedback and discussion during the workshops. The workshops will examine attention-grabbing openings, middle structures and satisfying endings, the all-important box-outs and side-panel information, and consider ways to extract more ideas for different markets on the same topic.

Course Organiser

Name: Writers’ Holiday



Course Venue

The Fishguard Bay Hotel, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire

Course Breakdown

Friday 23rd February 2018

Arrival, and settle into your room.

Meet the tutors.


Entertainment provided by the Cwmbach Male Voice Choir


Saturday 24th February 2018

Workshop 1 – Feature and market analysis. What is a feature? Where are the markets? Tailoring your feature ideas to those markets.

Workshop 2 – Read-around of delegates’ own work (submitted prior to weekend). Discussion of target markets – and alternative/additional markets.

Workshop 3 – Minding the middle. Planning your feature’s middle – where the substance of your feature will be found.

Workshop 4 – Beginnings and Endings. Top and tailing your feature to grab your readers’ attention and leave them satisfied.

Sunday 25th February 2018

Workshop 5 – Feature peripherals: photos, fact boxes and further information panels.

Workshop 6 – Pitching feature ideas to editors – how, what and when to pitch.

Delegate Submission of Work Prior To Course

To get the most from this weekend course it would help if delegates could submit a feature they’ve written that they’d like to send to a publication. If your feature includes photographs these can be submitted too. Please use the Contact Form to ask how to send this material to me prior to the course. Ideally, submissions should be received by 16th February 2018.


Residential £229 – Day delegates £139 (day delegates get everything, except the bed!)


To book your place, please contact Writers’ Holiday:

Course Content Query

If you have any queries concerning the content of the course, please feel free to drop me an email via the Contact page ( and I’ll try to answer as quickly as possible.