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How to Book a Place for the 2024 Writers' Summer School

Please note:  ​​

  • We cannot guarantee an allocation of specific rooms or specific areas of the Hayes accommodation and we will not be made aware of available rooms/areas until a few weeks before the School.


Please provide as much information as possible on your mobility/health requirements regarding your room so we may allocate one best suited to your needs.


Rooms can only be prioritised on a health basis and not on preference for a particular location, room or view.

Please read our Terms & Conditions before finalising your booking.


We strongly recommend that you take out travel/holiday insurance to cover potential loss arising from cancellation or any other eventuality which could affect your booking.

Prices and How to Book
Either book online:
or download booking forms:
.docx (MS Word) formats  
.pdf formats

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

All prices are inclusive of all meals, break-time refreshments, lectures, courses, workshops, groups and entertainment. The only extra is your drinks from the bar.

Types of ticket available

En-suite Accommodation                              

Full price £825
Available from 1st February 2024

Part-Time Accommodation                                 

Variable - see below for further details

Available from May 2024

Day Visitors

Variable - see below for further details

Available from May 2024

TopWrite Applications for writers aged 18-30   


Open from 1st November 2023 - 31st May 2024

Optional Extras

Lakeside Plus Upgrade                                                

£35  - Supplementary Payment (and subject to availability) 

Please request at the time of booking


Return Coach from Derby Rail Station               

Price £30 (see below for further details)

Available to book from 1st December 2023

One to One Specialist Sessions                           

£30 each (see below for further details)

Part-time Attendance

The rate is the same for all accommodation areas and covers from morning coffee up to and including breakfast the following morning. Specific accommodation is not guaranteed.

Please note that Part-time bookings are only available from 1st May 2024 and are subject to room availability.


Please contact the Treasurer (see below) after main booking opens on 1st January and provide details of your intended booking. You will be added to a list and contacted as soon as part-time booking opens. However, please note, this does not guarantee a part-time booking.

Day Visitors                                        
Day visitors are welcome to attend from 9am to 11pm (4pm to 11pm Saturday).

A half-day option at £72 is available, either from 9am to 4pm (AM) or 4pm to 11pm (PM), Sunday-Thursday.

You may wish to contact the Treasurer before booking.
Return Coach from Derby Rail Station                       
We provide a return coach from Derby Midland mainline station to the Hayes. The fare is non-refundable and can be booked separately from accommodation. Travel times are 3:45pm from Derby Midland railway station to The Hayes Conference Centre on Saturday, 10th August, returning at 9.15am on Friday, 16th August. Journey time is around half an hour, traffic permitting.
One to One Specialist Sessions      
A list of specialist tutors offering this service can be found from this link:


You can select from the list either before booking your place or afterwards. You can book up to three specialist one to one specialist sessions per person. One to one specialist sessions can only be booked once you have secured your place at the 2024 School. 

Any request for multiple sessions with the same tutor will be recorded and awarded subject to availability after 30th June. Refunds will be given should your request be unfulfilled, or you can choose another available tutor.
Booking Options
You can book and pay online by Debit or Credit card.

Please contact the Treasurer for additional methods of payment, including by instalments. 

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