Finca el Cerrillo re-opening (at last) Autumn 2021!

7 day Writing Holiday at Finca El Cerrillo Spring/Summer

What to expect...

  • Space in which to write, relax, escape...
  • Guidance, advice and motivation from experienced creative writing tutor, mentor, and best-selling author (Jan Henley/ Rosanna Ley)
  • Friendly and constructive group workshop sessions in air-conditioned studio
  • Buffet breakfast, 2 course lunch, 3 course dinner – sometimes at local restaurants - delicious cuisine; tea and coffee also provided.
  • A warm welcome from finca hosts Gordon & Sue who - with Jan - will look after you during your stay.
  • Internet access in all rooms
  • Free transfers to local restaurants and return from Malaga airport to the hotel.

Feedback from previous writing holidays in Spain

“Beyond perfect.”
“The best group holiday I’ve ever been on. I enjoyed every moment.”
“I hadn’t written anything for months. During this week I started writing again. I was inspired. Thank you so much.”
“The food was lovely, the surroundings beautiful and the course inspirational. Better than any ‘holiday’.”
“Jan is a warm and enthusiastic tutor who is able to create a supportive, working group. I loved every minute.”
“Brilliant.” “Please may I come again?”

The writing course

The course is ideal for those working on a writing project and needing some uninterrupted writing time in order to focus and get some editorial feedback, and also for writers who are looking for the motivation or ideas to begin a writing project. Beginners and more experienced writers are all welcome!

The group will be a maximum of 13. We meet in the morning for writing motivation exercises designed not only to source new ideas but also to develop more depth in existing work. Every day there will be a particular theme and writing issue to focus on but participants are also invited to bring their own writing questions to the table. Late afternoon we meet again to share work and constructive feedback and discuss writing issues that may have emerged during the day. The rest of the time is free for individual writing and Jan will be available to read your work and discuss it with you individually during the week.

There will be a free day mid-week when there will be an optional excursion organised for example to Malaga old town or Nerja on the coast. If you prefer to stay at the finca and write/ relax, that’s fine too.

Your Tutor

Jan Henley (also known as Rosanna Ley, author of The Villa, Bay of Secrets, The Lemon Tree Hotel and other books published by Quercus) has written numerous magazine articles, stories, and 20 novels of contemporary women's fiction, published in the U.K and thirteen countries abroad. She holds a BA in arts and literary analysis and an M.A. in creative writing for personal development. She is an experienced creative writing tutor and has run her own manuscript appraisal service as well as working as a reader for another top literary consultancy agency.

Rosanna Ley

Fully catered package (2020 prices)

7 nights in a spacious en-suite room with air-con

7 breakfasts, 6 light lunches, 7 three course dinners - some at local restaurants

Tea and coffee making facilities in all rooms

Airport and restaurant transfers.

Unlimited use of air-conditioned Studio.

Sharing: €725 per person

single occupancy: €900 per person (includes single supplement)

Writing course: - £185

Non-participating partner: £35 (we welcome partners/ friends who are not participating in the writing course; there are facilities at the hotel for painting/ walking activities or you can simply relax on a terrace or by the pool)

This package assumes that all participants will arrive at Malaga airport at a similar time to share an airport transfer. (The hotel can organise private taxis to meet other flights if required but at the clients’ expense.)

What is not included?

Almost everything is provided. The following items are not included:
Flights, Travel Insurance, Drinks, any excursion costs, 1 lunch midweek (on the free day).

For further information and how to book a place

Please contact Jan by email on There are only 13 places available in all. Book early to avoid disappointment!