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Writers in Cornwall

from community hub to private writing house the WiC project makes spaces to nourish writers beginning, emergent, and established



The Alt Haus writing space is self-contained writing house

available for writers to immerse themselves in their

creative projects for one week or longer.

It is a simple place located on the high moor of the Penwith peninsula

at the westernmost end of Cornwall - wild and raw, circled by

massive views of land and sea and sky.

The WiC project will provide fully funded one week residencies

in partnership with Literature Works, Writing West Midlands,

and The Grammarsow Project.

"The cabin feels remote enough that you could, if you wished, make a nest of your days there and really get deep into something; but also you’re only a bus ride away from the bustle of St Ives, or the cafes, pubs and independent shops of Penzance. Plenty of writerly lore, art history and geological intrigue enriches the local area, and the cabin is well-stocked with books on the matter. I completely fell in love with the flora and fauna of the moors, the sense of quiet intimacy, the infinite ferns. Rebecca ensured I felt totally welcome and was close at hand if I needed anything. I wrote loads of poems here and will remember my stay forever." Maria Sledmere, The Grammarsow 2022 poet in residence




Grief & Creative Writing groups 

for women local to Penzance, Cornwall.

Following on from their sell-out evening of

'Poetry and Conversation about Dying, Death, & Grief'

in October 2023 Rebecca Althaus and Rosie Hadden will be leading

two Grief & Creative Writing groups in the heart of Penzance.

The WiC project will be working in partnership with The Hypatia Trust,

a collaborative community hub advancing cross-platform women's equality.

Women who are grieving and new to creative writing 

will have a space to express their emotions, and an opportunity to be held

in community and to develop a sustaining writing practice.

 Funding, including childcare costs, will be

available for those on a low income. 


Rebecca Althaus


Rosie Hadden

Mez Packer


Rebecca Althaus





Mentoring for emerging women writers

local to Penzance.

The  WiC project will provide a funded opportunity

for two women coming out of the Grief & Creative Writing Groups

to develop and explore their writing over six months.

Tutor, mentor, and novelist Mez Packer will work

alongside facilitator, researcher, and poet Rebecca Althaus

to nurture the women's creative growth.

Documentation of pedagogical practice

where creative writing becomes a

tool for cultural transformation

As lead project manager for WiC

Rebecca Althaus will be documenting the lessons

learned through the project as well as building

on her existing teaching skills.

Award winning poet Mimi Khalvati, founder

of The Poetry School and international creative writing

teacher will tutor Rebecca in teaching creative writing

and in advanced poetry editing skills.

Katrina Naomi, award winning poet and mentor,

will support Rebecca in her mentoring role and

tutor her in advanced mentoring skills.


Mimi Khalvati


Katrina Naomi

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