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Moniack Mhor is Scotland’s National Writing Centre. Based in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, we run courses in a range of genres tutored by some of the finest authors in the UK and beyond. With workshops and one to one tutorials, our courses provide an atmosphere to fully immerse yourself in your writing. The centre also offers writing retreats providing time and space, free from distractions, where you will find yourself part of a nurturing writing community. Other support offered by Moniack Mhor includes awards, bursaries, professional residencies to develop works in progress and a programme for young writers.
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2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist Series.......Robin Robertson – a Scot exiled in London for most of his life – will explain how this Grimoire came to be, and why it’s subtitled New Scottish Folk Tales. Primarily, though, this will be a chance to hear him reading these poems.
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MONIACK IN A MONTH: YA
Moniack in a Month: Writing for Young Adults with Melvin Burgess
Turning Ideas into Books
Getting that initial idea is just the beginning – after that, your novel needs to be built. In this course we will cover a number of the skills necessary to help you do that, focusing in particular on that most tricky of them all – structuring your novel so that it does the job you want it to.
MONIACK MHOR TEA BREAK
2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist Series......Elizabeth Reeder talks about the pleasure and importance of experimentation and play when you’re trying to figure out how to tell your stories.
LIVE ONLINE TALK
2020 Highland Book Prize Longlist Series - How to find a story in history
Elizabeth Gifford will talk about finding story structure in past true events, and in doing so, how to stay true to history. Within this she will explore, how many liberties can a historical novelist take or not take. She will also discuss evoking place and setting.