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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.
With Amy Rosenthal, Mark Rosenblatt and Ella Hickson. What makes a cracking piece of theatre? How do you find your voice as a playwright? How might you begin to think about story, action and plot? How can character and location inform your ideas? In a course aimed at new and developing writers, we’ll look at these questions and more, exploring dramatic structure and how to work it to your advantage, balancing craft with inspiration, and taking your play from first to final draft.
Made to Measure Mentoring, Moniack Mhor’s new programme offers a bespoke approach to mentoring. Put simply, it supports writers at every level of ability and at every stage of writing.
ONLINE: MIAM CRIME
From concept to conclusion, we’ll learn about the building blocks and tools you need to write your novel. On this course, we’ll look at developing plot, character, place and pace to make your story sing– plus you’ll get an exclusive ‘Cop Clinic’ - an insider’s guide into what makes the polis tick! Remember, there is light and dark in everyone…
ONLINE: GAELIC WORKSHOP
Improve your Gaelic Fluency through telling Tales of the Fianna. Thoir feabhas air do chuid Gàidhlig tro aithris Sgeulachdan na Fèinne.
Drawing from the corpus of Fianna tales in Scottish Gaelic, tutor Ruairidh Maclean will guide you through a series of three 1-hour virtual sessions to tell your own 5 minute Gaelic story.
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In this engaging course led by Jen Hadfield and Ryan Van Winkle, you’ll create dozens of new poems and develop a sustainable writing practice. Suitable for poets of all levels of confidence, we’ll offer prompts and exercises guaranteed to get your pen moving and keyboards clicking. You’ll explore how active reading of contemporary poetry can become a vital part of your creative practice, and develop your own poetic intuition: enquiring into what makes a poem a poem, how form works, and the role silence may play in poetry.