Courses

All our courses are listed below. Bursaries are available on all courses.

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Date/Time Course
Mon 25th Sep - Sat 30th Sep
5:00pm - 10:00am
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity

Fully Booked
Performance Poetry: Lemn Sissay & Hollie McNish, Guest: Caroline Bird

The stage can be a frightening place. It needn’t be. The nature of expression through the poems which you have carefully written are what this course is all about. We will show you how to give the words the respect they deserve by exalting them through your voice and physical presence.

Mon 2nd Oct - Sat 7th Oct
5:00pm - 10:00am
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity

Partnership Course
Songwriting with Findlay Napier & Bella Hardy

This is a partnership course. An intensive and exhilarating full-board residential course for up to 14 aspiring songwriters in a glorious rural Highland setting. Through focused self-development, as well as collaborative co-writing opportunities, Findlay and Bella will support course participants to write and record an album of new songs on site in a week, under the technical guidance of guest engineer/producer Mattie Foulds.

Sun 15th Oct
10:00am - 4:00pm
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity

Fully Booked
Fiction Day: The Art of Omission with James Robertson

In fiction, we are always being reminded that ‘less is more’, but what does this mean? How do you decide what to leave out, and what is essential?

Mon 16th Oct - Sat 21st Oct
All Day
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity

October Retreat

As the nights get longer and the leaves fall, cosy up at Moniack Mhor and get some serious writing done. There will be company of you want it, hearty meals in the evening, but most of all, time and space to concentrate on your project without any distractions.

Sat 28th Oct
9:00am - 11:00am
Templar Arts and Leisure Centre, Tarbert

Partnership Course
Fiction In A Flash at Tarbert Book Festival

A writing workshop about how to make every word count Writing very short stories – flash fiction – that are also satisfying and well-structured is no mean feat. In this two hour workshop, which is part of the 2017 Tarbert Book Festival, author, editor and creative writing tutor, Anne Hamilton, will discuss what makes good […]

Mon 30th Oct - Sat 4th Nov
5:00pm - 10:00am
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity

Limited Places Available
Short Story: Michèle Roberts & Romesh Gunesekera, Guest: David Constantine

This course for fiction writers will concentrate on how to re-draft short stories. Re-drafting is a crucial art, indispensably part of writing well. It involves recognising and building on your strengths as a writer, and takes time and practice.

Thu 16th Nov - Sun 19th Nov
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity

Only Twin Rooms Available
Short Course - Fiction: Louis de Bernières & Tim Pears, Guest: The Bookshop Band

Although writers tend to work holistically, it can be helpful to isolate and examine some of the elements of our writing. In this course, novelists Louis de Bernières and Tim Pears will foreground the writing of character, emphasising the importance of such matters as dialogue and silence, action and inaction as means of revealing the inward workings of our characters’ minds.

Mon 20th Nov - Sat 25th Nov
5:00pm - 10:00am
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity

Fully Booked
Winter Retreat

Tis the season to be writing! Come on our Winter Retreat and cosy up next to a burning stove while you work. Be inspired by the snow-filled landscapes and starry night.

Mon 4th Dec - Sat 9th Dec
5:00pm - 10:00am
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity

Limited Places Available
Songwriting: Boo Hewerdine & Edwina Hayes Guest: Findlay Napier

On this course Edwina and Boo will guide you as you work on your songwriting skills. Learn about meter, melody, lyrics, chords…. every aspect of song. Edwina and Boo will teach you the tools to allow your inspiration to be realised. On recent courses attendees have gone on to wonderful things.Songs have been recorded and […]

Mon 11th Dec - Sat 16th Dec
5:00pm - 10:00am
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity

Fully Booked
Christmas Retreat

Desperate to get that manuscript redrafted? Or that poetry collection polished off? Our Christmas Retreat is the perfect occasion to do so.

 

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