Residential Courses and Retreats

A special occasion

It is thirty years since Moniack Mhor opened its doors, welcoming our first poetry course in 1993 with Liz Lochhead, Roger McGough and guest, the late Aonghas MacNeacail. Once a working croft of cattle barn and cottage, the buildings fell into disrepair in the 60s, until it was discovered by Kit and Sophia Fraser in 1991.

After a 24-hour fundraising poethon, lots of letters to trusts and foundations, nearly two years of restoration and many invites to novelists, poets, playwrights and many more, the centre began its new life as a creative hub for writers.  It’s with huge admiration for the literary community that they invested their time and energy in the early years to make the centre what it is today, that we venture forth into our 30th year.

From 17th May 2023 to 16th May 2024, we’ll be celebrating this milestone year in as many ways as we can, so look out for more stories, memories, special courses and events on our website, blog, and social media networks.

Residential Courses & Retreats

  • 2431 Writing Parenthood with Lucy Caldwell and Kerri ní Dochartaigh
    2431 Writing Parenthood with Lucy Caldwell and Kerri ní Dochartaigh
    Mon 29th Jul - Sat 3rd Aug
    Fully Booked

    In this course, which can include childcare, we will explore what it means to write contemporary motherhood in fiction and non-fiction, in all of its blood, guts, despair, sublimity, and soul. There are options for attendance on this course.


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  • 2432 Life-Writing: Memoir and Memory with Ali Millar and Kat Lister, Guest Reader Dr Akira O'Connor
    2432 Life-Writing: Memoir and Memory with Ali Millar and Kat Lister, Guest Reader Dr Akira O’Connor
    Mon 5th Aug - Sat 10th Aug
    Fully Booked

    Navigate the Fallible Past: Kat Lister and Ali Millar will explore memoir and memory, and where the two intersect, tackling the big question – can a writer trust such a capricious source?


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  • 2434 Poetry: Nature and Poetry with Alycia Pirmohamed and Genevieve Carver, Guest Reader Tim Tim Cheng
    2434 Poetry: Nature and Poetry with Alycia Pirmohamed and Genevieve Carver, Guest Reader Tim Tim Cheng
    Mon 19th Aug - Sat 24th Aug

    How do we engage with the non-human world? How do our own personal histories intersect with our experiences in nature? In this course we will explore how environment, place and wildlife can inform our poetry.


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  • 2435 Late August Retreat
    2435 Late August Retreat
    Mon 26th Aug - Sat 31st Aug
    Fully Booked

    The fields around Moniack Mhor are rich and golden with the fullness of summer now, ready for harvest. Join us this August to gather your own words and reap the writing magic.


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  • 2439 September Retreat
    2439 September Retreat
    Mon 23rd Sep - Sat 28th Sep
    Fully Booked

    ‘If I were a bird I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns.’ Fly your writing to Moniack Mhor amid the glow of the changing season, as the hills and woodland above Loch Ness turn to bronze.


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  • 2440 Playwriting: Honing Your Voice with Ella Hickson and Al Smith, Guest Reader Douglas Maxwell
    2440 Playwriting: Honing Your Voice with Ella Hickson and Al Smith, Guest Reader Douglas Maxwell
    Mon 30th Sep - Sat 5th Oct

    This course is aimed at new and developing writers; you’ll be discussing structure, form and voice and focusing on how to apply those concepts to your work.


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  • 2441 Songwriting: Connections with Boo Hewerdine and  Hafdís Huld, Guest Reader Xan Tyler
    2441 Songwriting: Connections with Boo Hewerdine and Hafdís Huld, Guest Reader Xan Tyler
    Mon 7th Oct - Sat 12th Oct
    Fully Booked

    Join us for a week of creating new songs and connecting with other songwriters. This week will explore songwriting, as both individuals and also through the joy of collaboration, and the unexpected creative treasures that come from trying something new.


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  • 2442 Fiction: Writing Different with Cynan Jones and Samantha Harvey, Guest Reader Alan Warner
    2442 Fiction: Writing Different with Cynan Jones and Samantha Harvey, Guest Reader Alan Warner
    Mon 14th Oct - Sat 19th Oct

    Sometimes, writing requires an unconventional approach. Challenge common ideas about narrative, language, and other vital elements. This course will focus on the ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘whether you should’ of writing differently.


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  • 2444 Creative Non-Fiction: Writing From Life with Adam Farrer and Miranda France, Guest Reader Alice Jolly
    2444 Creative Non-Fiction: Writing From Life with Adam Farrer and Miranda France, Guest Reader Alice Jolly
    Mon 28th Oct - Sat 2nd Nov

    Drawing on a range of examples, we’ll explore ways to write freely and imaginatively about your own and other other people’s experience.


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  • 2446 Tutored Retreat Poetry: Reading Spaces with Nii Parkes and Hannah Lowe, Guest Reader Jacob Sam-La Rose
    2446 Tutored Retreat Poetry: Reading Spaces with Nii Parkes and Hannah Lowe, Guest Reader Jacob Sam-La Rose
    Mon 11th Nov - Sat 16th Nov

    During this week, we want to explore being more deliberate about the wordless element of poems – the spaces. What role do they play, what roles can they play, and how can we be intentional about our use of spaces in poetry – whether in terms of form, syntax or pace?


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  • 2447 Writing Climate - Open Form: Writing Towards the Great Turning with Monique Roffey and Owen Sheers, Guest Reader Charlie Hertzog-Young
    2447 Writing Climate – Open Form: Writing Towards the Great Turning with Monique Roffey and Owen Sheers, Guest Reader Charlie Hertzog-Young
    Mon 18th Nov - Sat 23rd Nov

    In this open-form course we explore what ecologically informed and engaged writing looks like. And what, if anything, can our writing contribute to the challenge of what Joanna Macy calls ‘the Great Turning’ – a turning towards nature, an era of peace, justice and environmental restoration.


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  • 2448 Writing for YA: Turning Ideas into Stories with Melvin Burgess and Emily Barr, Guest Reader Liz Flanagan
    2448 Writing for YA: Turning Ideas into Stories with Melvin Burgess and Emily Barr, Guest Reader Liz Flanagan
    Mon 25th Nov - Sat 30th Nov

    This week is designed to help you with the entire process of writing for young people, from turning original ideas into full length story ideas, through structuring, polishing and editing your work to completion.


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  • 2449 Tutored Retreat: Immerse Yourself in Your Writing with Zoë Strachan and Louise Welsh, Guest Reader Tendai Huchu
    2449 Tutored Retreat: Immerse Yourself in Your Writing with Zoë Strachan and Louise Welsh, Guest Reader Tendai Huchu
    Mon 2nd Dec - Sat 7th Dec
    Fully Booked

    This week-long tutored retreat offers an opportunity to focus intensively on a work-in-progress: any kind of prose writing welcome!


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  • 2450 December Retreat
    2450 December Retreat
    Mon 9th Dec - Sat 14th Dec
    Fully Booked

    Winter can be a time of rest and reflection. This December, under a waxing moon, take a moment of stillness by the fireside. Just you and your words, cooried in by stone walls that have nurtured many a story.


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Radical Care Retreats with Childcare

Following the success of our 2022 Radical Care Retreats with Childcare, Moniack Mhor are currently developing plans for future delivery of a similar retreat with childcare support.  If this is something you would like to know more about, please email us to register your interest on radicalcare@moniackmhor.org.uk

 

 

 

 

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