Courses

Bursaries are available on all courses.

Our 2018 courses were announced on 21st November. Sign up to our mailing list for updates. join the literary collective for priority booking.


  • Fiction: Janice Galloway & Richard Skinner, Guest: Gail Honeyman
    Mon 16th Jul - Sat 21st Jul
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    This course will give you a set of tools to improve your fiction writing. Alternate workshops with Janice and Richard will guide you on aspects of the tuning up process: sharpening your dialogue, editing, understanding the difference between show and tell, and dramatisation.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Young Adult SF/Fantasy: Joan Lennon & Paul Magrs, Guest: Gill Arbuthnott
    Mon 23rd Jul - Sat 28th Jul
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    Fully Booked

    Have you ever felt put off, thinking you don’t know enough about science – or fantasy – or young people – to write your own YA SF/Fantasy stories? Some of the most page-turning writing being published today is YA SF/Fantasy, and this course will help you become part of it.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Non-Fiction Tutored Retreat: Donald S Murray & Kapka Kassabova, Guest: Richard Beard
    Mon 30th Jul - Sat 4th Aug
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    What is the real-life story or specialist subject you wish to explore in writing? And what is the best form for your content? Over the course of this tutored retreat, you will be working closely with two experienced writers of narrative and themed non-fiction.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Fiction Tutored Retreat: Leila Aboulela & Rodge Glass, Guest: Alan Spence
    Mon 6th Aug - Sat 11th Aug
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    This week is an opportunity to develop your ongoing work in a supportive and inspiring environment. Whether stuck in the middle of a project, attempting to whip a messy first draft into decent shape or applying the final tweaks and polish to your manuscript, we will be on hand to offer detailed one-to-one tutorials catered for your individual needs.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • August Retreat
    Mon 13th Aug - Sat 18th Aug
    All Day
    Fully Booked

    Summer holidays can be full of activity, but not necessarily with regards to your craft. We can promise you the opportunity to focus on your writing, fuelled by fresh fruit from the garden.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Day Workshop: Poetry: Creative Memory with Jacob Polley
    Sun 19th Aug
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    Fully Booked

    Jacob’s workshop will be a mixture of reading new things – or of reading familiar things in a new light – discussion and writing.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Historical Fiction: S. G. MacLean & Andrew Taylor, Guest: Lucy Ribchester
    Mon 27th Aug - Sat 1st Sep
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    The purpose of this course is to accelerate the students’ development as writers of historical fiction.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Poetry Tutored Retreat: Jen Hadfield & William Letford, Guest: Katrina Naomi
    Mon 3rd Sep - Sat 8th Sep
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    Limited Places Available

    Whether you consider yourself a beginner, or an experienced writer, Jen and Billy will be on hand to explore your poetry, offer support, motivation, and detailed advice through one-to-one tutorials.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Short Course: Comic Writing - Mavis Cheek & Helen Lederer
    Thu 13th Sep - Sun 16th Sep
    All Day
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    Wondering how to make your readers smile or – even better – laugh out loud? Wodehouse/Weldon/Lodge/Spark. What actually makes a comic novel comic? And how can you create your own?

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Fiction: Nikesh Shukla & Diana Evans, Guest: A. L. Kennedy
    Mon 24th Sep - Sat 29th Sep
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    Do you know the feeling – you’re full of ideas, but when you sit down to write that first chapter, verse or scene, life gets in the way?

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Writing for Radio: Jessica Dromgoole & Katie Hims, Guest: Sebastian Baczkiewicz
    Mon 1st Oct - Sat 6th Oct
    5:00pm - 10:00am


    This course will cover all the things we love about writing radio plays. We’ll look at ways of coming up with an initial idea, thinking about acoustics, writing a successful first scene, the relationship between writer and producer, and the end experience of recording in the studio.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • October Retreat
    Mon 8th Oct - Sat 13th Oct
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    Fully Booked

    The longer nights can be heaven for busy writers. Expand that time by joining us for a week with little distraction, and the  permission to concentrate on your work.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Fiction Halloween Horrors: Nicholas Royle & Tom Fletcher, Guest: Lisa Tuttle
    Mon 29th Oct - Sat 3rd Nov
    5:00pm - 10:00am


    This course will explore the form and the genre and discuss some of the methods and techniques that writers have used to unsettle and frighten even the most level-headed of readers.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Picture Books: Mairi Hedderwick & Debi Gliori, Guest: Jonathan Meres
    Mon 5th Nov - Sat 10th Nov
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    Fully Booked

    On our first ever course on this specialised genre in children’s literature your tutors, who both write and illustrate their own books, will guide you through the process, with analysis of examples, historical and contemporary, ethical and trail blazing, based on their own experiences in this particular field of publishing.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Day Workshop: Poetry: Engaging the Senses with Nalini Paul
    Sun 18th Nov
    10:00am - 4:00pm


    What does the sky taste like? What landscape best describes your mood? What images appear when you hear a certain strain of music?

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • From Page to Publication: Jenny Brown & Lisa Highton, Guest: Janet Ellis
    Mon 19th Nov - Sat 24th Nov
    5:00pm - 10:00am


    This course offers a different perspective on the writing business, aiming to demystify the process and explain how publishers, agents and authors work together.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Short Course: Journalism - Chitra Ramaswamy & Peter Geoghegan
    Thu 29th Nov - Sun 2nd Dec
    All Day


    Through a wide-ranging series of workshops and writers’ surgeries, Chitra Ramaswamy and Peter Geoghegan will examine two of the most important concepts in journalism and non-fiction: the self and place.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Songwriting: Boo Hewerdine & Duke Special, Guest: Eddi Reader
    Mon 3rd Dec - Sat 8th Dec
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    Fully Booked

    In this week as well as exploring the fundamentals of songwriting we will look at how exciting a collection of related work can be.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • December Retreat
    Mon 10th Dec - Sat 15th Dec
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    Fully Booked

    Join us for a week where writing time is top priority before Christmas sets in. A manuscript polish could be the perfect treat to yourself. Mulled wine and mince pies included.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

 

 

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