Courses

Bursaries are available on all courses.

To view our previous courses at Moniack Mhor please visit – https://www.moniackmhor.org.uk/view-programme/

  • May Retreat
    Mon 30th May - Sat 4th Jun
    Limited Places Available

    As the temperatures become more mild, head to the hills to take stock of your work and refocus your writing.


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  • Fiction: Find Your Way Through Your Novel with Ajay Close & James Robertson, Guest Ewan Morrison
    Mon 6th Jun - Sat 11th Jun
    Fully Booked

    Do you have a novel in your head but not much of it down on paper yet? Or do you have plenty of words but you’re losing sight of the compelling novel you set out to write? This course will help you get back on track.


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  • Midsummer Retreat
    Mon 20th Jun - Sat 25th Jun
    Fully Booked

    Long, light nights here in the Highlands in the middle of summer create a wonderfully energised atmosphere for reflection and writing. Immerse yourself in the bright hills of Moniack Mhor and make the most of the summer solstice.


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  • Writing and Walking with Madeleine Bunting & Chris Stewart, Guest Neil Ansell
    Mon 27th Jun - Sat 2nd Jul
    Fully Booked

    Taking advantage of Moniack Mhor’s beautiful setting, this course will take you out into the hills and glens around the centre, using the landscape and local history to inspire some great new writing.


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  • Poetry: Where Do Poems Come From? with Katharine Towers & Niall Campbell, Guest Romalyn Ante
    Mon 11th Jul - Sat 16th Jul
    Fully Booked

    Katharine and Niall will share their writing experience and help you find strategies to write your truth and make it compelling to the reader.


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  • Fiction: Experimentation and Getting (back) to the Writing with Elizabeth Reeder & Beatrice Hitchman, Guest Mahsuda Snaith
    Mon 18th Jul - Sat 23rd Jul

    Wherever you are in your Fiction project, this course will help you take small (or maybe bold) steps to generate ideas, connections and energy and to love the writing (again).


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  • Picture Books: Where Imagery and Stories Meet, with David Melling & Vivian French, Guest Ross Collins
    Mon 25th Jul - Sat 30th Jul
    Limited Places Available

    Believable characters, a strong story, emotion, continuity and settings are all important when creating a picture book for children. This course will give you tips, techniques, professional advice and encourage experimentation.


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  • Professional Writers' Retreat with Childcare
    Mon 1st Aug - Sat 6th Aug

    This year, we are delighted to offer a retreat with childcare.  With summer in full swing, we want to offer writers with caring responsibilities to be able to have the space and time to think and write.  


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  • Songwriting with Boo Hewerdine & Findlay Napier, Guest Jenny Sturgeon
    Mon 8th Aug - Sat 13th Aug
    Fully Booked

    Findlay Napier and Boo Hewerdine write songs from observations and real life experience. During this week long course, you too, can learn the power of turning narrative into song. You’ll spend the week honing your writing skills, starting from the very basics to well-crafted, finished pieces.


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  • August Retreat
    Mon 15th Aug - Sat 20th Aug
    Fully Booked

    Think, reflect and write from Monday to Saturday and give your work-in-the-progress the attention it deserves.


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  • Essay / Non-Fiction with Tabitha Lasley & Peter Ross, Guest Gavin Francis
    Mon 29th Aug - Sat 3rd Sep
    Fully Booked

    The essay is a broad and rich literary form that can articulate and explore ideas, experiences, emotions and the everyday. This course will cover a range of techniques and issues, drawing upon examples of fine work from across decades.


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  • Life Writing with Richard Skinner & Vesna Goldworthy, Guest Rupert Thomson
    Mon 5th Sep - Sat 10th Sep
    Limited Places Available

    The genre of life writing is bigger and broader than ever. This course will look at the many and diverse ways you can write about your life or other peoples’.


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  • Autumn Solstice Retreat
    Mon 19th Sep - Sat 24th Sep
    Fully Booked

    Join us for an uninterruped writing week at Moniack Mhor during the Autumn Solstice light. Take the time and space you need to get your thoughts going and your words flowing.


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  • Tutored Fiction Retreat With Gillian Slovo & Kamila Shamsie, Guest Jenny Brown
    Mon 26th Sep - Sat 1st Oct
    Fully Booked

    This tutored retreat, most suited to people who have a work in progress, will give you time to write and meet with fellow writers, and also time to discuss your ideas with Gillian and Kamila.


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  • Emerging Writers' Tutored Retreat with Childcare
    Mon 17th Oct - Sat 22nd Oct

    In this unique week-long course, dedicated tutors will be on hand to help you with your writing. Childcare support will be provided by the team at Abriachan Forest.  


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  • Gothic Fiction with CJ Cooke & Natasha Pulley, Guest Andrew Michael Hurley
    Mon 24th Oct - Sat 29th Oct
    Limited Places Available

    Want to write fiction that sends shivers up the spine? How about mastering the important art of suspension of disbelief? Take your writing to the next level with award-winning gothic novelists CJ and Natasha .


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  • End of October Retreat
    Mon 31st Oct - Sat 5th Nov
    Limited Places Available

    Give yourself the time and space you need to read, reflect and write – in the beautiful surrounding of Moniack Mhor, with delicious food, beautiful views and like-minded company.


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  • Memoir with Chitra Ramaswamy & Colin Grant, Guest Cathy Rentzenbrink
    Mon 14th Nov - Sat 19th Nov
    Fully Booked

    In this practical and immersive course on the art of writing memoir, Chitra Ramaswamy and Colin Grant will guide you through the process of constructing your story, offering tips and hacks on voice, structure, and what to leave in and take out when telling the story of your life.


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  • Songwriting with Kenny Anderson & Emily Barker, Guest Emma Pollock
    Mon 21st Nov - Sat 26th Nov
    Fully Booked

    Join Kenny Anderson, known better under his stage name King Creosote, and Emily Barker for an inspired week in the hills full of song, discussion, writing, imagination and a visit from special guest Emma Pollock.


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  • Eco-poetics with Jen Hadfield and James Goodman, Guest visit from Guillemot Press
    Mon 28th Nov - Sat 3rd Dec
    Fully Booked

    We’ll explore ideas of home, where human meets wild, and the wild in us, poetic strategies for processing loss and fear, and universal and overwhelming experience.


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  • Early December Retreat
    Mon 5th Dec - Sat 10th Dec

    Don your jumpers and join us here on the hill for some guilt-free time to read, reflect and write before the Christmas rush.


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  • Christmas Retreat
    Mon 12th Dec - Sat 17th Dec
    Limited Places Available

    As Christmas approaches, join us for a festive retreat to cosy up to wood-burning stoves and twinkling tree lights as you relax and allow your writing to take centre stage.


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