Date(s) - Mon 3rd Apr - Sat 8th Apr, 2023
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh
This course is designed for writers wanting or willing to begin afresh. You might have a project in hand and want to give it new impetus and life, or you might be prepared to start again from scratch. In open and supportive sessions, Jane Feaver and Michael Donkor will share their experience of creating believable and functioning fictional worlds. Through discussion, literary examples and the experimentation of workshop exercises, you will be encouraged to consider some of the key approaches and techniques of fiction writing – character, place and setting, scene-making, point of view, feeling-into-words – learning how to foster your powers of attention and acquiring insight on and renewed energy for your writing.
Jane Feaver is a novelist and short story writer. According to Ruth (Harvill Secker, 2007), was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and the Dimplex Prize; Love Me Tender (Harvill Secker, 2009) was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Crazy (Corsair, 2021) is her latest novel. She works part-time as Editor at Large in the Poetry Department at Faber and is an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths.
Michael Donkor studied English at Wadham College, Oxford and then undertook a Masters in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. The Observer named him as one of 2018’s best debut authors for his first novel Hold (4th Estate) and in 2019, he was longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. He reviews for the Guardian and is judging this year’s Betty Trask Prize.
Guy Gunaratne is a novelist based between London and Malmö. Their first novel In Our Mad and Furious City won the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Jhalak Prize and the Authors’ Club Prize in 2019. It was also shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and longlisted for the Booker Prize, as well as the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. Guy was installed as the Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge (2019 – 2022). They have also served on literary prize judging panels including the Goldsmiths Prize (2019) and the Rathbones Folio Prize (2023). Their second novel Mister, Mister will be published in 2023.
The full fee for this course is £650. This includes your accommodation in a single room with shared bathroom, all meals, hot drinks and snacks from Monday afternoon until Saturday morning, and your tuition. For more information about the practicalities of our courses and retreats, please visit our About the Courses page.
A limited number of en-suite rooms are available for a £50 surcharge, and a limited number of Twin Room places are available at a discounted price of £600 per person. When booking a Twin Room place, please tell us in the comments box which gender you are and which gender(s) you are comfortable sharing a room with. This information will remain confidential.
A deposit is required to secure your place, which is non-refundable after a 14-day cooling-off period. The balance payment of £500 is due six weeks before the course begins. If you would like to pay the full amount earlier than this or at the point of booking, please call our booking office on 01463 592 828 or email email@example.com.
Please let us know if you have any access requirements, for example a ground floor bedroom and / or access to a wheelchair-accessible shower room. For more information about access to our courses, please visit our Access page.
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