2326 Writing for Young Adults with Lucy Christopher and Anthony McGowan, Guest Reader Priscilla Mante

2326 Writing for Young Adults with Lucy Christopher and Anthony McGowan, Guest Reader Priscilla Mante

Date(s) - Mon 26th Jun - Sat 1st Jul, 2023
All Day

Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT

Finding your teenage voice in your fiction


Writing young adult fiction is adventurous, challenging, skilful and above all, hugely enjoyable. Whether you’re new to writing the teenage voice, or already have a YA novel well under way, these experienced, award-winning tutors will guide you through the joys and challenges of engaging readers on the verge of adulthood. Come with curiosity and respect for this amazing and experimental form of fiction as well as the desire for some serious writing play. You’ll leave with a new understanding of the form, voice and flexibility of young adult fiction, and with new friends and contacts in the field. 

Lucy Christopher is a multi-award-winning and bestselling writer for young adults, children, and adults. Her work is psychological and emotional, and often inspired by wild places. Her YA novels are published in over twenty countries and have won a Printz Honor Award, the Branford Boase Award, an International Reading Award and have been short-listed for the Costa Book Prize, the Waterstones Prize, the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and the Australian Prime Minister’s Awards. For many years she was Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, where she was also Course Director for the renowned MA in Writing for Young People. She now works as Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing for the University of Tasmania. 

Anthony McGowan has written highly acclaimed and award-winning fiction and non-fiction for adults, teenagers and younger children. His work includes the YA novels Hellbent, Henry Tumour, The Knife That Killed Me, I Am the Minotaur, and the four novellas that make up The Truth of Things, including Rook, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie medal in 2018, and Lark which won the Carnegie in 2020. He has also written the Bare Bum Gang series for 7-10 year olds, and Einstein’s Underpants (shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2010) and The Donut Diaries series for 9-12s. His most recent novel is Dogs of the Deadlands, a Times children’s book of the week in October 2022. 

Anthony has taught creative writing courses at London Metropolitan University, Royal Holloway, St Mary’s University College, the Arvon Foundation, and, for the past 12 years, at the Faber Academy.   

Priscilla Mante is a London based author from Glasgow who writes stories for both adults and children about brave girls and women who challenge the status quo.  She is the author of The Dream Team, a children’s book series about girls football, friendship and following your dreams. Her debut Jaz Santos vs the World (Puffin) was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Children’s Sports Books Award 2022, and was the Rocketship bookshop Book of the Year 2021. The second title in the series Charligh Green vs the Spotlight was published in May 2022. 



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 info@moniackmhor.org.uk.


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.


This event is fully booked. Please email info@moniackmhor.org.uk to be added to the waiting list.

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