2329 Fiction with Kevin MacNeil and Liz Hyder, Guest Reader Michel Faber

2329 Fiction with Kevin MacNeil and Liz Hyder, Guest Reader Michel Faber

Date(s) - Mon 17th Jul - Sat 22nd Jul, 2023
All Day

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

Not Just! 


Want to push your work-in-progress to the next level? In this fun and practical course for novelists, Kevin MacNeil and Liz Hyder explore dialogue, sensory detail, pacing, and the relationship between fiction and fact. We’ll guide you through how and why excellent dialogue works, how sensory detail can be ‘not just’ immersive but persuasive, and how you can use time and pace to your advantage in your own novel. We’ll also help you to harness your imagination and find out how illusion feeds into truth along with a host of top tips. 


Liz Hyder is the author of the award-winning young adult novel Bearmouth and the acclaimed historical fiction novel, The Gifts. In 2018, she won the Moniack Mhor Emerging Writer Award and Bearmouth was published the following year, winning the Branford Boase Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Award for Older Readers. Her forthcoming historical novel, The Illusions, inspired by the overlap between early film pioneers and the golden age of magic, will be published in 2023.   


Kevin MacNeil is a leading Scottish novelist, poet, playwright and screenwriter, born and raised in the Outer Hebrides. His most recent novel, The Brilliant & Forever, was published to huge critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Saltire Fiction of the Year Award. ‘The Brilliant & Forever 2022’, a literary festival themed around the novel, took place in front of Lews Castle in August 2022.

Kevin recently edited Robert Louis Stevenson: An Anthology, Selected by Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares. Kevin has won a number of prestigious literary awards. He is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling. He invented Hai Cookery and lives with his rescue greyhound, Molly.

Visit: www.kevinmacneil.me


Michel Faber is the author of ten books including the novels The Crimson Petal and The White, Under The Skin and The Book of Strange New Things, the short story collections Some Rain Must Fall and The Fahrenheit Twins and the poetry collection Undying. His first novel for Young Adults, D (A Tale of Two Worlds) was published in 2019. He has written fiction about choirs and death metal bands, and is currently working on a non-fiction book about music that nobody likes.



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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