2404 Songwriting with Kathryn Williams and Dan Willson, Guest Reader Louis Abbott

2404 Songwriting with Kathryn Williams and Dan Willson, Guest Reader Louis Abbott

Date(s) - Mon 22nd Jan - Sat 27th Jan, 2024
All Day

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

Finding and sharing your voice in song

Have you always wanted to write a song? Do you want time for writing more songs? Do you want to stretch out of your usual creative practice? 

Songwriting can be the connective way we reach out to others and also make sense of our own feelings . 

The week will be constructed with workshops and writing sessions in the morning to prepare for co-writing sessions group work. In the evenings, songwriters will perform and talk about the processes of the working day.    

All levels welcome. 

Kathryn Williams is a Liverpool-born, Mercury Music Prize-nominated singer-songwriter with 16 albums under her belt. Before her last release, Night Drives (which entered the official folk album charts straight at number 2), the label OLI celebrated her career thus far with a 20-CD, two-book box set anthology strewn with her art. Her novel The Ormering Tide debuted to critical acclaim and she hosts her own popular podcast, ‘Before the Light Goes Out’. She is a regular songwriting tutor at Arvon, Moniack Mhor, and The Writing Squad.

Edinburgh based cult-indie songwriter Withered Hand (Dan Willson) returned to the fray in 2023 with a long-awaited new album. How To Love was recorded with (Mogwai producer) Tony Doogan in Glasgow, and features guests King Creosote and Kathryn Williams (both of whom are long standing collaborators). Withered Hand broke out of Scotland’s Fence Collective music scene in 2009 releasing his acclaimed debut album Good News the same year. Willson toured Europe and North America before releasing a series of lo-fi EPs and his second album, New Gods (FortunaPop!/Slumberland Records), which was nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year 2014 (SAY Awards). His music has found favour and support from national and international radio, online and leading print publications.

Louis Linklater Abbott is the lyricist and songwriter for Glasgow-based chamber-pop band Admiral Fallow. To date the band have released four albums to critical acclaim and have been lucky enough to tour in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia since they formed in 2007. He also works as a session musician, engineer and producer and has worked with some of Scotland’s finest contemporary musicians and singers including: King Creosote, Rachel Sermanni, Karine Polwart, Eddi Reader, Kris Drever, Jo Mango, Siobhan Miller, Findlay Napier, Mike Vass, Strike the Colours and Heidi Talbot.


The full fee for this course is £695. 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, which can be booked in advance for a £50 surcharge. We will also reserve an en-suite room for anyone who may need it due to a recognised medical condition. This will be offered out as an upgrade nearer the course start date if it is not needed.

A limited number of Twin Room places are available at a discounted price of £645 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 £545 is due six weeks before the course begins. Refunds are not always available – please read our Terms & Conditions to for full details about our cancellation policy. If you would like to pay the full amount in advance, please call our booking office on 01463 592 828 or email info@moniackmhor.org.uk.

Bursaries are always available, and you also have the option to pay in instalments, see How to Book.


Please let us know in your booking form if you have any access requirements, for example a ground floor bedroom and / or access to a step-free accessible shower room. We also reserve one en-suite bedroom per course for anyone who may need this due to a recognised medical condition. For more information about access to our courses, please visit our Access page.

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

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