2406 Fiction with Ross Raisin and Kim Sherwood, Guest Reader Ron Butlin

2406 Fiction with Ross Raisin and Kim Sherwood, Guest Reader Ron Butlin

Date(s) - Mon 5th Feb - Sat 10th Feb, 2024
All Day

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

Finishing Your Novel

Reaching the end of your novel can feel like an uphill climb after running a marathon. This week will provide you with the map, compass and headlamp you need to get it done, helping you find your way and illuminating those tricky stumbling blocks. Through a series of workshops – targeted to help you redraft from a fresh perspective, edit with purpose, work out where revisions might be necessary, hone your character arc and your story structure – together with one-to-one consultations with your tutors to discuss the particulars of your own work, this course will provide you with the productive space, encouragement and expert know-how to spur you to the finishing line.


Ross Raisin is the author of four novels: A Hunger (2022), A Natural (2017), Waterline (2011) and God’s Own Country (2008). His work has won and been shortlisted for over ten literary awards. He won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award in 2009, and in 2013 was named on Granta’s once a decade Best of Young British Novelists list. In 2018 he was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Society of Literature. Since 2010, Ross has taught an in-demand 6-week fiction course for the Guardian Masterclass programme; he also teaches at the University of Leeds and, as a writer-in-residence, for the education charity First Story. Find more on Ross, his books and teaching here.

Kim Sherwood is an author and creative writing lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, where she lives in the city. Kim Sherwood’s first novel, Testament (2018), won the Bath Novel Award and Harper’s Bazaar Big Book Award. It was longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize and shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Pick. In 2019, she was shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Her second book, Double or Nothing (2022), is the first in a trilogy commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to expand the world of James Bond. Her latest novel, A Wild & True Relation (2023), was described by Dame Hilary Mantel as “a rarity – a novel as remarkable for the vigour of the storytelling as for its literary ambition. Kim Sherwood is a writer of capacity, potency and sophistication.”

Before becoming a full-time writer Ron Butlin was a footman, a barnacle scraper on Thames barges, song-lyricist and an artist’s model. An international prize-winning novelist, he is a former Edinburgh Makar / Poet Laureate. Widely translated, his novels include The Sound of My Voice and Ghost Moon (nominated for the International IMPAC Award). So Many Lives and All of Them Are Yours was published in September 2023. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife, the writer Regi Claire. More info about Ron on his website.




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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