2418 Fiction: Short Story Bootcamp with Leila Aboulela and Tom Conaghan, Guest Reader Jessie Greengrass

2418 Fiction: Short Story Bootcamp with Leila Aboulela and Tom Conaghan, Guest Reader Jessie Greengrass

Date(s) - Mon 29th Apr - Sat 4th May, 2024
All Day

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

From Inspiration to Polish

On this intensive, fast-paced course we will move beyond the usual barriers to creativity, to attend to the possibilities and energies of our writing. By giving space to the unconscious, learn how to create writing that’s richer, wiser and more resonant. Then, having excavated these raw materials, find out how to mould them into the best shape – honing your technique to create an assured structure and voice. We will take our early ideas all the way through to the later stages of fiction writing to cover trouble-shooting, re-writing and editing our work, to ensure all of its elements heighten the power of our story. You’ll come away with a more confident approach to your writing and a better understanding of how to take your fiction from a vague nebulous start to a sharp finish.  Come with an idea or a fragment, a dream or a messy first draft. Leave with a story that dares to stand on its own two feet.


Leila Aboulela is the author of six novels, among them River SpiritThe TranslatorMinaret and Lyrics Alley, Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards. Leila was the first ever winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing and her recent story collection, Elsewhere, Home won the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year Award. Her books have been translated into 15 languages and she has also written plays for BBC Radio. Leila’s stories have been included in significant anthologies such as New Daughters of Africa and Scottish Stories (Everyman Library Pocket Classics Series). She is Honorary Professor of the WORD Centre at the University of Aberdeen and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Tom Conaghan is the editor at Scratch Books and publisher of the Reverse Engineering series of books. His reviews and essays have appeared in The Observer, The TLS, The Irish Times, The LA Review of Books, amongst others. He was a judge of the 2023 The London Magazine Short Story Prize.

Guest Reader

Jessie Greengrass is the author of two novels: The High House, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize 2021, the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2022 and the Encore Award 2022, and Sight (2018), which was shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her collection of short stories, An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw it was published in 2015. It won the Edge Hill Prize 2016, a Somerset Maugham Award, and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times PFD Young Writer of the Year Award.


The full fee for this course is £725. 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 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 £675 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 £595 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. If you have any problems paying online, or wish to discuss paying in instalments or applying for financial help, or would simply like assistance, please contact us by emailing info@moniackmhor.org.ok or phoning us on 01463 592828.


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 medical condition. For more information about access to our courses, please visit our Access page.

Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms & Conditions before booking.


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Single Room (Deposit) £150.00
Twin Room (Deposit)
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.
Single Room (Deposit) with En-Suite Upgrade
Limited availability. We also have 1 extra en-suite reserved for participants who may need it for medical reasons. If the en-suites are sold out but you need one for medical reasons, please book a standard single room then let us know in the booking form below.
£200.00 N/A




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