2442 Fiction: Writing Different with Cynan Jones and Samantha Harvey, Guest Reader Alan Warner

2442 Fiction: Writing Different with Cynan Jones and Samantha Harvey, Guest Reader Alan Warner

Date(s) - Mon 14th Oct - Sat 19th Oct, 2024
All Day

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

Writing Different

Sometimes, writing requires an unconventional approach. Common ideas about narrative, language, and other vital elements just don’t fit. And you’ve gone along with that. You find yourself breaking with convention. You haven’t done this just for fun. You’re not being a rebel. Just… You feel, intuitively, instinctively, that whatever it is you’re trying to write, you need to let it be itself. And that is thrilling.

This course will focus on the ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘whether you should’ of writing differently. Whether your work in progress has pushed you to experiment with form, break boundaries, or just find the strongest way to tell an unusual story, workshops, one-to-ones, and other sessions will help you determine whether that’s the right choice. It will help you find ways to block the outside noise that says, ‘no, you can’t do this’, and give you the confidence and writing tools to help your writing be what it really wants and needs to be.


Cynan Jones is an acclaimed fiction writer from the west coast of Wales. His work has appeared in over twenty countries, and in journals and magazines including Granta, Freeman’s and The New Yorker. He has also written a screenplay for the hit crime drama Hinterland, a collection of tales for children, and a number of stories for BBC Radio. He has been longlisted and shortlisted for numerous awards, and won, among other prizes, the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize, a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award, and the BBC National Short Story Award.

Samantha Harvey is the author of five novels, The Wilderness, All Is Song, Dear Thief ,The Western Wind and Orbital. She is also the author of a memoir, The Shapeless Unease.Her novels have been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Guardian First Book Award, the Walter Scott Prize and the James Tait Black Prize, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Baileys Prize, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and the HWA Gold Crown Award. The Western Wind won the 2019 Staunch Book Prize, and The Wilderness was the winner of the AMI Literature Award and the Betty Trask Prize. She lives in Bath, UK, and is a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

Guest Reader

Alan Warner has written 10 novels, his last, a short historical novel set in 1746, is Nothing Left to Fear From Hell. He has won the James Tait Black Prize and been longlisted for The Booker Prize. Two of his novels have been adapted into cinema films. His next novel, These Bold Deceivers, is due in 2025. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen.


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 £575 is due six weeks before the course begins. Refunds are not always available – please read our Terms & Conditions 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.uk 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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