2449 Tutored Retreat: Immerse Yourself in Your Writing with Zoë Strachan and Louise Welsh, Guest Reader Tendai Huchu

2449 Tutored Retreat: Immerse Yourself in Your Writing with Zoë Strachan and Louise Welsh, Guest Reader Tendai Huchu

Date(s) - Mon 2nd Dec - Sat 7th Dec, 2024
All Day

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

Immerse Yourself in Your Writing

This week-long tutored retreat offers an opportunity to focus intensively on a work-in-progress: any kind of prose writing welcome!  Zoë and Louise will be on hand to help you hone characters and structure, develop style, shift blocks and think about next steps. An end of year break to find inspiration in a peaceful, supportive environment – and leave with more words to work with!


Zoë Strachan is an award-winning novelist and librettist, who also writes short fiction, essays and plays, including for BBC Radio. She has a longstanding sound art collaboration with composer Nichola Scrutton, and has edited six anthologies of new writing. In 2020, Zoë was a judge for the Dublin International Literary Award, and her most recent novel, Catch The Moments as They Fly came out in 2023. She lives in Glasgow, where her day job is as Reader in Creative Writing at University of Glasgow.

Louise Welsh is the author of ten novels including The Cutting Room, Plague Times Trilogy and To the Dogs. Louise has a ten-year practice in opera with composer Stuart MacRae. Their most recent opera, Anthropocene, originally commissioned by Scottish Opera, has enjoyed productions in the UK, Germany and Salzberg. She was co-director (with Jude Barber) of the Empire Café an award-winning exploration of Scotland’s relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade. She has received numerous awards and international fellowships, including honorary doctorates from Napier University and the Open University. Louise is Professor of Creative Writing at University of Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Literature..

Guest Reader

T.L. Huchu’s work has appeared in Lightspeed, Interzone, Analog Science Fiction & Fact, The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly, The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016, and elsewhere. He is the winner of a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award (2023), Alex Award (2022), the Children’s Africana Book Award (2021), a Nommo Award for African SFF (2022, 2017), and has been shortlisted for the Grand prix de l’Imaginaire (2019) and the Caine Prize (2024). The Edinburgh Nights series is now on its third instalment.


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.


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

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