2482 Online: A Year of Writing with Elizabeth Reeder – Season 1

2482 Online: A Year of Writing with Elizabeth Reeder - Season 1

Date(s) - Wed 18th Sep - Wed 18th Dec, 2024
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Companions in the Wild

Following the success of Elizabeth’s Reeder’s A Year of Writing in 2022-23, we are happy to be able to offer this course again in 2024-25. This is a four-season writing course open to writers of fiction and non-fiction with a work in progress. It is led by Elizabeth Reeder, author of An Archive of Happiness (Penned in the Margins) and microbursts (Prototype), and will run fortnightly on Wednesday evenings.

This course has a limited number of places for writers to join us. You are welcome to join on a season by season basis or book the whole year. If you choose season by season we’ll do our best to give you first choice to allow you to participate in the next season.  

Course outline

Elizabeth’s year-long course, run season by season, is intended to support you and your writing process as you undertake a long-form fiction or creative non-fiction project. The premise is that by writing in the company of others, figuring out what sort of habits, goal setting and flexibility work for you, discussing elements of craft and process and what will bring the most joy as you write, even if it’s bloody tough at times – you will have more resources to complete a longer project.  

In each season we will meet fortnightly with a mixture of Craft and Process Workshops and Writing Space sessions. We will also have one or two sessions in which we talk about and share our work. 

The process of writing a longer manuscript (fiction, non-fiction, hybrid) is a wild and bold commitment for us to undertake.  There is so much we can know and dedicate ourselves to – setting aside time and focus to the process and the work; finding trusted readers and writers to share our work and our process with; writing in the company of other writers; learning craft through reading, writing and discussion; and building a humour and pleasure are all parts of the creative process.  

Throughout the year we’ll have ongoing discussions on specific elements of craft (character, point of view, setting the scene, language) as well as embracing creative failure, creative processes and editing.  

This course offers an open, supportive, dedicated space for you to write a work-in-progress in the company of other writers, and with Elizabeth building and holding a kind and supportive frame within which we can do our best work.  

Each writer will also receive a one-to-one 40-minute tutorial with Elizabeth each season and can choose to submit up to 3,000 words of writing to be discussed during the tutorial.

Seasonal themes:

Autumn 2024 Living Colours: planning, playing and pacing  

Winter 2025  Overwintering: being steady, celebrating 

Spring 2025 Bog Cotton: when being in process is as beautiful as being in bloom 

Summer 2025 Long Days: a short season of long days  

Season 1 Autumn 2024

Living Colours: planning, playing and pacing

The autumn 2024 season’s craft sessions include a mixture of discussion, close-reading and writing exercise-based elements. We’ll focus on character, risktaking and a subject agreed by the group in the first week. The subjects of craft sessions in future seasons will be informed by the interests and needs of the writers on the course. 

The quieter Writing Spaces are where we get together on Zoom and write. That’s it. We write in the company of each other and have a bit of chat before and after. Elizabeth will also set optional writing exercises/subjects for those who want a bit of an outwardly-set focus.  

At the end of each term, we’ll share our work with each other in an online ceilidh.   

Companions in the Wild: Season 1 includes: 

  • a 2-hour introductory session, also including a writing space
  • two 2-hour craft and process sessions
  • one 2-hour writing space
  • one 2-hour peer-to-peer group workshopping session
  • one 40-minute one-to-one tutorial and feedback on up to 3,000 words
  • a closing sharing space / online ceilidh to share your work with your group
  • Contact and support from your community of writers via Google Classroom (optional) 


Wednesday       18 Sep        18:00–20:00     Introduction / Writing space

We’ll introduce ourselves and the course, have a mini-craft session on process, and writing space/exercises (if time) 

Wednesday       2 Oct        18:00–20:00     Craft session

Beginnings, risk-taking in process, and character

Wednesday       16 Oct        18:00–20:00     Writing space

Chat, write, chat!

Wednesday       6 Nov        18:00–20:00     Craft session

Subject to be agreed by group at start of course

Wednesday       20 Nov      18:00–20:00     Group workshopping / Writing space

Work in small groups to feedback on each other’s writing

Wednesday       18 Dec      18:00–20:00     Ceilidh

A closing celebration, giving an opportunity to share a short reading of your work with your group 


Your one-to-one tutorial with Elizabeth will be scheduled when the course starts and will most likely take place between 21 November and 17 December.


Elizabeth Reeder writes fiction, experimental essays, poetry and hybrid work. She has two recent books: a novel, An Archive of Happiness (Penned in the Margins), which was longlisted for the Highland Book Prize, and a collection of hybrid lyric essays, microbursts, which is an artistic collaboration with Amanda Thomson (Prototype Publishing). From 2021-2024, Elizabeth is one of three Endangered Landscape artists in residence with Cairngorms Connect, and she co-runs DeathWrites, a Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded network of Scottish writers exploring illness, dying, death and grief. She is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.

Signing up

This course will run with 12 participants each season. You can join on a season by season basis or let us know if you’d like to book the whole year. Writers who take part in all four seasons will be offered a £40 discount of their Season 4 fee.

We will try to offer priority booking to continuing participants in seasons two, three and four. New participants will also be welcome each season if spaces are available.


The full fee for this online course is £340.  A deposit of £100 is required to secure your place, which is non-refundable after a 14-day cooling-off period. The balance payment of £240 is due six weeks before the course begins.

Bursaries are available, and you also have the option to pay in instalments, please email online@moniackmhor.org.uk to enquire.

All activity takes place on Zoom, and workshops include a short break. Moniack Mhor staff will be on hand to support you during your course. 

For more information please email online@moniackmhor.org.uk.


Please let us know in your booking form if you have any access requirements when working online so we can do our best to support you. For more information about access to our courses, please visit our Access page.

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Ticket Type Price Spaces
Access to Online Course (Deposit) £100.00
Access to Online Course (Full Payment) £340.00


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