Date(s) - Mon 25th Oct - Sat 30th Oct, 2021
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT
Finishing That First Draft
After the first flurry of ideas, the excitement, writing a novel can become daunting with characters to develop and plots to engineer. This course will help you finish that first draft with workshops and tutorials on plot and character, on sharpening your descriptions, writing scenes and creating distinctive, propulsive, persuasive voices. Together we can get there.
Adam Foulds is a poet and novelist from London now resident in Toronto. He has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including The Sunday Times Young Writer Of The Year, The Costa Poetry Prize, The Somerset Maugham Award, The South Bank Show Prize for Literature, The E.M. Forster Award, The Encore Award and The European Union Prize for Literature. His 2009 novel, The Quickening Maze, was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010. His latest novel, Dream Sequence, was published early in 2019.
Alison MacLeod is the author of six books. In September, her novel Tenderness will be published in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada. Her last novel, Unexploded, was long-listed for the Booker Prize and the Walter Scott Prize; it was named one of the Observer‘s ‘Books of the Year’ and serialised for BBC Radio 4. It is also optioned for film. Her last short story collection, All the Beloved Ghosts, was shortlisted for The Edge Hill Prize and Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Her short stories have been nominated for the BBC National Short Story Prize and the Sunday Times Short Story Award. She leads ‘The Stories We Tell’ initiative (Arts Council England) and has taught Literature and Creative Writing for 30 years. alison-macleod.com
Jenni Fagan is an award winning poet and novelist. She has written three novels, five poetry collections, screenplays, stage plays and is published in nine languages. Jenni Fagan has been on lists for Granta Best of Young British Novelists, Dublin Impact, James Tait Black, BBC Short Story Award and Desmond Elliott among others. She has held residencies as a writer all over the world but most recently she has been engraving her poetry onto bones, which are on display at Summerhall as part of the Gavin Wallace Fellowship.
If you want to attend a course with a family member, or someone within your extended household please do let us know and we can arrange use of our former twin rooms. These are available at £600 per person.
Covid Update 19th Aug 2021 (subject to change): Please note, due to Covid-19, all residential courses and retreats at this time will be fully catered, offering delicious and nutritious meals and snacks to allow you to fully immerse yourself in your writing. Prior to your visit with us, we will provide information about our virus mitigation measures and send you our Covid-19 guidance notes.
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Bursaries are always available, and you also have the option to pay in installments, see How to Book.