Fiction With Adam Foulds & Alison MacLeod, Guest Jenni Fagan

Fiction With Adam Foulds & Alison MacLeod, Guest Jenni Fagan

Date(s) - Mon 25th Oct - Sat 30th Oct, 2021
All Day

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’s most recent novel, Unexploded, was long-listed for The Man Booker Prize, named one of the Observer‘s ‘Books of the Year’, and serialised for BBC Radio 4.  It is also optioned for film.  Her recent short story collection, all the beloved ghosts, was shortlisted for The Edge Hill Prize for Best Collection and for Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Fiction.  She has taught Literature and Creative Writing for 25 years, across all levels, from community workshops to Ph.D supervision, and her students have gone on to publish widely.  She is Visiting Professor at the University of Chichester, and her next novel will be published by Bloomsbury UK/USA in late 2020 or early 2021.

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.


Please note, due to Covid-19, all residential courses and retreats will likely run with a smaller number of participants than normal, which may change depending on Scottish Government regulations at the time. We will provide a fully catered service, 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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