Fiction: Experimentation and Getting (back) to the Writing with Elizabeth Reeder & Beatrice Hitchman, Guest Mahsuda Snaith

Fiction: Experimentation and Getting (back) to the Writing with Elizabeth Reeder & Beatrice Hitchman, Guest Mahsuda Snaith

Date(s) - Mon 18th Jul - Sat 23rd Jul, 2022
All Day

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

Wherever you are in your Fiction project, it’s easy to slip out of the groove, go the wrong way, find you’ve written too much or too little, or lose sight of the vision that got you started. This residential course will help you take small (or maybe bold) steps to generate ideas, connections and energy and to love the writing (again). As tutors we will run workshops that will encourage experimentation, different thinking on craft and process, some creative re-writing techniques, and we may even encourage a bit of exuberant creative failure as a way to cast aside doubts and be adventurous in your approaches to writing. Bring an open mind and an open notebook, and we will endeavour to inspire and support you and get the words flowing.

Elizabeth Reeder, originally from Chicago, has lived in Scotland for over twenty years – working and living in Glasgow and Strathspey. She writes fiction (novels and stories), creative non-fiction and hybrid writing that flourishes between forms. She loves writing and working with other writers to create work that can go out into the world with vision and energy.  Her most recent novel, An Archive of Happiness, has been longlisted for the Highland Book Prize; a collection of her hybrid work, microbursts, is a collaboration with the artist Amanda Thomson and is published by Prototype in February 2021. Visit:

Beatrice Hitchman is a novelist and academic. Her second novel, All of You Every Single One, was published in 2021/22 and featured on Vogue’s Best Books of 2022 list. Her first novel, Petite Mort, was published in 2013, and nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Author’s Club Best First Book Prize and the Polari Prize, as well as being serialised as a Woman’s Hour drama. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Brighton.

Mahsuda Snaith is winner of the SI Leeds Literary Prize and Bristol Short Story Prize. Her debut novel ‘The Things We Thought We Knew’ was chosen as a World Book Night Book and her second novel ‘How to Find Home’ was read on BBC Radio 4. She was named an ‘Observer New Face of Fiction’. Mahsuda has led creative writing workshops in universities, hospitals, schools and in a homeless hostel. She is a commissioned writer for Colonial Countryside and her short story The Panther’s Tale is included in Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold. Find out more at

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.


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