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

Fiction: Experimentation and Getting (back) to the Writing with Elizabeth Reeder & Tim Pears, 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:

Born in 1956, Tim Pears grew up in Devon and left school at sixteen. He has published nine novels, including In the Place of Fallen Leaves (awarded the Hawthornden Prize,) Landed (shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the IMPAC Award) and Chemistry and other stories, as well as essays on sport. He has been Writer in Residence at Cheltenham Festival of Literature and Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has taught creative writing for the Arvon Foundation, the University of Oxford, First Story and Ruskin College, among others.  He lives in Oxford with his wife and children. His main interests are rural wandering and football coaching. 

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.

Please read our Terms & Conditions before booking.
Bursaries are always available, and you also have the option to pay in installments, see How to Book.


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Single room: Deposit £150.00
Single room: Deposit (En-suite)
There are 2 en-suite rooms available, each for a £50 surcharge.
£200.00 N/A
Single room: Deposit (Fees in Credit)
If you have fees held in credit with us, please book your space here and we will email you to confirm the transfer of your credit.
Single room: Full Payment £650.00


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