Fiction: Find Your Way Through Your Novel with Ajay Close & James Robertson, Guest Ewan Morrison

Fiction: Find Your Way Through Your Novel with Ajay Close & James Robertson, Guest Ewan Morrison

Date(s) - Mon 6th Jun - Sat 11th Jun, 2022
All Day

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

Do you have a novel in your head but not much of it down on paper yet? Or do you have plenty of words but you’re losing sight of the compelling novel you set out to write? This course will move you further towards completing that first draft, or help you refocus and get back on track. Ajay Close and James Robertson will concentrate on key elements in any novel such as narrative voice, character development, dialogue, plot, research and redrafting, while also addressing issues specific to your own work.

Ajay Close has published six novels and been longlisted for the Orange Prize and Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Her latest, What We Did in the Dark, is based on the disastrous first marriage of writer Catherine Carswell. A Petrol Scented Spring, about the Scottish suffragettes, was featured on BBC Radio 4’s A Good Read. She is also a dramatist. The Keekin Gless premiered at Perth Theatre. The Sma Room Seance, a play with songs, toured east Scotland and was revived at the Edinburgh Fringe. In her first career, as a journalist, she won several press awards. 

James Robertson has published seven novels, including Joseph KnightThe Testament of Gideon Mack, And the Land Lay Still and, most recently, News of the Dead.  He has also produced four short-story collections, including 365 Stories which in 2019 became part of an on-line collaborative project with musician Aidan O’Rourke, viewable at

Ewan Morrison is an award-winning Scottish author. His novels have won the Saltire Fiction Prize, the Glendfiddich Scottish Writer of the Year Prize and the Creative Scotland/SMIT Fiction Book of the Year Prize. His latest novel How To Survive Everything is being developed as a TV series. 

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.


This course is now fully booked. Please contact us on or 01463 741 675 to be added to the waiting list.

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