Date(s) - Mon 29th Nov - Sat 4th Dec, 2021
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT
Permission to Write
Have you often wanted to write, but aren’t sure where to begin? Perhaps you don’t yet know what shape you’d like your writing to take, whether that’s poetry, short story, fiction or non-fiction. Whatever stage you’re at, these workshops will tackle the basics of writing in any form, looking at language, imagery, plot and character. We’ll offer encouragement and positive feedback, and plenty of games and exercises. We strongly believe that everyone is entitled to write – and by the end of the week, we hope you’ll believe it too.
Kate Clanchy writes, and has won major prizes, in several different genres. Her most recent books are England, Poems from a School, an anthology of her student’s poems, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, a memoir of teaching which won the Orwell Prize for Political Writing, and How to Grow Your Poem,’ a literary Haynes manual, helping you to jump-start your stuttering thoughts into a smoothly purring poem. Daily Telegraph.
Elizabeth Macneal was born in Scotland and now lives in East London. She is a writer and potter. The Doll Factory, Elizabeth’s debut novel, was a Sunday Times bestseller, has been translated into twenty-nine languages and has been optioned for a major television series. It was a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime, and won the Caledonia Novel Award in 2018.
A.L. Kennedy has won a variety of UK and international book awards, including a Lannan Award, The Costa Prize, The Heinrich Heine Preis, The Somerset Maugham Award and The John Llewellyn Rees Prize. She has twice been included on the Granta Best of Young British Novelists list. She has written nine novels, six short-story collections, three books of non-fiction and three books for children. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the Akademie der Kunst. She also writes for the stage, screen, TV and has created an extensive body of radio work including documentaries, monologues, dramas and essays. She also performs occasionally in one person shows and as a stand up comic.
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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Bursaries are always available, and you also have the option to pay in installments, see How to Book.