Fiction: From Research to Readership with Sara Sheridan & Polly Clark, Guest Graeme Macrae Burnet

Fiction: From Research to Readership with Sara Sheridan & Polly Clark, Guest Graeme Macrae Burnet

Date(s) - Mon 4th Apr - Sat 9th Apr, 2022
All Day

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

Polly Clark and Sara Sheridan share their experience as professional writers and explore vital points in the journey from idea to bringing a book to market. Polly Clark’s unique and sometimes extreme research is fundamental to her work and she will share with you how you can find and use authentic material to create a transporting work of fiction that is also true to life. Sara Sheridan shares her insight and expertise in how to help your book flourish in the marketplace, understanding your unique qualities as an author and embracing a changing publishing world. This course will suit ambitious writers interested in communicating authentic experience with a work of fiction in progress.

Sara Sheridan is an historical novelist although she works in other genres including narrative, creative non-fiction. She has written over 20 books. Truth or Dare, her first novel, received a Scottish Library Award and was shortlisted for the Saltire. Her novel On Starlit Seas, was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith 2017. An occasional journalist, Sara has reported for BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent and on ‘being a lady’ for Women’s Hour. In 2019 Sara re mapped Scotland according to women’s history for Historic Environment Scotland – the resulting book Where are the Women was listed as one of the David Hume Institute’s Books of the year. Sara mentors fledgling writers for the Scottish Book Trust. In 2016 Sara founded REEK perfume which in part inspired her latest critically acclaimed novel, The Fair Botanists, set in the world of perfume making in Edinburgh in the 1820s. 

Novelist and poet Polly Clark was born in Toronto and lives in Helensburgh on Scotland’s west coast. She is the author of Tiger (Quercus, 2019), shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Novel of the Year and Larchfield (Quercus, 2017), winner of the MsLexia Novel Prize. To research Tiger she travelled to the remote forests of the Russian Far East to track tigers in the snow. Larchfield fictionalises the little known but formative years that the poet W.H. Auden lived in Helensburgh. For her forthcoming novel Ocean (2023) she learned to sail and crossed the notoriously treacherous Bay of Biscay. Clark is the author of four poetry collections from Bloodaxe, including the TS Eliot Prize shortlisted Take Me With You 

Graeme Macrae Burnet was born in Kilmarnock and now lives in Glasgow. He is the author of four novels, The Disappearance of Adèle BedeauHis Bloody ProjectThe Accident on the A35 and Case Study His Bloody Project was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker prize, the LA Times Mystery Book of the Year, the European Crime Fiction Prize and won the Saltire Prize for Fiction. It has been published in twenty languages.  Graeme was named Author of the Year in the 2017 Sunday Herald Culture Awards and has appeared at festivals and events all over the world.
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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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