Life Writing With Richard Skinner & Laura Cumming, Guest Rupert Thomson

Life Writing With Richard Skinner & Laura Cumming, Guest Rupert Thomson

Date/Time
Date(s) - Mon 30th Aug - Sat 4th Sep, 2021
All Day

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


From bestsellers by doctors and lawyers to Norwegian experiments in autofiction, the genre of life writing is bigger and broader than ever. This course will look at the many and diverse ways you can write about your life or other peoples’. For example, how truthful can/should you be in presenting yourself in your writing? Should you treat yourself or others as a fictional construct? To what extent can you yourself enter into the telling of another person’s life? These questions are formal as well as ethical and wide open to interpretation. Drawing on a comprehensive reading list, and putting these ideas into practice in a series of writing exercises, we will spend the week discussing and deciding on the most suitable way for you to write a life that matters.’ 

Richard Skinner has published three novels with Faber & Faber, including The Red Dancer, a fictional biography of Mata Hari (reissued by Faber in October 2017), and The Velvet Gentleman, a fictional biography of Erik Satie (shortlisted for the Prix Livres & Musiques). He has also written a biography entitled The Busby Babes. Richard is Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy and teaches a week-long ‘Writing Lives’ course there. 

Laura Cumming is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller, On Chapel Sands: My Mother and Other Missing Persons. It was shortlisted for the Baillie-Gifford Prize, the Rathbones Folio Prize and the Costa Biography Award. She has been chief art critic of The Observer since 1999, and was previously literary editor of The Listener, arts editor of The New Statesman, and presenter of Nightwaves on BBC Radio 3. Her first book, A Face to the World: On Self-Portraits, was published in 2010 and translated into ten languages. Her second book, The Banishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2017. 

Rupert Thomson is the author of twelve critically acclaimed novels, including The Insult, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize, and chosen by David Bowie as one of his 100 Must-Read Books of All Time, Death of a Murderer, which was shortlisted for the Costa Prize, and The Book of Revelation, which was made into a feature film by the Australian writer/director, Ana Kokkinos. In 2010, he published a memoir, This Party Got to Stop, which won the Writers’ Guild Non-Fiction Book of the Year. He has contributed to the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Observer, Granta, and the London Review of Books, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in London. 


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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Bookings

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


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