Non-fiction With Laura Barton & Horatio Clare, Guest Robert Davidson

Non-fiction With Laura Barton & Horatio Clare, Guest Robert Davidson

Date(s) - Mon 9th Aug - Sat 14th Aug, 2021
All Day

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

Keeping It Real

This course is aimed at writers of all levels, from beginners to published authors, who wish to hone and develop their non-fiction, be it memoir, biography, travel, life writing, nature or place writing – every variety of long form nonfiction falls within our scope. Taught by two award-winning authors and journalists, the course will explore a range of techniques, drawing inspiration and instruction from a sweep of influences, from poetry to features. We will study and practise the creation of places you can feel, people you can see and hear and stories that grip and engross.

A Guardian feature writer and music columnist for a decade, Laura Barton now writes for a variety of publications including The Guardian, The Observer, The New York Times, Q and 1843. She is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4. Her novel, Twenty One Locks, was the recipient of a Betty Trask Award. Her next book, Sad Songs, will be published in Autumn 2020.

Horatio Clare‘s work ranges across travel, nature, memoir, fiction and children’s books. His awards include The Somerset Maugham, The Stanford-Dolman Travel Book of the Year, The Branford Boase Best Debut Children’s Book and The Foreign Press Association Award for travel article of the year. He writes regularly for The Financial Times on travel and The Spectator on books. Much in demand as a writing tutor, he lectures on non-fiction at the Univeristy of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing.

Robert Davidson founded Sandstone Press in 2002. A former reviews editor and Managing Editor of Northwords magazine, he directed Inverness Book Festival for two years. He is the author, co-author and editor of many books as well as a published poet, lyricist and librettist. Sandstone Press books have been listed for, or won, many literary prizes and the company was named Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year 2014. In 2019, Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, translated by Marilyn Booth, won The Man Booker International Prize.

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.


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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