Short Course – Fiction (With Childcare): Naomi Wood & Ross Raisin

Short Course - Fiction (With Childcare): Naomi Wood & Ross Raisin

Date(s) - Thu 18th Jul - Sun 21st Jul, 2019
All Day

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

Finding the Clearing in the Forest.

There are many things that can put a writer off starting to write. Time. Not knowing how to begin. Children. In this unique short course, Ross and Naomi, who have both written novels on the other side of parenthood, will help you with all of the above. Childcare support will be provided by the team at Abriachan Forest. With workshops on elements of craft such as characterisation, dialogue, openings; and one-to-one tutorials – while your children go on a Forest School adventure in the Highlands – these few days will give you the time and space to think and write, without having to juggle.

Abriachan Forest will offer childcare Friday and Saturday from 10am 4pm. They support lots of outdoor play and learning for all ages and stages of humans … little and large. Some days can be spent discovering woodland animals or pond dipping, perhaps looking for minibeasts or flower fairies and building houses. At other times, games will be played which might finish with some campfire cookery and storytelling deep in the woods. Most of the day will be spent outside but there are some lovely indoor spaces available too. The centre will supply extra beds for children in their parent/guardian’s room and facilitate transport to and from the forest. An extra activity for children will be run by centre staff in the early evening.

Naomi Wood is the author of The Godless Boys (Picador, 2011) and the award-winning Mrs. Hemingway (Picador, 2014), which won the Eccles Centre British Library Award, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award, was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Award, and was a Richard and Judy bookclub choice. Her third novel, The Hiding Game, is set during the Bauhaus in 1920s Germany, and will be published by Picador in 2019. Naomi is also a screenwriter for film, and has co-written two feature films in production: The Godless Boys, an adaptation of her own novel, and One Thousand Paper Cranes. She lives in Norwich with her family.

Ross Raisin is the author of three novels: A Natural (2017), Waterline (2011) and God’s Own Country (2008). His work has won and been shortlisted for over ten literary awards. He won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award in 2009, and in 2013 was named on Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists list. In 2018 he was awarded a Fellowship by the RSL. He has written short stories for various publications and in 2018 published a book for the Read This series, on the practice of fiction writing. Ross teaches at Goldsmiths College and for the Guardian Masterclass Series and is a writer-in-residence for the education charity First Story.



The ticket includes childcare, you don’t need to book extra tickets for any children you’re bringing along. Once you’ve booked, please contact the centre by telephone or email to discuss accommodation, etc. 

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Bursaries are always available, and you also have the option to pay in installments, see How to Book.


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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