Date(s) - Mon 2nd Sep - Sat 7th Sep, 2019
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT
Writing Outsider Perspectives
How do we write stories about the marginalised communities of our own personal background? What are our concerns when writing about these communities when they are generally under-represented in publishing and prone to misunderstanding or stereotype? This includes, for example, categories based on ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion and disability. On this tutored retreat we’ll help you focus and test your fiction writing and ideas, and we’ll help you look at craft and content and the relationship between what you want to say and the way in which you might successfully express it. Suitable for people with some writing experience.
Bernardine Evaristo is the British-Nigerian author of many books of fiction and verse fiction including Mr Loverman, Blonde Roots, Lara, and the forthcoming Girl, Woman, Other (Penguin Random House, May 2019). Her other writing and creative work spans essays, poetry, criticism and BBC radio. She has won several prizes and founded several arts inclusion projects including the Brunel International African Poetry Prize in 2012. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Literature.
Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen and is an award-winning novelist. She is currently writing Lowborn, her first work of non-fiction, and a companion column on poverty in the UK for The Pool.
Judy Moir was born in Zimbabwe and moved to Scotland as a student. Since 1981 she has worked in the publishing sector in various capacities: freelance editor, proof-reader, editor and book reviewer, Director of the Scottish Publishers
Association (now Publishing Scotland), lecturer in Publishing at Napier University, Editorial Director of Canongate Books, Editor at Large for Penguin UK, commissioning for Hamish Hamilton and Viking, literary agent. Her areas of expertise are primarily adult non-fiction and literary fiction. Writers she has worked with as editor/agent include James Robertson, Michel Faber, Louise Welsh, Kevin MacNeil, Sue Peebles and many others.
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