Fiction/Non-Fiction Tutored Retreat With Michel Faber & Louisa Young, Guest Irenosen Okojie

Fiction/Non-Fiction Tutored Retreat With Michel Faber & Louisa Young, Guest Irenosen Okojie

Date(s) - Mon 4th Oct - Sat 9th Oct, 2021
All Day

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

Shaping Your Work

Whether you have a novel or a non-fiction work in progress, this course will provide you with an intensive retreat to develop work in a supportive and inspiring environment. Whether you are stuck in the middle, wrangling with your first draft, or nearing completion, Louisa and Michel will be there to help you refine your project through one-to-one tutorials.  With a potent blend of mixing with your fellow writers, in-depth feedback and private writing time, this week will help you make significant progress with your work at hand.


Michel Faber is the author of ten books including the novels The Crimson Petal and The White, Under The Skin and The Book of Strange New Things, the short story collections Some Rain Must Fall and The Fahrenheit Twins and the poetry collection Undying. His first novel for Young Adults, D (A Tale of Two Worlds) was published in 2019. He has written fiction about choirs and death metal bands, and is currently working on a non-fiction book about music that nobody likes.

Louisa Young is a writer and songwriter. Her eleven novels include the award-winning My Dear I Wanted to Tell You trilogy. She’s half of the children’s author Zizou Corder (with her daughter Isabel Adomakoh Young) and half of the band Birds of Britain (with Alex Mackenzie). She’s a Londoner, a former journalist, a singer, a feminist, a reader, and “a masterly storyteller”, The Washington Post. Her most recent book is a memoir, You Left Early: A True Story of Love and Alcohol, about her relationship with the composer Robert Lockhart. Her debut album with her band Birds of Britain is also called You Left Early.


Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British writer. Her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Observer,The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally including Salt’s Best British Short Stories 2017 and 2020, Kwani? and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction. She was presented at the London Short Story Festival by Booker Prize winning author Ben Okri as a dynamic talent and featured in the Evening Standard Magazine as one of London’s exciting new authors. Her short story collection Speak Gigantular , published by Jacaranda Books was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her new collection of stories, Nudibranch published by Little Brown’s Dialogue Books was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize. She is the winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize For Fiction for her story, Grace Jones.

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.


Covid Update 19th Aug 2021 (subject to change): Please note, due to Covid-19, all residential courses and retreats at this time will be fully catered, 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 event is fully booked. Please email to be added to the waiting list.

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