Writing the Music Tutored Retreat With Michel Faber & Louisa Young Guest Kathryn Williams

Writing the Music Tutored Retreat With Michel Faber & Louisa Young Guest Kathryn Williams

Date(s) - Mon 8th Jun - Sat 13th Jun, 2020
All Day

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

This tutored writing retreat will focus on music and the many ways it can inspire writing — not just as subject matter, but as a close creative companion, whether you’re listening to it, making it, thinking about it, using it as a setting and a mood, or as part of your language. Come to find your rhythm and your voice, unravel your ideas, craft harmonious developments, and cut away excess noise from prelude to finale so that your work can sing. Tutors Michel and Louisa will be there to help you, with individual tutorials and the alchemy of being with other writers. Inspiration guaranteed. Suitable for writers of fiction and non-fiction, particularly those with a work in progress – which might be music-connected, but doesn’t have to be.

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.


Labelled a songwriter’s songwriter, Kathryn Williams won a Mercury Music Prize nomination and a major label deal with her second album. Twenty years on she is still releasing critically acclaimed albums. She released a 20-CD box set, Anthology, in 2019. In 2018 she collaborated with author Laura Barnett, setting the lyrics from Laura’s book, Greatest Hits to music for a separately released studio album. Kathryn tutors at Arvon, Moniack Mhor and The Writing Squad, and writes for and with many artists around the world.

Please read our Terms & Conditions before booking.
Bursaries are always available, and you also have the option to pay in installments, see How to Book.


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Single room
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Twin room
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Single room deposit
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Twin room deposit
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