Past Courses & Events

  • Short Course: Ways With Words - Writing for Social Workers
    Mon 16th Nov - Wed 18th Nov
    Online

    During this short online writing course, writers John Glenday and Louise Wallwein will lead you through some inspiring writing exercises and creative activities that will encourage you to tap into your creativity.


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  • Online Talk - Building Plot and Managing Tension with Joanne Harris
    Wed 12th Aug
    Online

    Building Plot and Managing Tension

    In this one-hour online session delivered via Zoom, bestselling author Joanne Harris will discuss the fundamentals of plot structure and tension in building a novel. Joanne’s short talk will be followed by a discussion with participants.

    Joanne Harris is the author of 18 novels, including the award-winning Chocolat, plus many short stories, novellas, lyrics, scripts and, most recently, Ten Things About Writing, a self-help book for writers of fiction. She is currently Chair of the Society of Authors, and sits on the Board of the ALCS (Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society). Find out more about Joanne on her website, www.joanne-harris.co.uk


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  • Online Workshop - The Last Draft? with James Robertson
    Thu 6th Aug
    Online

    In this session, which will take the form of a short talk followed by an on-line discussion with participants, novelist James Robertson will discuss the process of redrafting a long piece of fiction.


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  • Moniack in a Month: Poetry
    Mon 13th Jul - Tue 11th Aug
    Online Fully Booked

    Have recent world events caused you to consider our relationship with the planet, the climate and one another? Can we – should we – use poetry to speak to, from or for Nature? What languages does the wild world speak, and can poetry effect positive change?


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  • July Retreat
    Mon 6th Jul - Sat 11th Jul

    The long summer days will be just the thing to help you relax into your writing and enjoy the breathtaking scenery around Moniack Mhor. 


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  • Moniack in a Month: Fiction
    Mon 22nd Jun - Fri 17th Jul
    Online Fully Booked

    Want to write, but finding it difficult to get started, even with an abundance of free time? This four-week course will offer the structure and inspiration you need by guiding you through some of the key elements of writing fiction.


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  • Moniack Mhor Online: Songwriting
    Mon 20th Apr - Fri 24th Apr
    Online Fully Booked

    Storytelling and song have always been a part of the social glue we need more than ever now.


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  • Spring Retreat
    Mon 16th Mar - Sat 21st Mar
    Limited Places Available

    Now is the time to Spring into action (sorry) as you breathe new life into your manuscript, or work on your play, short story or poem.


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  • Family Writing Workshop With Ken Cockburn
    Sat 14th Mar

    Come and join Ken Cockburn at Abriachan Forest Trust Classroom for a fun and informal afternoon taking inspiration from our surroundings to get writing.


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  • Writing Workshop With Ken Cockburn
    Thu 12th Mar

    Come and join Ken Cockburn at Abriachan Forest Trust Classroom for a fun and informal afternoon taking inspiration from our surroundings to get writing.


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  • March Retreat
    Mon 9th Mar - Sat 14th Mar
    Limited Places Available

    Come to Moniack Mhor for some quality quiet time. Evenings by the fire, good company and country walks will help inspire your writing.


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  • January Retreat
    Mon 20th Jan - Sat 25th Jan
    Fully Booked

    Treat yourself to a week at Moniack Mhor, where you can spend your time working on your writing away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Just some quality time with you and your writing.


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  • New Year Retreat
    Mon 13th Jan - Sat 18th Jan

    Why not start your writing year in the comforting and inspiring surroundings here at Moniack Mhor?


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  • Grace Morton and Jamie MacRae live at Abriachan Hall
    Sun 22nd Dec
    Partnership Course

    The culmination of three years of friendship and shared , ‘confluence’ is an album of songs by Grace Morton and Jamie MacRae.


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  • December Retreat
    Mon 9th Dec - Sat 14th Dec
    Fully Booked

    Forget the festive rush. Come to Moniack Mhor for some writing therapy instead. This could be your prefect gift – time, space and the permission to write, with festive treats laid on!


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  • Concert and Ceilidh: Hamish Napier, Mike Vass & Lauren MacColl
    Thu 5th Dec
    Partnership Course

    Three of the Scotland’s finest folk musicians and composers in the perfect Highland setting of Abriachan Village Hall!


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  • Tunesmithery Partnership course Hamish Napier & Mike Vass guest Lauren MacColl
    Mon 2nd Dec - Sat 7th Dec
    Partnership Course

    Calling all folk musicians and composers keen to develop their composition and arranging skills on a special residential music course this December.


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  • Tutored Retreat - Crime Writing: Karen Campbell & Adam LeBor, Guest: Louise Welsh
    Mon 25th Nov - Sat 30th Nov
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    Supported by tutors Karen and Adam, our tutored crime-writing retreat will let you unravel ideas, craft plot twists and turns and cut away excess flesh in your work.


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  • Memoir: Cathy Retzenbrink & Nina Stibbe, Guest Sheila Hancock
    Mon 18th Nov - Sat 23rd Nov
    Fully Booked

    Bestselling authors Cathy Rentzenbrink and Nina Stibbe come together to present a course on different approaches to writing the self.


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  • Playwriting: Simon Stephens & Chris Thorpe, Guest David Greig
    Mon 11th Nov - Sat 16th Nov
    Fully Booked

    An active interrogation of the mechanics of playwriting, this course will creatively examine the use of dramatic action, character, location, narrative and structure in the making of a play.


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  • Short Story: Cynan Jones & Nuala O'Connor, Guest Bernard MacLaverty
    Mon 28th Oct - Sat 2nd Nov
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    Workshops with Nuala and Cynan will look at crucial aspects of short form writing, like titles, openings, concision, and detail; while one-to-one clinics will focus on your specific project(s).


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  • Autumn Retreat
    Mon 7th Oct - Sat 12th Oct
    Fully Booked

    Spend a week at Moniack Mhor, marking up your manuscript or studying your screenplay in the comfort and warmth.


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  • Performance Poetry: Caroline Bird & Ross Sutherland, Guest John Hegley
    Mon 23rd Sep - Sat 28th Sep
    Fully Booked

    This week will introduce a dizzying variety of techniques to help poets keep their words alive and surprising. Expect to write an almost criminal amount of new poems as well.


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  • Air Iomall at Abriachan Hall
    Wed 18th Sep

    From Scottish duo Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach, and Filmmaker Hamish Macleod, Air Iomall (Scottish gaelic for “On the Edge”) is a film and suite of new music.


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  • Picture Books: James Mayhew & Sarah McIntyre, Guest Pam Smy
    Mon 16th Sep - Sat 21st Sep
    Fully Booked

    James and Sarah will lead you through the basics of structuring a picture book, discuss sources of inspiration, techniques, and share from their experience.


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  • Writing in the Environment: Rob Cowen & Linda Cracknell, Guest: Roseanne Watt
    Mon 9th Sep - Sat 14th Sep
    Limited Places Available

    For some writers, landscape and a sense of place is as animate and important as their narrators and characters. With varied landscapes on the doorstep, Moniack Mhor is ideally placed for exploratory outdoor workshops.


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  • Day Workshop: Poetry: Second Sight led by John Glenday
    Sun 8th Sep
    Fully Booked

    In this one-day workshop, through group discussions, examples, practical exercises and plenty of handy tips, John Glenday will show how there are actually two forms of inspiration involved in the writing and nurturing of a poem


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  • Tutored Retreat: Fiction Janice Galloway & Kerry Hudson, Guest: Judy Moir
    Mon 2nd Sep - Sat 7th Sep
    Limited Places Available

    On this tutored retreat we’ll help you focus and test your fiction writing. We’ll help you look at craft, content and the relationship between what you want to say and the way in which you might successfully express it.


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  • Short Course - Editing: Francesca Main & Nathan Filer
    Thu 22nd Aug - Sun 25th Aug
    Fully Booked

    Award-winning author, Nathan Filer, and publishing director at Picador, Francesca Main, will share their insights on how to bring out the best in your novel.


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  • Screenwriting: Hugh Stoddart & Line Langbeck, Guest Andrea Gibb
    Mon 12th Aug - Sat 17th Aug
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    This course will help clarify some simple issues to get you started and you can also bring your own ideas, treatments or proposals for film or TV to the tutors for their help and advice.


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  • Historical Fiction: Jane Harris & Justin Hill, Guest Victoria Whitworth
    Mon 5th Aug - Sat 10th Aug
    Fully Booked

    Join award-winning novelists, Jane Harris and Justin Hill, for an inspirational and practical course that’s designed to help you write historical novels.


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  • Writing for Young Adults: Jenny Valentine & Keith Gray, Guest Lindsey Fraser
    Mon 29th Jul - Sat 3rd Aug
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    This course will provide inspiration, insight and advice on writing for teenagers, how to access this unique readership and how to make your novel stand out on the shelf.


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  • Poetry Masterclass: Carol Ann Duffy & Michael Woods, Guest Imtiaz Dharker
    Mon 22nd Jul - Sat 27th Jul
    Fully Booked

    Poets are invited to submit 6 poems for consideration for the Masterclass. The course will be structured around both morning and afternoon workshops and evening readings after dinner. There will be no one-to-one sessions; instead, poets will be put into small groups of four for sharing and discussing of work each day.


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  • Short Course - Fiction (With Childcare): Naomi Wood & Ross Raisin
    Thu 18th Jul - Sun 21st Jul
    Fully Booked

    With workshops on elements of craft such as characterisation, dialogue, openings and one-to-one tutorials – while your children go to the local Forest School – these few days will give you the time and space to think and write, without having to juggle.


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  • July Retreat
    Mon 8th Jul - Sat 13th Jul

    Whether you’re up early or late to bed, your creativity will benefit from a stravaig through the woods or along the single-track roads. Long summer days are ideal to enjoy our stunning views of Glen Strathfarrar and Ben Wyvis. Let the natural environment around the centre inspire your writing. 


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  • Fiction - Novel: James Robertson & Cynthia Rogerson, Guest: Helen Oyeyemi
    Mon 10th Jun - Sat 15th Jun
    Limited Places Available

    If you have a novel in progress but it is not progressing, this course will help you get back on track and find the heart of your story.


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  • Day Workshop: Poetry: The Colours of Summer led by Anne MacLeod
    Sun 9th Jun
    Limited Places Available

    In this one-day workshop, we’ll explore what summer means to you, this time of growth, of possibility, so long celebrated in verse and song. Let’s add to the tradition.


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  • Gráinne Brady at Abriachan Hall
    Wed 5th Jun

    Gráinne Brady is an Irish fiddle player from Co. Cavan. Currently based in Glasgow where she works as a professional musician.


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  • Songwriting: Kathryn Williams & Colin MacIntyre, Guest: Kathryn Joseph
    Mon 3rd Jun - Sat 8th Jun
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    Through workshops, tutorials, co-writing and one-to-one sessions, Kathryn and Colin will help you identify useful ideas as the seeds from which to grow a song.


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  • May Retreat
    Mon 20th May - Sat 25th May
    Fully Booked

    Come and join us and let your writing productivity flourish.


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  • Tutored Retreat Fiction/Non-Fiction: Kapka Kassabova & Malachy Tallack, Guest: Cal Flyn
    Mon 13th May - Sat 18th May

    In this tutored retreat, you will be working closely with two experienced writers of both non-fiction and fiction. With them, you will discuss how to build a rich and convincing sense of place in your work, and how setting can help you tell your story.


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  • Ri bàrdachd le Pàdraig MacAoidh agus Daibhidh Eyre
    Thu 9th May - Sun 12th May

    AIRSON FEADHAINN A THA FILEANTA ANN AN GÀIDHLIG


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  • Fiction: Nadifa Mohamed & Alex Wheatle, Guest: Michel Faber
    Mon 29th Apr - Sat 4th May
    Fully Booked

    This course will explore techniques to bring to life the textures of different environments, and how to use setting in relation to character development, tone and plot.


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  • Crime Writing: Allan Guthrie & Stuart MacBride, Guest: Dave Barclay
    Mon 15th Apr - Sat 20th Apr
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    Are you looking for insider secrets on how to write a cracking crime novel? Join two award-winning, bestselling Scottish authors for an in-depth look at how to add punch and depth to your writing.


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  • Poetry: Ron Butlin & Brian McCabe, Guest: Miriam Gamble
    Mon 1st Apr - Sat 6th Apr
    Limited Places Available

    In their workshops, Brian and Ron will help you get in touch with your imagination and give it a voice.


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  • Words from the Hill Ceilidh
    Fri 22nd Mar

    One of Nigeria’s best-known performance artists and poets, Efe Paul Azino is on a mini tour of the Highlands supported by Moniack Mhor.


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  • Creative Writing Workshop at Urquhart Castle
    Wed 20th Mar
    Fully Booked

    Stewart Sanderson will be leading a Creative Writing Workshop to help you tap into the stories and tales that could be told about this unique location.


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  • Creative Writing Workshop at Abriachan Forest Trust
    Wed 13th Mar

    Join us at Abriachan Forest Classroom for a fun and informal afternoon taking inspiration from our surroundings to get writing. Stewart Sanderson.


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  • March Retreat
    Mon 4th Mar - Sat 9th Mar

    Why not put those extra hours of sunlight to good use and work on your story, novel or poetry in the warmth and comfort of Moniack Mhor.


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  • Sgeulachdan na Fèinne agus gaisgich Ghàidhealach eile le Ruairidh MacIlleathain
    Sun 3rd Mar

    AIRSON FEADHAINN A THA FILEANTA ANN AN GÀIDHLIG


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  • Improving your Gaelic through storytelling
    Sun 24th Feb
    Fully Booked

    Airson Luchd-Ionnsachaidh Na Gáidhlig


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  • January Retreat
    Mon 21st Jan - Sat 26th Jan
    Fully Booked

    Start your writing year positively on our January retreat.


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  • December Retreat
    Mon 10th Dec - Sat 15th Dec
    Fully Booked

    Join us for a week where writing time is top priority before Christmas sets in. A manuscript polish could be the perfect treat to yourself. Mulled wine and mince pies included.


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  • Songwriting: Boo Hewerdine & Duke Special, Guest: Eddi Reader
    Mon 3rd Dec - Sat 8th Dec
    Fully Booked

    In this week as well as exploring the fundamentals of songwriting we will look at how exciting a collection of related work can be.


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  • Fred Morrison
    Sun 2nd Dec
    Partnership Course

    Although born and raised near Glasgow, it’s the celebrated Gaelic piping tradition of his father’s native South Uist, in the Outer Hebrides, that forms the bedrock of Fred Morrison’s intensely expressive, uniquely adventurous style.


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  • Short Course: Journalism - Chitra Ramaswamy & Peter Geoghegan
    Thu 29th Nov - Sun 2nd Dec
    Fully Booked

    Through a wide-ranging series of workshops and writers’ surgeries, Chitra Ramaswamy and Peter Geoghegan will examine two of the most important concepts in journalism and non-fiction: the self and place.


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  • Ewan Macpherson Trio
    Sun 25th Nov
    Partnership Course

    Now based in the Highlands Ewan has been working in the music industry for 20 years. As a multi-instrumentalist he is a recognised figure on the vibrant Scottish music scene. Ewan is a founder member of three bands and has taken stages around the world with a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk/roots artists.


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  • From Page to Publication: Jenny Brown & Lisa Highton, Guest: Janet Ellis
    Mon 19th Nov - Sat 24th Nov
    Limited Places Available

    This course offers a different perspective on the writing business, aiming to demystify the process and explain how publishers, agents and authors work together.


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  • Day Workshop: Poetry: Engaging the Senses with Nalini Paul
    Sun 18th Nov
    Fully Booked

    What does the sky taste like? What landscape best describes your mood? What images appear when you hear a certain strain of music?


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  • Taigh Òran (Gaelic Immersion Songwriting) le Màiri Anna NicUalraig agus Griogair Labhruidh
    Mon 12th Nov - Sat 17th Nov

    Cothrom co-obrachaidh le Màiri Anna is Griogair ann an Taigh Òran airson òrain ùra a dhèanamh agus airson mac-meanmna is misneachd a dhùsgadh. Tha fàilte ro sgrìobhaichean ùra agus daoine aig a bheil eòlas air an obair mu thràth.

    A chance to work on new Gaelic Songwriting with Mary Ann and Griogair. Inspiration and inventiveness will be encouraged through a series of workshops and tutorials. This Gaelic immersion course is open to both experienced songwriters and those new to the craft. 


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  • November Retreat
    Mon 5th Nov - Sat 10th Nov

    The longer nights can be heaven for busy writers. Expand that time by joining us for a week with little distraction, and the  permission to concentrate on your work.


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  • Fiction: Nicholas Royle & Tom Fletcher, Guest: Lisa Tuttle
    Mon 29th Oct - Sat 3rd Nov
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    This course will explore the form and the genre and discuss some of the methods and techniques that writers have used to unsettle and frighten even the most level-headed of readers.


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  • October Retreat
    Mon 8th Oct - Sat 13th Oct
    Fully Booked

    The longer nights can be heaven for busy writers. Expand that time by joining us for a week with little distraction, and the  permission to concentrate on your work.


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  • Writing for Radio: Jessica Dromgoole & Katie Hims, Guest: Sebastian Baczkiewicz
    Mon 1st Oct - Sat 6th Oct
    Limited Places Available

    This course will cover all the things we love about writing radio plays. We’ll look at ways of coming up with an initial idea, thinking about acoustics, writing a successful first scene, the relationship between writer and producer, and the end experience of recording in the studio.


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  • Fiction: Nikesh Shukla & Diana Evans, Guest: A. L. Kennedy
    Mon 24th Sep - Sat 29th Sep

    Do you know the feeling – you’re full of ideas, but when you sit down to write that first chapter, verse or scene, life gets in the way?


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  • Short Course: Comic Writing - Mavis Cheek & Helen Lederer
    Thu 13th Sep - Sun 16th Sep
    Limited Places Available

    Wondering how to make your readers smile or – even better – laugh out loud? Wodehouse/Weldon/Lodge/Spark. What actually makes a comic novel comic? And how can you create your own?


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  • Poetry Tutored Retreat: Jen Hadfield & William Letford, Guest: Katrina Naomi
    Mon 3rd Sep - Sat 8th Sep
    Limited Places Available

    Whether you consider yourself a beginner, or an experienced writer, Jen and Billy will be on hand to explore your poetry, offer support, motivation, and detailed advice through one-to-one tutorials.


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  • Historical Fiction: S. G. MacLean & Andrew Taylor, Guest: Lucy Ribchester
    Mon 27th Aug - Sat 1st Sep
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    The purpose of this course is to accelerate the students’ development as writers of historical fiction.


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  • August Retreat #2
    Mon 20th Aug - Sat 25th Aug

    Summer holidays can be full of activity, but not necessarily with regards to your craft. We can promise you the opportunity to focus on your writing, fuelled by fresh fruit from the garden.


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  • Day Workshop: Poetry: Creative Memory with Jacob Polley
    Sun 19th Aug

    Jacob’s workshop will be a mixture of reading new things – or of reading familiar things in a new light – discussion and writing.


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  • August Retreat
    Mon 13th Aug - Sat 18th Aug
    Fully Booked

    Summer holidays can be full of activity, but not necessarily with regards to your craft. We can promise you the opportunity to focus on your writing, fuelled by fresh fruit from the garden.


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  • Fiction Tutored Retreat: Leila Aboulela & Rodge Glass, Guest: Alan Spence
    Mon 6th Aug - Sat 11th Aug
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    This week is an opportunity to develop your ongoing work in a supportive and inspiring environment. Whether stuck in the middle of a project, attempting to whip a messy first draft into decent shape or applying the final tweaks and polish to your manuscript, we will be on hand to offer detailed one-to-one tutorials catered for your individual needs.


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  • Non-Fiction Tutored Retreat: Donald S Murray & Kapka Kassabova, Guest: Richard Beard
    Mon 30th Jul - Sat 4th Aug
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    What is the real-life story or specialist subject you wish to explore in writing? And what is the best form for your content? Over the course of this tutored retreat, you will be working closely with two experienced writers of narrative and themed non-fiction.


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  • Young Adult SF/Fantasy: Joan Lennon & Paul Magrs, Guest: Gill Arbuthnott
    Mon 23rd Jul - Sat 28th Jul
    Limited Places Available

    Have you ever felt put off, thinking you don’t know enough about science – or fantasy – or young people – to write your own YA SF/Fantasy stories? Some of the most page-turning writing being published today is YA SF/Fantasy, and this course will help you become part of it.


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  • Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas at Abriachan Hall
    Wed 18th Jul

    The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling”, and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 18 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

    Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic, etc.). In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who’s who of the fiddle world including Mark O’Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, and many more.

    This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra. The duo’s debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted the Scots Trad Music “Album of the Year” award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Since its release, the two have gone on to record four more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.


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  • Fiction: Janice Galloway & Richard Skinner, Guest: Gail Honeyman
    Mon 16th Jul - Sat 21st Jul
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    This course will give you a set of tools to improve your fiction writing. Alternate workshops with Janice and Richard will guide you on aspects of the tuning up process: sharpening your dialogue, editing, understanding the difference between show and tell, and dramatisation.


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  • Poetry: Tom Pow & Kevin MacNeil, Guest: Gerda Stevenson
    Mon 9th Jul - Sat 14th Jul

    Gaelic ‘waulking songs’, rowing-songs, sea-shanties, market-cries, marching-chants for military recruits in training, work-songs of all kinds raised their voices and used rhythm and rhyme to sing out loud. What is the equivalent in the here and now?


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  • Day Workshop: Performing Your Work with Alan Bissett
    Sun 8th Jul

    It’s inevitable that you’ll find yourself in front of a microphone at a spoken word night, or in a school, or at a book festival, and be expected to give a good account of yourself and your writing. This can be nerve-wracking, but also incredibly exciting.


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  • Moniack Mhor Writing Group
    Sun 1st Jul
    Fully Booked

    Join novelist Cynthia Rogerson for an informal writing group the first Sunday of every month.


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  • Crime: Val McDermid & Louise Welsh, Guest: Mary Paulson-Ellis
    Mon 18th Jun - Sat 23rd Jun
    Fully Booked

    Louise Welsh and Val McDermid will share the lessons they’ve learned from their long and successful crime writing careers and work closely with aspiring writers, to help them shape their work in the genre.


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  • Memoir: Jennie Erdal & Robert Twigger, Guest: Gillian Slovo
    Mon 4th Jun - Sat 9th Jun
    Limited Places Available

    How to write your own story? How best to tell it? What to include, what to leave out? In joint and individual sessions the tutors will offer guidance on the many and varied approaches to life writing, highlighting the importance of place, character, perspective, structure, and the self-reflective voice.


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  • Moniack Mhor Writing Group
    Sun 3rd Jun
    Fully Booked

    Join novelist Cynthia Rogerson for an informal writing group the first Sunday of every month.


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  • Scottish Centre for Geopoetics Highland Stravaig
    Sat 26th May
    Partnership Course

    The Scottish Centre for Geopoetics Highland Stravaig will take place this year in Abriachan, a community set high in the hills above the western shores of Loch Ness.


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  • Innes Watson’s Guitar Colloquium - Abriachan Village Hall
    Sat 19th May
    Partnership Course

    Innes Watson’s Guitar Colloquium portrays new Scottish music for guitar at its very best. Originating in the New Voices series at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in 2011, Innes’ compositions and arrangements for guitars, strings, bass and kit have firmly placed themselves in the bosom of modern Scottish music. Incorporating song and stories he promises to provoke thought and encourage laughter while you’re sitting on the edge of your seat.


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  • Poozies at ABRIACHAN HALL
    Mon 14th May
    Partnership Course

    The ever-adventurous Poozies are back, showing off their fantastic new line-up and all-new material – most of which makes up their hard-hitting new album ‘Punch’. Newbies Sarah McFadyen and Tia Files have joined founding member Mary Macmaster and long-term cohort Eilidh Shaw, and together they continue to play a dazzling, joyfully eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional tunes with beefy, powerful accompaniment, while their perfectly executed songs vary dramatically from Gaelic waulking songs to old-time American, country and pop.

    If there are any tickets left on the day, they will be £12.50 on the door.

     


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  • Moniack Mhor Writing Group
    Sun 13th May
    Fully Booked

    Join novelist Cynthia Rogerson for an informal writing group the first Sunday of every month.


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  • May Retreat
    Mon 7th May - Sat 12th May
    Fully Booked

    Leap into longer days and warmer weather. Enhance that with focused, undisturbed writing time. See what can be created when you have the necessary peace and quiet.


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  • Day Workshop: Flash Fiction with Kit de Waal
    Sun 6th May
    Limited Places Available

    By examining and deconstructing examples of flash from the masters, we will work out how to craft them and discover the elements of what makes a good flash fiction story. Using prompts, pictures and a box of tricks, we will try our hand at writing one or two, editing, refining and perfecting.


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  • Nature Writing: Karen Lloyd & Mark Cocker, Guest: Linda Cracknell
    Mon 30th Apr - Sat 5th May
    Limited Places Available

    Nature writing involves filtering your feelings for the life around through your observations and knowledge. But how do we observe and what do we look at? And how can those experiences then be turned into poetry or prose?


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  • Poetry: Jo Bell & Malika Booker, Guest: Douglas Dunn
    Mon 16th Apr - Sat 21st Apr
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    This week we’ll write about talking, talk about writing, and explore some of the forms that allow us the fullest freedom to express what we want to say in private or public.


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  • saltfishforty at Abriachan Hall
    Fri 13th Apr
    Fully Booked Partnership Course

    Saltfishforty are a dynamic duo from the Orkney Islands. Douglas Montgomery (fiddle/viola) and Brian Cromarty (songs/guitar/mandola) combine the rich traditional music of Orkney with original compositions. The powerhouse partnership has won a devoted following throughout the UK and beyond, brilliantly transcending the duo format’s conventional confines.

    A partnership forged back in 2002 – more by accident than design – the two knew each other since primary school, and played together in sessions and various bands, until they were booked in a four-piece for a charity gig, and only the two turned up: “We decided to go on and just make as much noise as two people possibly could – which is kind of how it’s been ever since”, they say.

    Years later, Saltfishforty have delighted audiences at many of the world’s top folk festivals including Celtic Connections, Cambridge, HebCelt, Shetland, Lorient in Brittany and Canada’s Celtic Colours, as well as touring to the US and throughout Europe. Their focus on Orkney music takes in traditional, contemporary and original material, boldly cross-fertilised with influences from Americana to East European folk, plus a high-octane whiff of heavy metal.

    Check them out at saltfishforty.co.uk

     


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  • Fiction: Cynthia Rogerson & Niall Griffiths, Guest: Graeme Macrae Burnet
    Mon 9th Apr - Sat 14th Apr

    This is a course for confident writers who want to refresh their writing by trying out different techniques. The course will encompass influences from the surrealists, poetry, music and art — all creating an environment whereby true innovative potential is unlocked.


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  • Moniack Mhor Writing Group
    Sun 1st Apr
    Fully Booked

    Join novelist Cynthia Rogerson for an informal writing group the first Sunday of every month.


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  • Moniack Mhor Writing Group
    Sun 4th Mar
    Fully Booked

    Join novelist Cynthia Rogerson for an informal writing group the first Sunday of every month.


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  • February Retreat
    Mon 26th Feb - Sat 3rd Mar
    Fully Booked

    If writing was a recent resolution that hasn’t quite panned out, then this week is for you. Join like minded writers in a supportive environment to fine-tune that draft.


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  • January Retreat
    Mon 22nd Jan - Sat 27th Jan

    This week is the perfect opportunity to establish good writing practice for the year ahead. Enjoy post-Christmas time and space to knuckle down on your work.


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  • Christmas Retreat
    Mon 11th Dec - Sat 16th Dec

    Desperate to get that manuscript redrafted? Or that poetry collection polished off? Our Christmas Retreat is the perfect occasion to do so.


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  • Songwriting: Boo Hewerdine & Findlay Napier Guest: Edwina Hayes
    Mon 4th Dec - Sat 9th Dec

    On this course Edwina and Findlay will guide you as you work on your songwriting skills. Learn about meter, melody, lyrics, chords…. every aspect of song.


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  • Winter Retreat
    Mon 20th Nov - Sat 25th Nov
    Fully Booked

    Tis the season to be writing! Come on our Winter Retreat and cosy up next to a burning stove while you work. Be inspired by the snow-filled landscapes and starry night.


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  • Short Course - Fiction: Louis de Bernières & Tim Pears, Guest: The Bookshop Band
    Thu 16th Nov - Sun 19th Nov
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    Although writers tend to work holistically, it can be helpful to isolate and examine some of the elements of our writing. In this course, novelists Louis de Bernières and Tim Pears will foreground the writing of character, emphasising the importance of such matters as dialogue and silence, action and inaction as means of revealing the inward workings of our characters’ minds.


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  • Short Story: Michèle Roberts & Romesh Gunesekera, Guest: David Constantine
    Mon 30th Oct - Sat 4th Nov
    Limited Places Available

    This course for fiction writers will concentrate on how to re-draft short stories. Re-drafting is a crucial art, indispensably part of writing well. It involves recognising and building on your strengths as a writer, and takes time and practice.


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  • Fiction In A Flash at Tarbert Book Festival
    Sat 28th Oct
    Partnership Course

    In this two hour workshop, which is part of the 2017 Tarbert Book Festival, author, editor and creative writing tutor, Anne Hamilton, will discuss what makes good flash fiction, and guide you through a series of practical writing exercises to help you hone your craft.


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  • October Retreat
    Mon 16th Oct - Sat 21st Oct

    As the nights get longer and the leaves fall, cosy up at Moniack Mhor and get some serious writing done. There will be company of you want it, hearty meals in the evening, but most of all, time and space to concentrate on your project without any distractions.


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  • Fiction Day: The Art of Omission with James Robertson
    Sun 15th Oct
    Fully Booked

    In fiction, we are always being reminded that ‘less is more’, but what does this mean? How do you decide what to leave out, and what is essential?


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  • Songwriting with Findlay Napier & Bella Hardy
    Mon 2nd Oct - Sat 7th Oct
    Partnership Course

    This is a partnership course. An intensive and exhilarating full-board residential course for up to 14 aspiring songwriters in a glorious rural Highland setting. Through focused self-development, as well as collaborative co-writing opportunities, Findlay and Bella will support course participants to write and record an album of new songs on site in a week, under the technical guidance of guest engineer/producer Mattie Foulds.


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  • Performance Poetry: Lemn Sissay & Hollie McNish, Guest: Caroline Bird
    Mon 25th Sep - Sat 30th Sep
    Fully Booked

    The stage can be a frightening place. It needn’t be. The nature of expression through the poems which you have carefully written are what this course is all about. We will show you how to give the words the respect they deserve by exalting them through your voice and physical presence.


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  • Travel: Michelle Jana Chan & Sara Wheeler, Guest: Hugh Thomson
    Mon 18th Sep - Sat 23rd Sep
    Limited Places Available

    Beginning with classic techniques and examples of the most evocative travel writing, this course will bring participants bang up to date with the latest developments in the genre and explore ways and means of working as a travel writer now.


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  • Playwriting: Chris Thorpe & Nicola McCartney, Guest: David Greig
    Mon 11th Sep - Sat 16th Sep
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    Plays come in many different shapes, but to deviate from the norm, you have to understand what you’re deviating from. The week will provide a grounding in classical dramatic structure, and then encourage participants to test their own ideas against it.


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  • Tutored Fiction Retreat: Amanda Smyth & Paul Murray Guest: Jane Harris
    Mon 4th Sep - Sat 9th Sep

    This course will suit writers with a work in progress. If you need an intensive period to focus on something which is nearing completion, this is your chance. Paul and Amanda will be on hand to offer constructive advice in one-to-one tutorials on finishing and those final tweaks to plot and character to help make your work the best it can be.


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  • Nature Writing: Sara Maitland & Mark Cocker, Guest: Gavin Francis
    Mon 28th Aug - Sat 2nd Sep
    Limited Places Available

    Mark and Sara are both nature writers (though of rather different kinds) who believe that seeing and first-hand knowledge are the first essentials. They will offer outdoor activities to help you develop those “forensic” skills as well as a series of workshops on memory, language and narrative.


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  • Fiction: Joanne Harris & Naomi Alderman, Guest: James Runcie
    Mon 21st Aug - Sat 26th Aug
    Fully Booked

    Writing convincing fiction is not unlike building a house. You need a solid foundation, good craftsmanship and the finishing skills to make it feel like yours. This course will outline the elements of fiction with sessions on plot, characterisation, dialogue, creating atmosphere and a session on how to edit once you have put it all together.


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  • Poetry: Peter Sansom & Ann Sansom, Guest: Michael Longley
    Mon 14th Aug - Sat 19th Aug
    Fully Booked

    An intensive but very enjoyable course of writing and reading with ‘the best poetry teachers in the world’ (The Guardian). Taking classic and contemporary poems as model and stimulus, we will create our own new pieces throughout the week.


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  • Short Course - Comic Writing: Jon Canter & Marina Lewycka
    Thu 3rd Aug - Sun 6th Aug
    Fully Booked

    British culture is rich in humour: irony, satire, farce, wordplay, wit, silliness, absurdity, teasing. The first rule of comedy is, there is no rule. So, this course won’t tell you what’s funny and what’s not – that’s up to you. Instead, you’ll discover the techniques writers use to fulfil the comic potential of their characters and plots. No longer will you strive to make every line funny, which soon becomes tiresome (and tired).


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  • Writing for Children: Melvin Burgess & Jenny Valentine, Guest: Gillian Cross
    Mon 24th Jul - Sat 29th Jul
    Fully Booked

    If you are serious about writing original fiction for young people aged from six to sixteen and up, this is the course for you. The week will include individual tutorials and workshops covering such topics as story, character, and voice for children of all ages.


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  • Writing a Biography Workshop with Jennifer Morag Henderson
    Sun 16th Jul

    Topics will include choice of subject and sensitivity in handling material; research methods and research materials, especially the use of libraries, archives and the internet, as well as looking at more unusual sources.


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  • Fiction: Kevin MacNeil & Tiffany Murray, Guest: Patrick Gale
    Mon 10th Jul - Sat 15th Jul
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    This course will cover a range of topics, from the spark of an idea to writing an irresistible opening line; from discovering your characters to shaping a plot; from that messy first draft to becoming your own most helpful critic; and the development of good writing habits to take home.


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  • AIDAN O'ROURKE & KIT DOWNES at Abriachan Village Hall
    Sat 8th Jul

    A new duo that brings together two of the UK’s foremost folk and jazz artists, a sparse and emotive exploration of contemporary folk music.


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  • Memoir: Tim Clare & Sally Magnusson, Guest: Rupert Thomson
    Mon 3rd Jul - Sat 8th Jul
    Fully Booked

    What makes a good story? How do you select those parts of your life that will resonate with other people? Why is less often more? What story-telling techniques are needed to sustain interest? Sally and Tim will guide you through the myriad questions that come up when you are writing from life.


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  • Midsummer Retreat
    Mon 19th Jun - Sat 24th Jun
    Fully Booked

    If you’re planning a summer getaway, why not incorporate some writing time in your trip? Our Midsummer Retreat provides writers with the peace and quiet necessary to crack on with their projects, amid beautiful surroundings.


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  • Starting Out in Poetry: Jo Shapcott & Maura Dooley, Guest Jim Caruth
    Mon 12th Jun - Sat 17th Jun

    Aimed at beginner poets, this course will stimulate fresh work and encourage you to share it. Bring your notebooks and writing tools to explore the many ways poetry brings ideas, stories and emotions to life.


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  • Starting Out in Fiction: Ross Raisin & Cynthia Rogerson, Guest: Jonathan Buckley
    Mon 15th May - Sat 20th May
    Limited Places Available

    A week that will give you the inspiration and the impetus to get writing. Whether you have an idea that has been floating around in your head for a while, or you simply have a yearning to write, the aim of this course is to help you find your direction.


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  • Spring Retreat
    Mon 8th May - Sat 13th May
    Fully Booked

    Step into Spring with some focused writing time, away from the distractions of everyday life. This Retreat will give you the permission to concentrate on that first, third or final draft in a supportive environment.


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  • Poetry Day Workshop with Jo Bell
    Sun 30th Apr
    Fully Booked

    Using plentiful exercises, examples of others’ poetry and with lots of time for discussion, this event will concentrate on universal techniques for improving your work and on generating lots of new poems.


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  • Exploring archives for travel writing: The diaries of Henrietta Liston
    Fri 21st Apr

    Led by writer Malachy Tallack, author of Sixty Degrees North and The Un-Discovered Islands, this workshop will give you a taste of using historical material to inspire your own work. As a starting point for your own imaginings you will look at the diaries of Henrietta Liston, botanist and diplomat’s wife, who travelled around America 200 years ago. Henrietta’s words transport us to another time and to other places – the villages of North Carolina, the lakes of Canada, and the taverns of Virginia.

    This event is brought to you in partnership with the National Library of Scotland.

    Please note this will take place at the Highland Archive Centre, not Moniack Mhor. 


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  • Fiction: Lesley Glaister & Andrew Greig, Guest: Ruth Thomas
    Mon 17th Apr - Sat 22nd Apr
    Limited Places Available

    Maybe you’ve started writing stories or novels but always run aground? Or maybe you’ve completed a writing project but have a nagging feeling that it could be better? In this course we’ll help you hone your writing skills and offer encouragement and strategies to help you develop further as a writer.


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  • Crime: Stuart MacBride & Louise Welsh, Guest: Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
    Mon 10th Apr - Sat 15th Apr
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    Good crime writing makes a reader’s heart race and their stomach turn. Stuart and Louise will share their techniques, tips and experience to show you how it is done.


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  • Exploring Archives for Historical Fiction with Margaret Elphinstone
    Wed 15th Mar

    As a starting point for your own imaginings, this workshop, led by novelist Margaret Elphinstone, will look at the diaries of Henrietta Liston, botanist and diplomat’s wife, who travelled around America 200 years ago. Henrietta’s words transport us to the villages of North Carolina, the dining rooms of Philadelphia, and the taverns of Virginia. With the opportunity to try writing exercises, this workshop gives you a taste of using historical material to inspire and inform your own work.

    This event is brought to you in partnership with the National Library of Scotland.

     

     


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  • Roddy Woomble, Kathryn Williams & Rachel Sermanni in concert at Abriachan Hall
    Thu 23rd Feb

    An unmissable chance to see these songwriting greats perform.


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  • Songwriting: Roddy Woomble & Kathryn Williams, Guest: Rachel Sermanni
    Mon 20th Feb - Sat 25th Feb
    Limited Places Available

    Spend a week at Moniack Mhor with two experienced musicians and songwriters to explore the mysterious idea of songs and songwriting. Why do we do it, what does it mean?


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  • February Retreat
    Mon 13th Feb - Sat 18th Feb

    Ease yourself gently from winter into the beginning of spring. Get away from everything and allow yourself the time to dedicate yourself to your work.


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  • January Retreat
    Mon 23rd Jan - Sat 28th Jan
    Fully Booked

    If writing is a recent resolution, our January Retreat is the perfect opportunity to stick to it. Join like-minded writers in a peaceful setting to knuckle down and see what happens.


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  • Science Fiction & Fantasy - Pippa Goldschmidt & Juliet McKenna, Guest: Ken MacLeod
    Mon 5th Dec - Sat 10th Dec
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    Science fiction and fantasy rely on imaginative evocations of new worlds. This course will teach you how to use specific and accidental observations of real-life objects, individuals and their histories in your writing.


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  • Winter Retreat
    Mon 28th Nov - Sat 3rd Dec
    Fully Booked

    Great things are produced when the days are short and dark.


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  • Rally & Broad Masterclass with Caroline Bird
    Fri 25th Nov - Sun 27th Nov
    Partnership Course

    Rally & Broad is thrilled to announce its third and final masterclass weekend of 2016. We’re taking to the hills for a residential weekend with award winning poet, playwright and performer Caroline Bird at Moniack Mhor.

    Please note: this is a partnership course.


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  • Another Time, Another Place film screening
    Thu 17th Nov

    Moniack Mhor is working in partnership with the National Library of Scotland and Eden Court Cinema to screen Another Time, Another Place at Eden Court followed by a talk by Scots Scriever, Hamish MacDonald, who is based at the National Library of Scotland.


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  • Nature Writing - Sir John Lister-Kaye & Helen Macdonald, Guest: Kathleen Jamie
    Mon 14th Nov - Sat 19th Nov
    Fully Booked

    All nature writing requires a certain philosophical observation and reflection. The tutors will share their secrets of literary prowess and how writing links to love of the natural world.


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  • Poetry Day with Liz Lochhead
    Sun 13th Nov
    Fully Booked

    ‘Go in fear of abstraction,’ said Ezra Pound. ‘There is genius in the particular, never the general.’ But how to choose which details to use in poems? Let Scotland’s Poet Laureate stimulate you with workshops and discussion, and find your own particular.


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  • Tutored Novel Retreat: Doug Johnstone Guest: Naomi Wood
    Mon 7th Nov - Sat 12th Nov
    Fully Booked

    This course is an opportunity to immerse yourself in that novel and bring out your voice. The course will begin with workshops on aspects of novel writing, with plenty of unstructured time to write.


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  • What Do Publishers Want? with Francis Bickmore from Canongate
    Sun 30th Oct

    Frances Bickmore is a senior editor at Canongate Publishing. In a chaired event, he will unravel the various mysteries and conundrums of the publishing world.


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  • Jessie Kesson Ceilidh
    Fri 28th Oct

    Join us for a traditional ceilidh of poems, songs, dance and readings to celebrate Jessie Kesson’s life and work.


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  • Poetry workshop: John Glenday
    Tue 4th Oct

    Poetry is all about making words memorable, and this workshop will offer ideas and tips for turning turn your poem into ‘a little machine for remembering itself’.


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  • Illustrating & Writing - Mairi Hedderwick & Bob Dewar, Guest: Alan Digby
    Mon 3rd Oct - Sat 8th Oct
    Limited Places Available

    Sometimes the words come first with storytelling, and sometimes art tells the story first. Both tutors are that rare hybrid, both artist and writer. Enjoy a week of exploring how others use language and art together, and be prepared to try something new with your own work. Art materials will be provided for the workshops.


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  • Gaelic Workshop: Catriona Lexy Campbell
    Tue 27th Sep

    Catriona will be reading from her series of dystopian novels for young adults, The Pretty Learning, and discussing the most effective techniques for writing stories of this kind.


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  • Fiction Retreat - Ian Stephen & Elizabeth Reeder, Guest: Andrew O'Hagan
    Mon 26th Sep - Sat 1st Oct
    Limited Places Available

    ‘You can’t wait for inspiration,’ said Jack London. ‘You have to go after it with a club.’ With a series of one-to-one tutorials, these tutors will arm you with clubs to grab the creative energy necessary for your writing. The tutors will draw upon years of experience as professional writers to help you take away anxieties about the act of writing and relish the hunt for a form which can only be found in the language.


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  • Illustrating your work: Mairi Hedderwick
    Sat 24th Sep

    This workshop will provide an introduction to the principles of illustration. Mairi Hedderwick will demonstrate her particular methods and examples of other illustrator’s style and interpretation. Participants will gain the opportunity to discuss and experiment with materials and techniques.


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  • Autumn Stories: Caroline Bird & Karen Campbell, Guest: Michel Faber
    Mon 19th Sep - Sat 24th Sep

    How do we ‘glimpse’ our own lives, as if for the first time? Experience the thrill of the unknown, in our own backyard? Join tutors Caroline Bird & Karen Campbell for a week’s residential course to explore new ways of seeing, new ways of writing and hidden doors.


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  • Fiction - Todd McEwen & Lucy Ellmann, Guest: Andrew Greig
    Mon 12th Sep - Sat 17th Sep

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  • Autumn Retreat
    Mon 12th Sep - Sat 17th Sep
    Fully Booked

    As the colours turn and the nights begin to draw in, join us at Moniack Mhor for an uninterrupted week of writing. There will be roaring fires, company in the evenings, and plenty of delicious food to fuel those literary fires. This retreat offers single rooms only, so you can fully focus on your writing.


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  • Writing the news: Catherine Deveney
    Tue 6th Sep

    This journalism workshop explains the basic skills needed to write for newspapers. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about journalism and find out about the latest opportunities in media training and careers.


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  • Historical Fiction - Isla Dewar & Margaret Elphinstone, Guest: James Robertson
    Mon 5th Sep - Sat 10th Sep
    Limited Places Available

    Historical fiction is about entering the inner world of characters who live in another time. This course will look at ways of writing convincingly about the past without research overwhelming the story or swamping the characters. We will focus on character and plot development, style and narrative voice within a historical context, and how to use research to construct a past world as authentically as possible.


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  • Short Story Workshop: Karen Campbell
    Sat 3rd Sep

    If the novel is like a panorama on life, should a short story be just a blink? Or can a snapshot capture whole worlds? Come and find out with tutor Karen Campbell.


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  • Starting Out In Poetry - Carol Ann Duffy & Michael Woods, Guest: John Sampson
    Mon 29th Aug - Sat 3rd Sep
    Fully Booked

    This is a course for new poets. There will be morning and afternoon workshops and evening events after dinner, plus time throughout the week to write alone.


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  • Travel Writing - Jay Griffiths & Rory MacLean, Guest: Katharine Norbury
    Mon 22nd Aug - Sat 27th Aug
    Fully Booked

    Of what value is travel writing in a discovered world? In re-translating the world, in fact, in the personal journey and in the imaginative quest. Through workshops, tutorials and discussions, this course will explore the transformation of our ordinary encounters and epic journeys into articles, stories and books as we revisit old ground with new questions.


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  • Poetry Day with Diana Hendry and Hamish Whyte
    Sun 21st Aug

    The aim of this day is to produce a finished poem on the theme of Family, exploring a variety of forms, e.g. letter poems, story poems, elegiac poems. The course will include a workshop, discussion, readings and, if time, a brief talk on the pleasures and perils of poetry publishing.


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  • Finding your voice: Cynthia Rogerson
    Sat 20th Aug

    You’ve got the idea and the characters, but your story lacks flow and plausibility? A strong narative voice is essential in engaging the reader, but how does a writer find their unique voice? Come along to explore various techniques for finding the perfect narrative voice.


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  • Starting Out In Fiction - M.J. Hyland & Zoe Strachan, Guest: Tessa Hadley
    Mon 15th Aug - Sat 20th Aug
    Fully Booked

    We learn the craft of fiction through years of work, and the path can be long and lonely. This course is designed to hasten your ‘apprenticeship’ by giving you invaluable insights in a supportive, practice-based workshop environment.


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  • Young Adult Fiction: Martyn Bedford & Cat Clarke, Guest: Anne Fine
    Mon 1st Aug - Sat 6th Aug
    Limited Places Available

    Want to reach the teen audience, but unsure how to hit the right tone? Make your story a page-turning read? Develop credible characters without cliché? Through a series of workshops and tutorials, the tutors will guide you through the intimidating morass of how to address and engage an audience of readers on the verge of adulthood.


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  • Jessie Kesson Words in the Landscape Workshop with Linda Cracknell
    Sun 31st Jul
    Fully Booked

    Join us for a place-inspired workshop tutored by Linda Cracknell, including a walk through the landscape of Abriachan, tracing the footsteps of Jessie Kesson, followed by a writing session on the Straw Bale Studio


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  • Short Story - Julian Gough and Susie Maguire, Guest: Bernard MacLaverty
    Mon 25th Jul - Sat 30th Jul
    Limited Places Available

    The short story form is a logical compromise between the intimacy of a poem and the artifice of a novel. Writing a good short story is like discovering a shortcut to love. Yes, it will dissolve after a while, but then you just need to think of another story to write.


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  • Summer Stories: Elizabeth Reeder & Kevin MacNeil, Guest: A L Kennedy
    Mon 18th Jul - Sat 23rd Jul

    Through workshops and one-to-one tutorials, this residential week will help you test out techniques and approaches that will get you to your best, most imaginative writing.


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  • Tutored Retreat: Poetry Collection - John Glenday & Jen Hadfield, Guest: Anne MacLeod
    Mon 11th Jul - Sat 16th Jul

    Transforming a body of work into a poetry collection can be playful, surprising and intensely creative. This is a course for poets who wish to focus on the different ways of editing – and growing – a collection from their body of work.


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  • Tutored Memoir Retreat - Kapka Kassabova & Rachel Kelly, Guest: Richard Holloway
    Mon 4th Jul - Sat 9th Jul
    Only Twin Rooms Available

    This is a course for writers at any level, who are ready to turn personal experience into something artistically whole and readable. The week will offer time to focus on your work, as well as several tailored tutorials with each tutor.


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  • Playwriting Day - Hamish MacDonald
    Sun 3rd Jul

    Come for a relaxed day of exploration and experimentation with one of the Highlands’ most prolific and successful playwrights. This course is open to writers at any level, including those who have yet to pick up a pen.


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  • Summer Retreat
    Mon 27th Jun - Sat 2nd Jul
    Fully Booked

    Take some time away from everything in the beautiful surroundings of Moniack Mhor to get some serious writing done on this summer retreat. Bring your ideas and your writing materials for a week with like minded writers and the chance to make some real headway with those writing projects.


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  • Finding a plot that works: Cynthia Rogerson
    Wed 22nd Jun

    Is an original plot possible? Does a plot evolve in the writing, or must a writer begin with a clear plan? This session will investigate the importance of plot and its possibilities, and suggest different ways of telling stories.


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  • Midsummer Retreat
    Mon 20th Jun - Sat 25th Jun
    Fully Booked

    No more procrastinating, no more excuses. It’s time to start that novel, finish that play, hone those poems! Come to Moniack Mhor in the summe, where the sun sets for a few brief hours, and work in splendid peace and quiet.


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  • Poetry workshop: John Glenday
    Thu 16th Jun

    Poetry is all about making words memorable, and this workshop will offer ideas and tips for turning turn your poem into ‘a little machine for remembering itself’.


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  • Crime Fiction - Andrew Taylor & Laura Wilson, Guest: Christopher Brookmyre
    Mon 13th Jun - Sat 18th Jun

    The purpose of this course is to accelerate the students’ development as crime writers. We will examine how to hook the reader and create suspense.


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  • Gaining inspiration for your work: Cynthia Rogerson
    Wed 8th Jun

    Where do story ideas come from? How does a writer use experience, observation and imagination to create a story? The world is heaving with inspiration for writers. This workshop will encourage experimentation with that abundance of material.


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  • Tutored Fiction Retreat - Michel Faber & Emily Mackie, Guest: Michael F Russell
    Mon 23rd May - Sat 28th May

    This course is for those who want to take their writing further, looking at the nitty-gritty of writing technique. Whether your portfolio consists of unfinished work or you’re editing a completed novel, this course will help you fine tune what’s in hand.


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  • Poetry - Christine De Luca, Guest: MiKo Berry
    Mon 16th May - Sat 21st May

    Learn ways of looking at the world, and experiment with new ways of conveying this with language.


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  • Fiction - Jane Rogers, Guest: Helen Dunmore
    Mon 2nd May - Sat 7th May

    Through workshops, meeting each student several times during the week, and close reading and critiquing, the tutors will kick-start your stories back into life.


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  • Under the Skin with Michel Faber
    Sun 24th Apr

    Based on the novel by Michel Faber, Under The Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grow too comfortable with her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results.


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  • Songwriting with Findlay Napier and Karine Polwart
    Mon 18th Apr - Sat 23rd Apr

    Through focused self-development as well as collaborative co-writing opportunities, course participants will write and record a demo album of new songs on site in a week.


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  • Crime Writing - Dreda Say Mitchell & Simon Brett, Guest: Sue Black
    Mon 11th Apr - Sat 16th Apr

    Good crime fiction makes compulsive reading. These successful crime writers will offer insights into plotting, characterisation, embedding clues and building suspense through writing exercises, workshops and one to one tutorials. This week’s guest is a forensics professor, so bring your scientific questions.


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  • Short Course: Starting Out in Fiction - Tiffany Murray & Raffaella Barker, Guest: A.L. Kennedy
    Thu 31st Mar - Sun 3rd Apr

    Work with experienced writers to engage your imagination and reach your full writing potential. Develop your ideas in a beautiful, inspiring setting free from the distractions of the modern world.


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  • Poetry Day - Writing Poems with Jo Shapcott
    Sun 13th Mar

    Enjoy a day with one of Britain’s best loved poets, and explore your own poetic potential in the company of fellow poetry lovers.


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  • Walking Retreat - Guest: Emily Rhodes
    Mon 7th Mar - Sat 12th Mar

    Join us for this retreat with a difference: plenty of time and space to focus on your work in progress with a mid-week leg and brain stretcher.


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  • Taigh Stòiridh - Alison Lang & Domhnall S Moireach/House of Stories in Gaelic - Alison Lang & Donald S Murray
    Mon 18th Jan - Sun 21st Feb

    Cùrsa Sgrìobhaidh Chruthachail Ann an com-pàirteachas le Fèisean nan Gàidheal – A bheil sgrìobhadh cruthachail a còrdadh ribh? A bheil ùidh agaibh ann an Gàidhlig agus a’ chultair? Carson nach clàraich sibh airson cùrsa-còmhnaidh a bhios toirt dhuibh na sgilean a tha dhìth oirbh gus a bhith sgrìobhadh ann an Gàidhlig. Bheir ar luchd-teagaisg dhuibh blasad de bhàrdachd, rosg, sgrìobhadh airson àrd-ùrlar agus iomadh cruth eile.


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  • Creative Writing Workshop with Alan Bissett
    Wed 13th Jan

    This workshop will be rescheduled for February. Check back for updates.


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  • Creative Writing Workshop with Alan Bissett
    Tue 12th Jan

    We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Bike Shed in Inverness to bring you a series of creative writing workshops with tutor Alan Bissett. This is a great chance to glean tips and tricks from one of Scotland’s best known modern writers. Expect a blend of motivating writing exercises, performance advice and lots of banter.


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  • Songwriting - What Next? With Boo Hewerdine & Edwina Hayes, Guest: Martin Stephenson
    Mon 11th Jan - Sat 16th Jan

    On this songwriting week Edwina and Boo will work with you on your songwriting skills. Meter, melody, lyrics, chords…. every aspect of song. Let us give you the tools to allow your inspiration to be realised.


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  • Short Retreat
    Thu 10th Dec - Sun 13th Dec

    This short retreat offers a chance to focus on your work in inspiring surroundings.


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  • The 39 Steps film & lecture with Andrew Martin
    Sun 6th Dec

    Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre and the National Library of Scotland join in the screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film adaptation of The 39 Steps, after which Andrew Martin will discuss the enduring appeal of John Buchan’s classic yarn of a man on the run, celebrating the genius of both author and director, 100 years on from the novel’s first publication.


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  • Finding Your Voice with Cynthia Rogerson
    Wed 2nd Dec

    Are you in a point of view quandary? Wondering how to approach your story? Or are you simply looking for your own voice? This workshop will explore various aspects of narration.


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  • House of Stories - Cliff Yates & Jess Richards, Guest Kapka Kassabova
    Mon 30th Nov - Sat 5th Dec

    Interested in writing but don’t know where to start? Join tutors Cliff Yates and Jess Richards to explore new ways of expressing your voice – or that of your characters. Through group workshops and one-to-one tutorials, they will help you discover how best to get your ideas on the page. You will also get to know other young people from the Highlands in the creative atmosphere at Moniack Mhor.


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  • Val McDermid: a Book Week Scotland event at the National Library of Scotland
    Fri 27th Nov

    Join Scotland’s celebrated and best-selling novelist Val McDermid as she discusses her literary inspirations with critic Stuart Kelly.


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  • Stories from the Shelves with Val McDermid
    Fri 27th Nov

    This is an exciting opportunity to spend an afternoon with best-selling novelist Val McDermid in the surroundings of the National Library of Scotland. Using Library collections as a stimulus and inspiration, this workshop will offer the chance to develop writing skills and creative ideas. FULLY BOOKED.


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  • Exploring Theme with Cynthia Rogerson
    Wed 25th Nov

    Wondering how to decide on a theme, or what your story’s theme is? How to keep it running through your story effectively, ensuring your narrative doesn’t forget what it’s about? This workshop will focus on theme, and how to make it work for your story.


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  • Creative Writing Workshop with Alan Bissett
    Tue 24th Nov

    We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Bike Shed in Inverness to bring you a series of creative writing workshops with tutor Alan Bissett. This is a great chance to glean tips and tricks from one of Scotland’s best known modern writers. Expect a blend of motivating writing exercises, performance advice and lots of banter.


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  • Lifting the Lid on Scottish Publishing with Adrian Searle
    Sat 21st Nov

    With a clutch of awards, publisher Adrian Searle lifts the lid on founding a new imprint from scratch, dishing the dirt on the saints and sinners, the highs and lows, and why publishing is like owning a football club for poor, literate Guardian readers.


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  • Creating Character Workshop with Cynthia Rogerson
    Thu 19th Nov

    Wondering how to breathe life into fictional people? Make them come alive for your readers? Learn some of the secrets to creating credible characters. Workshops are open to anyone aged 12-25 and are free of charge.


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  • Writing from Life Workshop with Cynthia Rogerson
    Wed 18th Nov

    Whether you want to write your own history or fictionalise it, this workshop will look at ways of handling personal experience without feeling exposed or losing friends. Workshops are open to anyone aged 12-25 and are free of charge.


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  • Comic Novel Writing - Helen Lederer & Ian Macpherson, Guest: John Hegley
    Thu 12th Nov - Sun 15th Nov

    Wondering how to make your readers smile or – even better – laugh out loud while also exciting them with a punchy plot? What actually makes a comic novel comic? Join us as we laugh our way towards success.


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  • Getting Started with Cynthia Rogerson
    Wed 11th Nov

    Do you feel frozen at the starting line? Overwhelmed with options and stories, and unable to begin? This workshop will introduce you to some literary techniques, including finding inspiration and building the confidence to keep going.


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  • Playwriting - Simon Stephens & Lucy Kirkwood, Guest Laura Wade
    Mon 2nd Nov - Sat 7th Nov

    An active interrogation on the mechanics of playwriting, this course will creatively examine the use of dramatic action, character, location, narrative and structure in the making of a play


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  • What Literary Agents Do with Jenny Brown
    Sun 1st Nov

    You’ve at last written the words The End – but what happens to your manuscript now? Literary agent Jenny Brown advises how to get your work noticed by agents and editors, and gives an overview of your options, from traditional publishing, independent presses – to going it alone by self-publishing.


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  • Fiction Retreat - Chris Dolan & Dilys Rose
    Thu 29th Oct - Sun 1st Nov

    Stuck with a story or novel chapter? This is an opportunity to receive individual feedback from both tutors on one draft story or novel chapter and to make a work in progress a working story/chapter.


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  • Page Fright with Morag Joss - Bristol Festival of Literature
    Fri 16th Oct

    Moniack Mhor is delighted to be sponsoring this event at the Bristol Festival of Literature.
    A workshop that takes a fresh and surprising look at the entire notion of ‘inspiration’ and dispels the trepidation, familiar to nearly all writers, of the blank page or empty screen.
    Please note, this event is not at Moniack Mhor


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  • Creative writing workshop with Catriona Lexy Campbell
    Wed 14th Oct

    Taking inspiration from the Gaelic collections at the National Library of Scotland, novelist and children’s author Catriona Lexy Campbell will lead this dual-language workshop for anyone interested in improving their creative writing and Gaelic language skills.
    Please note, this event is not at Moniack Mhor.


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