Past Courses & Events


  • Short Course - Editing: Francesca Main & Nathan Filer
    Thu 22nd Aug - Sun 25th Aug
    All Day
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Screenwriting: Hugh Stoddart & Line Langbeck, Guest Andrea Gibb
    Mon 12th Aug - Sat 17th Aug
    All Day
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

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

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Writing for Young Adults: Jenny Valentine & Keith Gray, Guest Lindsey Fraser
    Mon 29th Jul - Sat 3rd Aug
    12:00am
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

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

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

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

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

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


    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. 

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Fiction - Novel: James Robertson & Cynthia Rogerson, Guest: Helen Oyeyemi
    Mon 10th Jun - Sat 15th Jun
    All Day
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Day Workshop: Poetry: The Colours of Summer led by Anne MacLeod
    Sun 9th Jun
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Gráinne Brady at Abriachan Hall
    Wed 5th Jun
    7:30pm - 11:00pm


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

    Takes place at: Abriachan ViIlage Hall,

  • Songwriting: Kathryn Williams & Colin MacIntyre, Guest: Kathryn Joseph
    Mon 3rd Jun - Sat 8th Jun
    All Day
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • May Retreat
    Mon 20th May - Sat 25th May
    12:00am
    Fully Booked

    Come and join us and let your writing productivity flourish.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

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


    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

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


    AIRSON FEADHAINN A THA FILEANTA ANN AN GÀIDHLIG

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

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

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Crime Writing: Allan Guthrie & Stuart MacBride, Guest: Dave Barclay
    Mon 15th Apr - Sat 20th Apr
    All Day
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

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

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

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Words from the Hill Ceilidh
    Fri 22nd Mar
    7:30pm - 9:30pm


    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.

    Takes place at: Abriachan ViIlage Hall,

  • Creative Writing Workshop at Urquhart Castle
    Wed 20th Mar
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    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.

    Takes place at: Urquhart Castle,

  • Creative Writing Workshop at Abriachan Forest Trust
    Wed 13th Mar
    2:00pm - 4:00pm


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

    Takes place at: Abriachan Forest Trust,

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


    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Sgeulachdan na Fèinne agus gaisgich Ghàidhealach eile le Ruairidh MacIlleathain
    Sun 3rd Mar
    10:00am - 4:00pm


    AIRSON FEADHAINN A THA FILEANTA ANN AN GÀIDHLIG

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Improving your Gaelic through storytelling
    Sun 24th Feb
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    Fully Booked

    Airson Luchd-Ionnsachaidh Na Gáidhlig

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

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

    Start your writing year positively on our January retreat.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • December Retreat
    Mon 10th Dec - Sat 15th Dec
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Songwriting: Boo Hewerdine & Duke Special, Guest: Eddi Reader
    Mon 3rd Dec - Sat 8th Dec
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Fred Morrison
    Sun 2nd Dec
    7:30pm - 10:30pm
    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.

    Takes place at: Abriachan ViIlage Hall,

  • Short Course: Journalism - Chitra Ramaswamy & Peter Geoghegan
    Thu 29th Nov - Sun 2nd Dec
    All Day
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Ewan Macpherson Trio
    Sun 25th Nov
    7:30pm - 11:00pm
    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.

    Takes place at: Abriachan ViIlage Hall,

  • From Page to Publication: Jenny Brown & Lisa Highton, Guest: Janet Ellis
    Mon 19th Nov - Sat 24th Nov
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Day Workshop: Poetry: Engaging the Senses with Nalini Paul
    Sun 18th Nov
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    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?

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

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


    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 […]

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • November Retreat
    Mon 5th Nov - Sat 10th Nov
    5:00pm - 10:00am


    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Fiction: Nicholas Royle & Tom Fletcher, Guest: Lisa Tuttle
    Mon 29th Oct - Sat 3rd Nov
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • October Retreat
    Mon 8th Oct - Sat 13th Oct
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Writing for Radio: Jessica Dromgoole & Katie Hims, Guest: Sebastian Baczkiewicz
    Mon 1st Oct - Sat 6th Oct
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Fiction: Nikesh Shukla & Diana Evans, Guest: A. L. Kennedy
    Mon 24th Sep - Sat 29th Sep
    5:00pm - 10:00am


    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?

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Short Course: Comic Writing - Mavis Cheek & Helen Lederer
    Thu 13th Sep - Sun 16th Sep
    All Day
    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?

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Poetry Tutored Retreat: Jen Hadfield & William Letford, Guest: Katrina Naomi
    Mon 3rd Sep - Sat 8th Sep
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Historical Fiction: S. G. MacLean & Andrew Taylor, Guest: Lucy Ribchester
    Mon 27th Aug - Sat 1st Sep
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    Only Twin Rooms Available

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

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

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


    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Day Workshop: Poetry: Creative Memory with Jacob Polley
    Sun 19th Aug
    10:00am - 4:00pm


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

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • August Retreat
    Mon 13th Aug - Sat 18th Aug
    All Day
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Fiction Tutored Retreat: Leila Aboulela & Rodge Glass, Guest: Alan Spence
    Mon 6th Aug - Sat 11th Aug
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Non-Fiction Tutored Retreat: Donald S Murray & Kapka Kassabova, Guest: Richard Beard
    Mon 30th Jul - Sat 4th Aug
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Young Adult SF/Fantasy: Joan Lennon & Paul Magrs, Guest: Gill Arbuthnott
    Mon 23rd Jul - Sat 28th Jul
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas at Abriachan Hall
    Wed 18th Jul
    7:30pm - 11:00pm


    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 […]

    Takes place at: Abriachan ViIlage Hall,

  • Fiction: Janice Galloway & Richard Skinner, Guest: Gail Honeyman
    Mon 16th Jul - Sat 21st Jul
    5:00pm - 10:00am
    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Poetry: Tom Pow & Kevin MacNeil, Guest: Gerda Stevenson
    Mon 9th Jul - Sat 14th Jul
    5:00pm - 10:00am


    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?

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

  • Day Workshop: Performing Your Work with Alan Bissett
    Sun 8th Jul
    10:00am - 4:00pm


    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.

    Takes place at: Moniack Mhor,

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