Crime Writing at Moniack Mhor with Val McDermid & Louise Welch, plus a mystery guest reader

Sunday, April 19th 2015

Whilst on a trip around bookshops last week in London I stumbled across the brochure for Moniack Mhor – Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre.

This was a new one on me, but the Crime Writing Course they have on offer makes me tempted to jack in my job and set off trekking towards the highlands right now with laptop on my back. The course is from Monday 25th May – Saturday 30th May so, if I set off now, I should get there in time ….

According to the website, it is already fully booked (I’m not surprised) but there is a waiting list:

Crime-Val-McDermid-Louise-WelshWant to know how to make a reader’s heart rate increase? Their stomach turn? Two of Scotland’s finest crime writers will show you how it’s done by exploring character and plot development, and most importantly, tension-building techniques. Val and Louise will also cover research techniques, and support you in developing your work, whatever stage you are at.

Val McDermid is an internationally best-selling award winning writer. She has published 28 crime novels, children’s fiction, non-fiction, radio drama and short stories. She is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio4. She lives in Edinburgh.

Louise Welsh is the author of six novels including The Cutting Room, Naming the Bones, and A Lovely Way to Burn. She also writes for radio and stage, including librettos. She was the writer in residence for the Universtiy of Glasgow, and Glasgow School of Art.

The identity of the guest reader is, appropriately, a thrilling mystery.

This course is now fully booked. Please contact us on or 01463 741 675 to be added to the waiting list.

Here’s the LINK to the website for this and the other courses on offer.


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