As you’ll already know, the Highlands are a peaty hotbed of writing activity and there’s plenty of help and inspiration to be had. Follow the links to find courses, workshops, and support from highland arts organisations. 

Look further down the list for stuff from the rest of Scotland.

 Click on a title or web address to visit the organisation’s site.

Highland-based resources

Actually a UK-wide organisation, but with a residential writing school at Moniack Mhor near Beauly. Not cheap but grants are available and people who’ve been on a course generally rave about it.

“… a nurturing environment where newcomers can begin writing, and existing writers can expand their skills and hone their craft.”

(Quote from A.F. website) 

Centre Directors Cynthia Rogerson, Rachel Humphries. Administrator Lyndy Batty.

Teavarran, Kiltarlity, Beauly
Inverness-shireTel: 01463 741675
Email: moniackmhor@arvonfoundation.org

Two retreats per year at Glencanisp Lodge

“There are no qualifications required to come and no compulsory activities, just an opportunity for writers to develop their work in progress in a peaceful and stunningly beautiful environment.”

(Quote from website.) 


Mandy Haggith
Tel: +44 (0)1571 844020
Mobile: +44 (0)7734 235704


Highlands & Islands Arts Ltd -the arts and cultural development agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Funded by Highlands & Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Arts Council. Offer funding and support for creative development, and have an online journal, Northings, with news of couses and events.



“a loose network of writers who keep contact with each other for the purpose of critiquing and encouraging each other’s work.”

(Quote from HISSAC website.)

Annual open short story competition.

Email: info@hissac.co.uk
Post: 20 Lochslin, Balintore, Easter Ross, Scotland, UK IV20 1UP

“… the leading agency for the promotion of literature in Scotland.”

(Quote from SBT website.)

News, mentoring, awards programmes, promotion of Scottish writing. The website has a list of literary agents in Scotland.

Scottish Book Trust
Sandeman House
Trunk’s Close
55 High Street
T: 0131 524 0160
F: 0131 524 0161
E: info@scottishbooktrust.com

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