Highland cattle and other miracles of writing at Moniack Mhor

In February I had the chance to attend a week-long retreat at Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s creative writing centre near Inverness, and I’ve rarely been so nervous before anything. The Monday-to-Saturday retreat is a big part of the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards that I won in January, but I wasn’t at all sure how I’d fare, or whether I could cope with so much untrammeled writing time.

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20 tips on writing vivid characters from SCBWI SE Scotland teach-in

Tangible figures, like these Playmobil, can help you visualise the action from the character's point of view
Tangible figures, like these Playmobil, can help you visualise the action from the character’s point of view

SCBWI Southeast Scotland had our second successful teach-in at the Edinburgh Central Library this weekend, and we were delighted to welcome 17 attendees in total. If you’re writing a children’s book or you’re an illustrator wanting to get into picture books, you’re welcome to come along and find out what we’re all about.

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