Another chance to write and study with Stephen Keeler, this weekend course runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.

Past participants have praised Stephen for his teaching and commitment to making the weekend constructive for all who take part.

Do you have a novel to finish? To start? Poems to rework or just get down on paper (or screen)? Perhaps you’ve a short story or two to tell, or a memoir sketch or episode to write? The Third Macphail Centre Writing Weekend could be just the opportunity you’re looking for.
The Macphail Centre Creative Writing Weekend offers new and developing writers five guided, classroom-based writing sessions designed to explore form and function, to get the creative juices flowing and to facilitate experimentation. Participants are encouraged to read and discuss their work, and provision is made for those who choose to have a short one-to-one mentor session with the course tutor.
In addition to the classroom-based sessions there is an extended writing session of up to six hours during which participants can work on a project they bring with them or on one provided by the course tutor. Overnight writing assignments will be set each evening.
The Weekend is suitable for anyone who writes and wants to write more and better. Participants are encouraged to bring whatever writing materials they are most comfortable using. A writer’s notebook will be provided for each participant, together with session and reference handouts.
Stephen Keeler, the course tutor, is a teacher and a published writer. He has been teaching creative writing courses at the Macphail Centre since 2011, and won the first Highland Literary Salon poetry prize in 2012. In 2015 Stephen received a Scottish Book Trust New Writing Award. He has appeared on stage reading his work alongside Elvis McGonagall, and is currently working on a series of recordings, a number of pamphlets and a first collection of poems. He regularly writes reviews and interviews for Northwords Now and is featured on L G Thomson’s ‘Thrillers With Attitude’ blog, a Literary Smorgasbord.
The Macphail Centre offers an excellent study environment and comfortable classrooms in a well-equipped arts centre on a high school campus in the beautiful fishing village of Ullapool on the shores of Loch Broom in Ross-shire, north-west Scotland.
The village has numerous hotels and reasonably-priced B and B guest houses. There are cafés, bars and pubs, several galleries and two excellent independent bookshops.
For further information and a sample programme, please contact Chris Brotherston or Yvonne Boa at Macphail Centre.
Tel 01854 613336 or

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The Macphail Centre

13 -15 November 2015


How to book:
From the Macphail Centre Office or telephone 01854 613336