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Monday, 12 March 2018


I am very pleased to tell you that I am now running a writing retreat in Scotland with my husband, Alex Walters, and we are holding a crime writing course in April. Details are below.


23-27 April 2018 

This retreat is aimed at participants who are writing crime fiction and now want to take the next steps to getting their work published.  We'll cover topics such as:

•    Working with crime genres – what do readers, agents and publishers expect? 

•    Writing a series or a standalone 

•    Creating interesting, credible and three dimensional characters 

•    Plotting (and how to fill plot holes!) 

•    Choosing and making the best of your settings 

•    Routes to publication and how to prepare for them. 

The retreat will include a mix of taught sessions, one-to-ones and critiques, informal evening readings and Q&As, and free writing time, all tailored as much as possible to participants' specific needs, interests and preferences. 

The retreat will be run by Alex Walters and Margaret Kirk. 

Alex is the author of nine critically acclaimed and best selling crime novels published by Quercus, Harper Collins and Bloodhound Books, with series set in locations as diverse as Mongolia, Manchester and the Scottish Highlands. 

Margaret's debut novel, Shadow Man, published by Orion, was the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Writing competition 2016. Shadow Man is the first in a series featuring DI Lukas Mahler set in Inverness and the Highlands. 

The price of the retreat is £600 for an en-suite room or £560 for a room without en-suite facilities.  

Participants can arrive any time in the afternoon of 23 April and depart in the morning of 27 April. The price includes, as well as all tutoring and individual critiques and mentoring, four nights' accommodation, full board catering (as described in What's Included) from dinner on the Monday evening to breakfast on the Friday, and all our usual retreat facilities.

If you're interested in attending, please see our contact details on the Solus Or website

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