Writing Place: Creative Writing Sessions at Shambellie House

Saturdays 23rd and 30th March 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm both days

  • Want to write but can’t find the time – or a quiet place?
  • Enjoy meeting other writers with a range of interests and abilities?
  • Would you benefit from a one-to-one discussion with an experienced creative writer/tutor?

This March, join us at Shambellie House (New Abbey, Dumfries, DG2 8HQ)and learn about instilling a sense of place into your creative writing.

Over the course of two Saturdays, group workshops will focus on the creation of atmosphere, the link between setting and characters, and how to avoid clichés and transform stereotypes. There will be time for individual reflection, exploration of the house and grounds, and personal writing.

An allocated one-to-one session* will give you the opportunity to discuss any issues or challenges you are facing in your writing, with the option to bring along a short extract of work for more focused critique.

The second weekend will culminate with the opportunity to share your new/edited writing with the group.

LIMITED PLACE – BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Book now at http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/kerriemckinnel 

Please note, booking fee/P&P costs may apply.


SKILL LEVEL:Suitable for all levels and genres, but especially those with some writing knowledge/experience who are keen to further develop their skills, or those who are suffering from “writer’s block”.

TICKET PRICE includes attendance at BOTH sessions (Saturday 23rd and Saturday 30th March, 10.00am – 4.00pm each day). Cost includes an allocated one-to-one session, group workshops, the opportunity to explore the venue, and tea/coffee/biscuits. Please bring a packed lunch.

* ONE-TO-ONE SESSION: On arrival on Day One, you will be allocated a one-to-one time slot of approximately 15-20 minutes. This will be a private session with an experienced creative writer/tutor. Please come prepared with either (a) a short extract from your writing upon which you would like to receive detailed critique (maximum 500 words, two copies printed in size 12 font, double-spaced), OR (b) a specific question or issue which you are facing in your writing.

If you require any further information, please email kerrie_mckinnel@hotmail.com


 Kerrie McKinnel is Lockerbie Writers’ Events Manager, founding member of A Novel Approach. She compiled, co-edited and self-published Lockerbie Writers’ first anthology. Since completing an MLitt Creative Writing (University of Glasgow), she has run writing workshops and events and mentored new writers. Her writing has been featured in journals including Gutter, Southlight and From Glasgow to Saturn, and the forthcoming Forty Voices Strong: An Anthology of Contemporary Scottish Poetry.

 Steph Newham, Lockerbie Writers’ chairperson. She retired from the NHS where she had used story telling as a therapeutic tool. On retirement she did a Cert in Creative Writing followed by an MA at Lancaster University. She is currently working on a collection of short stories as well as a historical novel. She has had articles published in newspapers and non-fiction journals. Her short stories are published in several anthologies and on-line e-zines. She enjoys running workshops and encouraging others to develop their writing skills.