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see This tour is designed for writers with an interest in the natural world. Dr Inga Simpson (Nest, Mr Wigg & Where the Trees Were) teams up with archaeologist Dr Christopher Carter (Time Travel Australia), to bring you a unique combination of travel and retreat, walking and writing, against a background of spectacular natural, human and literary histories. We’ll explore some of the wildest landscapes of Scotland: the Trossachs and Cairngorms national parks, the Isle of Skye, Harris & Lewis, and the Orkney Islands. Along the way, we’ll also learn how to better capture the natural world on the page.

cipro prices Ireland We’ll meet up in Edinburgh, UNESCO City of Literature, during festival season, retracing the steps of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson to take in the city’s highpoints: Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat, and the Royal Mile. We’ll also get amongst it at the National Book Festival, the biggest writers festival in the world!

köp antibiotika online Then we’ll head inland to the Trossachs, landscapes that have inspired many writers and artists, including Sir Walter Scott, William Wordsworth, & Samuel Coleridge. The national park is a haven for bird and wildlife, featuring stunning scenery and many wonderful walks. We’ll walk Loch Katrine – one of the settings in Stevenson’s Kidnapped, hiding place of outlaw Rob Roy, and the inspiration for Scott’s “Lady of the Lake” – and stroll through remnants of the Great Wood of Caledon, the historic native wood of Scotland. We’ll also visit some of the region’s historical highlights, and taste its best whiskeys. Inspired by so much natural beauty and history, we’ll begin our daily writing workshops, learning how to evoke what we see in words. We’ll be staying at the scenic Lake of Monteith Hotel. Inchmahome Priory

Then we’re off to Cairngorms National Park, the largest in the UK, containing its highest mountains, and home to many rare and endangered species, including highland tigers, golden eagles, capercaillies, water voles, ptarmigan’s and pine martens. We’ll have a chance to see and photograph some of the wildlife up close. The Cairngorms are the subject of Nan Shepherd’s classic, The Living Mountain. We’ll be retracing her steps, and learning how to link character and plot to place.

Then we cross the water to the Isle of Skye, famous for its spectacular scenery, wildlife and history. We’ll stay in Portree, like R.L Stevenson when he sailed around Skye and the inner Hebrides. We’ll see the Flodigary fossils, evidence of clearances, and walk through the island’s most spectacular scenery, including Neist Point Lighthouse and Quiraing Loop. We’ll travel to Dunvegen Castle and take a boat ride to see seals up close. We’ll also have our final workshop, leaving us free to enjoy the sights and continue to record what we see in our journals and photographs.

callanish Standing Stones, LewisOn Harris and Lewis we’ll visit the Stornaway Museum, and a number of Neolithic sites including Callanish Standing Stones and the Trussel Stone. We’ll also visit the site where the Lewis Chessmen were found before spending the night at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle.

We’ll overnight at Inverness, before heading up to John O’ Groats, to take the coastal walk to the Rock Stacks of Duncansby.

Chris will then lead us on the optional 5-day leg to the intriguing Orkney Islands, the setting for Amy Liptrot’s recent smash hit, The Outrun, and where R.L. Stevenson toured with his father in June 1869, inspecting lighthouses for the Northern Lighthouse Board. We’ll se some of the best-known Neolithic sites in the UK including Skara Brae, the Standing Stones of Stenness, and the Ring of Brodgar, and have the opportunity walk around the entire island of Hoy, some of the most dramatic cliff landscapes in the world.

We’ll stay in historic buildings in beautiful natural settings. Chris will lead alternate activities for non-writing partners including: historical & archaeological excursions, wildlife photography workshops, fly fishing lessons, and whiskey tastings.

Writing workshops

Our time spent immersed in the Trossachs and Cairngorms national parks will include daily writing workshops covering research, descriptive techniques, emotion and story, linking plot, character and place, and how to develop your manuscript into a polished masterpiece. We’ll also consider issues such as writing for advocacy, anthropomorphism and anthropocentrism. In the final workshop, on Skye, we’ll wrap up with a session on self-editing and paths to publication.

The workshops utilise a mixture of tuition, examples, practical writing exercises and group discussion. They are suitable for writers at all levels and stages, whether working on fiction or nonfiction, literature or genre, nature writing, travel writing, memoir, or travel blogs and diaries.

You’ll also receive one-on-one feedback on up to 5000 words submitted beforehand.

Tour highlights:

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Loch Katrine
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The Great Wood of Caledon
Cairn Gorm
Rock Stacks of Duncansby
Flodigary fossils
Callanish Standing Stones
Skara Brae
Unique bird and wildlife
Whiskey and gin tastings

Inclusions:

Tour leader and local guides for the duration of the tour
Accommodation (twin-share) in 4-star accommodation with private facilities. Single supplement available on request
Land transport on private, chartered mini-coach
Most meals
7 writing workshops with Inga Simpson
Individual feedback on 5000 words submitted beforehand
Entries to sites listed in itinerary
Comprehensive tour booklet
Group tips (bus drivers, local guides)

Suggested Reading

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd
A High and Lonely Place, Jim Crumley
The Great Wood, Jim Crumley
Findings by Kathleen Jamie
Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie
Rob Roy by Walter Scott
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson
“The Lady of the Lake” by Walter Scott

*Orkneys extension: $2440.00
*Based on twin share. Single supplement $2750 for base tour, $810 for extension.
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For a more detailed itinerary or more information about the writing workshops, email inga@olvarwood.com.au

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Weekend Retreat @ Kioloa: 4-6 December

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December 4-6, 2015

Led by Inga Simpson and Chris Carter

Participants: 10-15

Cost: $525 (includes accommodation, tuition, guided walks, and all meals).

Where: Kioloa, far south coast, NSW

The miniature sandscapes of ridge and valley pressed into the soles of my feet and for days after the walk I would feel a memory of that pressure and pattern” ~ Robert Macfarlane.

Start your writing summer early by spending a weekend immersed in writing and place on the pristine far south coast of New South Wales.

Writing workshops will be led by Dr Inga Simpson, author of Nest and Mr Wigg. You’ll learn more about the genre of nature writing, and through a mixture of tuition, examples, practical writing exercises and discussion, hone your skills for describing the natural world and anchoring character and plot to place. You’ll also consider issues around writing for advocacy, anthropomorphism v anthropocentrism, and notions of belonging.

We’ll be staying in an historic homestead on the Australian National University Kioloa coastal campus. Kioloa dining and kitchen

The weekend will also include guided walks, led by archaeologist (and head chef!), Chris Carter. We’ll learn more about the natural and human histories of Kioloa and get a closer look at its beautiful beaches and forest.

Kioloa is 2 & 1/2 hours from Canberra and 3 & 1/2 hours from Sydney.

Watch a gorgeous video about Kioloa Coastal campus here.

Bookings via: info@ruins.com.au

Contact Inga regarding the workshop  content: Inga@olvarwood.com.au