Apart from the encouragement and support from the other writers, the tutors also helped me to take the next steps forward in my writing journey: I came away from the course able to approach new genres that I hadn’t previously thought about attempting; I became more confident with elements of the craft that used to trip me up i.e. dialogue, pacing, and plot. I also came to the course expecting to work on short stories and came home with ideas for, and the start of, a linked collection. The tutors gave me incredibly useful advice that I will take with me for the rest of my writing life. They were brilliant and funny and they, the other writers, and the Moniack Mhor staff, were a pleasure to spend the week with. I would dearly love to come back in the future.
In giving me all of the above, the bursary played a vital role in me taking myself seriously as a writer. I would like to convey my greatest thanks for allowing me to attend. Without your help, I would still be stuck in my bedroom feeling like a failure. Instead, I have a daily writing practice, the motivation and confidence to complete my current writing project, I’ve sent work out for submission, and I now wear my writer’s hat with pride.
As the Moniack Mhor leaflet says, ‘The only way to improve your writing is to write’. Thanks to the grant, I now do this every day with a renewed sense of faith in myself. Thank you so much for everything.
All best wishes,
NB: The grants for 2014 are now closed, but applications for next year are open from January 2015. 🙂