Join Us At Gartmore House For Our Creative Writing Courses

available dates :

January - July 2022

January - October 2023

“I knew I needed to find a creative writing course near me to help with my first draft and Gartmore House really came through.”

About The Course

If those plot bunnies are running rampant, your characters won’t behave, or you can’t get your plot straight, then our creative writing course might just be for you.

These creative writing courses are suitable for anyone who really needs the time and space to write, whether you’re an experienced writer or a beginner looking for guidance. In the calm surroundings of Gartmore House and all our cosy writing nooks, you won’t fail to be inspired.

Struggling to focus on your writing? Join us at Gartmore House for a relaxing creative writing course and find the inspiration you’ve been looking for.
With nearly twenty years of supporting writers, our tutor Laura specialises in facilitating relaxed, fun and engaging workshops for writers from all backgrounds and experiences.

You’ll learn about different aspects of writing and will have the opportunity to share your work and receive feedback. Each day you’ll have time to write independently at your own leisure, with Laura on hand to answer any questions and help you focus.

We will cover a number of topics over each week. Laura will tailor these to suit your experience and interests. You are very welcome to bring your own project as the focus of your writing for the week, or come ready to spark off completely new ideas.

Our writing holidays will boost your confidence and support you in finding the best way to establish a regular writing practice. You’ll learn how to defeat procrastination and through lively, light-hearted writing sessions, you’ll find yourself achieving more than you ever expected you could!

You’ll have the opportunity to receive one-to-one coaching with Laura while you’re here and will receive signed copies of Laura’s books Wellspring and Magpie Mind: Live an Inspired Life.

Course Inclusions And Coverage

This course is an all-in-one package which includes the following:


Booking for this course includes 4 days of specialist tuition from Laura Fyfe.


All specialist equipment will be supplied but there will be a few essential items that you will need to bring. Please see our terms and detailed information section below.

Food & Accommodation

Full board catering and 5-nights accommodation are included when you book.


Complimentary transfers are included when you book - subject to certain conditions.*

* Transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

Here's what a previous participant has to say about this course:

“I didn’t know what to expect… but really enjoyed it! The creative stimulants were excellent, also the creative challenges.” – Evening workshop on defeating procrastination and increasing creativity.

Booking Information

DATES 2023
All of our craft or activity holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.

The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

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  • Terms of Booking

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If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

To confirm your holiday:
A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to secure your booking.

Payment of your holiday:
The balance of your payment must be received no later than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement of your holiday. In the case of non-payment, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and any cancellation fees will apply.

If you cancel your booking:
All deposits are non-refundable. Should you need to cancel your booking up to 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, we will refund any monies paid, less your deposit. If you cancel less than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, no refund will be given.
We do advise you to take out holiday insurance for this reason.

More Reviews...

I enjoyed the opportunity to write, rather than just learn about writing. Lovely tutor, friendly participants – more of the same please.

Afternoon procrastination and inspiration workshop

What worked for me today were the spurts of creative writing interspersed with nuggets and tips on building good writing habits. Laura creates a very warm and relaxed environment which is a very important part of the creative process. Thank you!

Inspiration Igniter Workshop

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting before I came along but my expectations have definitely been met – I’m really enjoying it! I like the variety so far. I love it!

Weekly course of workshops

Please note: The above reviews come from past workshops and courses run by the tutor out with Gartmore House.

Your Course Tutor: Laura Fyfe

Laura T Fyfe is an award-winning writer with short stories, non-fiction and poetry published in literary magazines internationally, including Northwords Now and Butcher’s Dog. Laura has nearly twenty years experience in motivating writers, as well as a M.Ed in Educational Enquiry and an M.Litt in Creative Writing under her belt.

She travels Scotland to facilitate writing workshops and adjudicate writing competitions and is a prominent voice in Scotland’s writing community, serving on the board of the Scottish Writers’ Centre and the Scottish Poetry Library. Laura publishes books under her imprint, Figment Books and has published a book as an app as well, ChildsPlay app. She predominantly writes poetry and novels and loves experimenting with new ideas and techniques. Laura is an expert in boosting writers’ confidence, as reflected in her books and audiobooks Wellspring and Magpie Mind which focus on defeating procrastination and increasing creativity.

Find out more about Laura and her work on FigmentCreativity and FigmentPublishing


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Where can I find out more about the course?

If you need any further information about your course that is not on our website, please get in contact with us and we can provide you with the tutor’s contact details who can assist with your query.

What do I need to bring on my art, craft and activity break?

Your required kit list for your specific break is shown on each course’s webpage. However, should you have any queries, then please feel free to contact us.

What is the art, craft and activity holiday booking terms and conditions?

To secure your booking, a non-refundable £100 per person deposit is required. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For holidays booked within 6 weeks of the  arrival date, full payment is required at time of booking.

Holidays are subject to availability and subject to change. There is a minimum number of guests required to run each course. If a course is cancelled due to low numbers, you may transfer any monies paid to an alternative date or a full refund will be issued.

If you cancel a booking, your £100 deposit is non-refundable. The rest of your payment will be refunded if you cancel no later than 6 weeks prior to arrival.

What time do your transfer services for the art, craft & activity holidays operate?

We offer a complimentary transfer services to and from Stirling train station. Collection is at 3:30pm from the station on the day of arrival, and our drop-off service departs from Gartmore House at 9:15am (5 and 6-night holidays) or 4pm (2-night holidays) on the day of departure.

The closest airports to us are Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. If you require a transfer to and/or from either airport, please select this option at the time of booking. Transfers to/from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are available at an additional cost. After booking your flights, please update your Customer Portal with the time you wish to be collected from the airport on the day of arrival and the time of collection at Gartmore House, returning to the airport, on the day of departure. Please allow 60 minutes for your transfer between Gartmore House and Glasgow Airport, or 90 minutes for your transfer between Gartmore House and Edinburgh Airport.

Can I bring a partner/friend to stay with me while I am on an art, craft or activity break?

If you’re coming on one of our art, craft or activity holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. Please add them at the checkout stage.

Spots on this course are limited!

Book your spot now and join us at Gartmore House. We are confident it will deepen your understanding of Creative Writing.

Need help? Don't hesitate to contact us.

  • Gartmore Estate, Stirling, FK8 3RS, Scotland
  • mail@gartmorehouse.com
  • 01877 382 991