Are you all kilted up for a Scottish writing adventure?

There’s no better time to do it than in the second half of November, when All About Writing 

will be in residence at The Open Book in Wigtown,  Scotland’s National Book Town











Wigtown guards the gateway to the Marchers Peninsula,

while to the north lie the spectacular Galloway Hills.


In recent years, however, it has become renowned as the book capital of Scotland,  

with no fewer than eleven bookshops and half a million books.


All About Writing will be hosting a variety of writing activities

for both locals and visiting aficionados. These will include: 


Writing challenges

Each day we’ll toss writers a fresh challenge. At midnight we’ll select the best of the entries and invite the winner to pop in to the store the next day to pick up his prize – one of a range of South African books we’ll be taking with us, or a place on one of our writing courses.


Writing workshops

On Wednesday 21, Saturday 24 and Wednesday 28, we’ll hold focused writing workshops from 10am to noon. Richard will warm you up with a creative exercise, after which there will be a short talk on an aspect of creative writing, followed by a writing exercise. Richard will give personal feedback to everyone. The workshops will be of equal benefit to more experienced writers wanting to augment their skills, and to those with no experience at all, who are looking for a place to start.


Mentoring sessions

Richard will also be available for hour-long creative writing mentoring sessions at which writers of all stamps can discuss their writing, the problems they may be encountering and brainstorm solutions.

Wigtown has some modest but admirable literary associations. Most recently, in Harry Potter’s universe, it was the home of a Quidditch team known as the Wigtown Wanderers. Its hinterland was the setting for John Buchan’s The 39 Steps, while just down the track lies Dumfries, home of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robbie Burns.

The area is in itself well worth a visit, so why not consider combining it with a little writing practice with All About Writing? You could even think of it as a retreat – and book daily one-on-one mentoring sessions with Richard, before repairing to The Grapes, just round the corner from The Open Book for a dram or two. (There’s a local distillery worth a visit as well.)

How can writers join us in Wigtown?


Book yourself a short stay in Wigtown between 18 and 30 November 2018. Once your dates are confirmed contact us to reserve your place at one or more of our workshops and arrange your one-on-one mentoring sessions with Richard.

There are a number of b&bs and modest family hotels in and around Wigtown. You’d be surprised just how reasonable they are. Check out Airbnb or have a look at the Glaisnock Guesthouse and Tearoom – in the heart of Wigtown, overlooking the town gardens and close to the bookshops – Arduaine Bed and Breakfast, Hillcrest House on the outskirts of the town or a yurt in the countryside.

The Open Book is available through Airbnb for two-week stretches. Part of the deal is that you take responsibility for running the shop. It’s a lovely idea that has proven wildly successful. Read what some previous residents have said about their experiences.

Have a look at the Wigtown listing on Visit Scotland and read about the best walks and days out from Wigtown.


Who are we?

 All About Writing was founded in 2007  by two writing professionals, Jo-Anne Richards and Richard Beynon, who are passionate about writing.  We’ve devised our courses to help communicate that passion – plus the skills that make it all much more than an academic exercise – to others with a similar calling.

Richard Beynon is story consultant and award-winning film and television scriptwriter with a long and accomplished career. He has written for – or headed the storytelling teams of – many of South Africa’s most popular soaps, dramas and comedies. These include S’gudi snaysi, Going Up, Soul City, Isidingo, Scandal, Rhythm City and Isibaya. He has lectured on writing for film and television at Wits University.

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