Eilean Shona has a rich cultural programme of workshops and residencies and Eilean Shona’s cultural focus remains a central theme. Artists and writers taking part have included Louisa Young, Ben Rivers, Ayan Farah, Paul Kindersly, Laura Lancaster, Pep Duran Esteva, Carmen Galofre and many more.


Shona Writing Workshops & Retreats

WRITING WORKSHOPS : Our writing workshop courses, led by experienced teachers, will focus on exploring creativity in this truly unique island setting. Cut off from the world and all its stresses, you will be immersed in nature and surrounded by wildlife. The focus of these workshops is to progress your work with in-depth support from your tutor. Writing workshops have been led by Polly Devlin, Amy Liptrot, Hilary Boyd and Freya North. Our next writing workshop will be held on 2-7 October 2021 and led by the acclaimed author Raffaella Barker.

SCHOLARSHIPS : We are also committed to help nurture young emerging writers and offer a scholarship place on our workshops each year.

WRITING RETREATS : Our writing retreats are an opportunity to give your writing the time and space it deserves. Escape the world for our one week retreat and experience the peace and deep concentration that Eilean Shona instills as you work alongside an established author and a number of other writers. Delicious meals are prepared and served by our chef. You are free to be as productive or as contemplative as you wish. Our next writing retreat will take place in the week following our workshop course, commencing 8th October 2021.

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Shona Artists Residency Programme

The island has long been an inspiration for artists and writers and to build on this legacy we are in the planning stages of launching an annual residency programme.

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Shona Projects

Between 2015 and 2017, we hosted Shona Projects, curated by Emma McIntyre & Matilda Strang.

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