Victoria is a writer and creative writing tutor living in the East Neuk of Fife. She is currently completing her first novel, Brantwood, based on several years in the life of Victorian art critic and social reformer John Ruskin. For this work she was awarded the Emerging Writer Residency at Cove Park in 2014 and the inaugural Emerging Writer Award from Moniack Mhor in 2015. The first forty pages of Brantwood were shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize in 2017 and she received Creative Scotland funding in 2018.
Victoria also writes short fiction and is working on her first collection, Creaturely, which explores what other species mean to us, as well as the ways in which we ourselves are ‘creaturely’. For this book she was awarded a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award (2016), a Hawthornden Fellowship (2018) and a month-long residency at Varuna, the National Writers’ House, in the Blue Mountains of Australia (2019).
She has an MLitt and a PhD from the University of St Andrews and works as a creative writing tutor for the University for the Creative Arts.
**Upcoming Coastlines Workshop at Elie Library, Thurs 12th and Thurs 19th March 2020, 10.30-12.00**
It doesn’t matter if the sky is grey or blue, winter or summer; Fife’s coastline is always dramatic. Get inspired and re-charge your creative batteries with this duo of writing workshops taking place to celebrate the Year of Coasts and Waters in 2020.
The first workshop will see you take a stroll from Elie library down to the beach where you will gather prompts and images for a piece of creative writing under the guidance of writer and creative writing tutor, Victoria Mackenzie. You’ll then head back to the library to warm up with a cuppa and make notes for your writing.
The following week, you’ll meet back at Elie library for your second facilitated workshop session with Victoria where she will help guide your writing from your notes. What will you write? Join us for the first of our celebration of the Year of Coasts and Waters and find out.