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Writing About Scotland: The Daes and the dinnae does

Scotland is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Whether you’re writing historical or contemporary, I’d like to invite you to go beyond Scotland’s beautiful landscape for a peek at its rich history and culture.

In this workshop you will learn:

Geographical differences:

The difference between the highlands, central lowlands, and lowlands.

Hebrides and other islands

The history and culture of the Gaels.

Highland Clearances and how it continues to impact modern day Gaels

Dress: Let’s talk about Kilts or Bringing Sexy Back

Language: Gaelic

Life then and now

Black houses – why are the white houses called black?

Peat – it does more than make good whisky

Harris Tweed – How it’s made. There are rules.

Modern Culture





Fun with words


Mary’s Bio:

Mary Karlik combines her Texas roots with her Scottish heritage to write happily-ever-after from Texas to Scotland. Honoring her Scottish roots, Mary is now writing under her mother’s maiden name, Wilson. She is traditionally published in Young Adult Fantasy with her Fairy Trafficking series set in the magical world of Scotland. Mary is currently studying Scottish Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye, Scotland. She also earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, is a certified, professional ski instructor, and a Registered Nurse.

Mary is an active member of Romance Writers of America, Dallas Area Romance Authors, and Contemporary Romance Writers.

Married to a Scot, Mary lives in Scotland and Texas.

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