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Creative Writing Workshops at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 10:30 to Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 20:00

The Open University in Scotland is pleased to be supporting three Creative Writing Workshops at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018. 

All of these workshops are currently SOLD OUT. Please check the Edinburgh International Book Festival website for returns nearer the time.


Writing Biography, with Damian Barr Damian Barr
Saturday 11 August, 10:30-12:30
Writers’ Retreat, Charlotte Square.
Tickets £35.00, £30.00 concession 

This writing workshop is led by Damian Barr, an award-winning writer, columnist and salonnière. Maggie & Me, his critically acclaimed memoir about coming of age and coming out in Thatcher's Britain, was hugely popular among readers. It was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and Sunday Times Memoir of the Year, earning him Stonewall Writer of the Year. Join Barr as he takes you through the ins and outs of biographical writing, offering tips and guidance for your own work and expert advice for how to get your and others' personal stories down on the page.

Writing About What You Don’t Know, with Karen LordKaren Lord
Wednesday 15 August, 10:30-12:30
Writers’ Retreat, Charlotte Square. 
Tickets £35.00, £30.00 concession 

Join celebrated Barbadian speculative fiction writer Karen Lord for a workshop exploring how to create the unexpected and the unknown and write about a world that is beyond our ken. Lord is a multi award-winning writer of clever, funny and frighteningly imaginative fiction, often concerned with the ways society will operate in envisioned futures. This workshop is perfect for those who are curious about creating character, place and plot in worlds both real and imagined.

Writing For Life, with Michael J Malone 
Thursday 16 Aug 18:00-20.00
Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab, Charlotte Square.
Tickets £35.00, £30.00 concession 

Whether we write for ourselves or for others, the creative use of language can be an excellent way of making sense and meaning of both the highs and lows in our lives. Join Scottish thriller writer Michael J Malone for today’s workshop as he guides you through the techniques you can use to support your emotional wellbeing. Take away plenty of ideas and tips for how writing can provide a repository for life’s challenges. 

You can try Creative Writing course content for free, on the OU site OpenLearn, such as the 8-hour course Writing what you know, or the 12-hour course Start writing fiction

The OU offers the modules Creative Writing and Advanced Creative Writing, a BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing, and an MA in Creative Writing

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