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This year's masterclasses and workshops range from from writing picture books and writing memoir and biography to workshops on Arabic Script-writing, poetry, music, calligraphy and more!

Please note that workshops do not feature simultaneous translation; the language of instruction is listed in the event details.

The cost of all materials is included in the ticket price.


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Event 815 Make Your Own Book Tote: Craft Workshop with Yara Bamieh

Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Yara Bamieh
Bookworms need book bags, and illustrator Yara Bamieh is here to help.

Join this crafty workshop for step-by-step fun to create your very own, personalised tote bag. Yara will help you design a character or pattern to suit your personality – so just bring your ideas and get ready to draw and colour and learn the techniques. Then walk out in style with your new bag!

The tutor: Yara Bamieh is a talented architect and illustrator. She has written and illustrated a number of children’s books, including Bolqosh, which won the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature 2016.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic and English

Age Group: 14-18

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Event 816 Islamic Geometric Design: Workshop for Adults with Eric Broug

Saturday 3 March, 5pm-7pm   Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Eric Broug
One of the most distinctive aspects of Islamic art, intricate geometric design, can be found on buildings, in books, on tiles, on wood, on metal. Internationally renowned expert Eric Broug will teach you the secrets of the techniques needed to create your own geometric art – using only pencil, paper and ruler. At the end of the workshop you will have learned the basics to create your own unique patterns.

The tutor: Eric Broug is a designer specialising in Islamic design. He studied at the School of Oriental & African Studies in London and has made a career of his passion, running Broug Ateliers for Islamic Architecture, Arts and Crafts in the UK. In 2014 he founded the UK-based School of Islamic Geometric Design.

All materials provided.

Language: English

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Event 817 Secrets of a Storyteller: Masterclass with Alexander McCall Smith

Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of more than 100 books, including the beloved No1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

In this intimate creative writing masterclass, discover the writing process of this prolific author, his influences and the secrets he has learned over the years about captivating a loyal readership. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

The tutor: Alexander McCall Smith’s books – comprising series and standalone, fiction and non-fiction, and books for adults and children – have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 46 languages. His awards include a CBE and the Presidential Order of Merit from the President of Botswana for services to literature.

Language: English

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Event 850 How to Start Your Comic: Workshop with Gabriel Rodriguez

Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7.30pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Eisner Award-winning comic book artist Gabriel Rodriguez is one of the most exciting comic book creators around, known for his stunning illustrations in Locke & Key, Little Nemo, Superman and more.

In this workshop, he teaches the secrets of making a comic book page, from conception to finished illustrations, before leading the class in a short creative exercise to put together their very own comic page.

The tutor: Known for his epic collaboration with Joe Hill in Locke and Key, Gabriel Rodriguez is a major figure in comic book art. His other credits include Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, for which he won an Eisner Award, and his new creator-owned series Sword of Ages.

All materials provided. If you prefer to work on a laptop or tablet you are welcome to bring one.

Language: English

Age Group: 12-18

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Event 818 Creative Writing Course with Ibrahim Nasrallah

Sunday 4 March, 9.30am-5pm   Al Amwaj 2, InterContinental

Award-winning author Ibrahim Nasrallah is coming to Dubai to teach a one-day creative writing course to aspiring novelists writing in Arabic.

Focusing on diversity in writing, Nasrallah’s course explores the importance of offering readers a wider variety of stories – in both subject matter and style. How can writers break out of their comfort zone and diversify their writing? This course will teach how, and Nasrallah will guide participants in their exploration of new forms, new vocabulary, new ideas – everything needed to write new stories!

Please download the outline here for full details of the day’s activities.

The tutor: Ibrahim Nasrallah is a successful author who, in his latest book, has made his own stylistic leap. Dog War II, set in a corrupt but highly advanced future dystopia, is groundbreaking in style and content. He has written 14 poetry collections, 16 novels, and several non-fiction books. His novel Time of White Horses was shortlisted for the IPAF, Kilimanjaro Spirit won the Katara Prize, and he has received the Sultan Owais Literary Award for Poetry and Jerusalem Award for Culture and Creativity for his body of work.

Lunch and coffee breaks are included.

Make sure to arrive for registration and introductions at 9:30 so the course can begin promptly at 10:00.

Language: Arabic

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Event 819 Creative Writing Course with Greg Mosse

Sunday 4 March, 9.30am-5pm   Al Amwaj 1, InterContinental

An unmissable opportunity for the UAE’s aspiring writers!

Acclaimed author and writing teacher Greg Mosse is bringing his one-day creative writing course to Dubai. If you have ever wanted to write a novel, or already have one underway and want to polish your skills, this is the perfect chance to get started.

The course will cover aspects of planning a novel and building up characters, location and dialogue. Please download the outline here for a detailed outline of the day’s activities.

The tutor: Greg Mosse is a highly regarded creative writing teacher, writer and editor with more than 20 years of professional experience. He was previously programme leader for creative writing at West Dean College where he taught his own MA degree, validated by University of Sussex, and a wide range of short courses. He curates and teaches at the Southbank Centre Creative Writing School and works in story development and consultancy for stage and screen.

Lunch and coffee breaks are included.

Make sure to arrive for registration and introductions at 9:30 so the course can begin promptly at 10:00.

Language: English

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Event 839 Essential Skills Masterclass 1: Literary Translation into Arabic

Wednesday 7 March, 9am-10.30am   Al Amwaj, InterContinental

Acclaimed translator and author Samar Mahfouz Barraj will lead a masterclass on translating literature into Arabic, looking at the wide range of potential genres and topics, and covering both adult and children’s literature. The session will focus on the key skills needed to bring the narrative to life in a different language while retaining its authenticity and cultural context and will include practical examples and key tips for translators.

For translators, publishers and writers

Samar Mahfouz Barraj is the author and translator of more than 40 books, many of which have been shortlisted for awards around the Middle East, and winner of the Beirut International Book Fair children’s prize with My Grandmother Will Always Remember Me and the Arab Thought Foundation’s Kitabi prize for When My Friend Got Sick.

Language: Arabic

Essential Skills Masterclass 1: Literary Translation into Arabic

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Event 840 Essential Skills Masterclass 2: Editing Arabic

Wednesday 7 March, 11am-12.30pm   Al Amwaj, InterContinental

Mohammad Rabie will share his knowledge and passion for nuanced, detailed and effective fiction editing in Arabic from his many years’ experience in publishing as well as from the other side of the editorial relationship as a successful author. This masterclass will develop and refresh editorial skills for editors to help authors shape their manuscript into the best book it can be, and offer an insight into the editorial process for new editors and writers.

For publishers and editors looking to develop their skills, and authors wanting to learn about the editorial process.

Mohammad Rabie is an editor at Dar Al-Tanweer Publishers and the award-winning author of Amber Planet, Year of the Dragon, and the IPAF-shortlisted Otared.

Language: Arabic

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Event 823 The Art of Travel Writing: Masterclass with Levison Wood

Friday 9 March, 10am-11.30am   Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Levison Wood
Someone once told Levison Wood that the best non-fiction reads like fiction.

In this travel writing masterclass he will share how the story of adventure unfolds across the ages using the theory of the Monomyth, also known as The Hero’s Journey. Using examples from the history of travel writing, from Homer's Odyssey to Shantaram, he will explore what secrets they use to make journeys come alive. Learn how he brings out the best from his anecdotes and how to fit travellers’ tales within a narrative arc.

The tutor: Levison Wood is an award-winning author, explorer and photographer who has led expeditions on five continents. His bestselling books include Walking the Himalayas, Walking the Nile and Walking the Americas.

Language: English

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Event 852 Storytelling on Social Media: Masterclass with Alexandra Maia

Friday 9 March, 10am-11.30am   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Is your social media lacking inspiration? Don’t miss this House of Social Masterclass with Alexandra Maia – it will be jam-packed with tactics and knowledge to get you started or take you to the next level!

Social Media platforms are changing the way we digest, consume and engage with content. Content creators are raising the bar every day and learning new ways to share their personal stories and ‘brands’ … so if you want to find out how to up your online game, come and learn from an expert.

The tutor: Alexandra Maia is the founder of House of Social, an organisation that provides social media training and consultancy. Through HOS she aims to help individuals and businesses adapt to the new digital world.

Language: English

Storytelling on Social Media: Masterclass with Alexandra Maia

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Event 825 Animal Antics: Writing Workshop with Tom Moorhouse

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Do you have a passion for pandas or a love for lemurs? If you really like animals, you’re ready to write an animal story!

Tom Moorhouse’s knowledge of water voles and their riverbank friends helped him write his own popular books. In this workshop he will teach children to use what they know about their favourite animal to write a brand new adventure story.

The tutor: Dr Tom Moorhouse is an ecologist at Oxford University’s Zoology Department. He has used his animal knowledge in The River Singers, The Rising and Trickster, and is now continuing the story of The Wind in the Willows in The New Adventures of Mr Toad.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

Language: English

Age Group: 7-11

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Event 851 How to Draw a Dinosaur!: Workshop with Korky Paul

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Korky Paul
Would you love to draw perfect dino pictures?

Korky Paul’s mischievous, loveable but highly dangerous dinosaurs are unforgettable, whether they’re terrifying curious children or antagonising Winnie and Wilbur.

In this fun workshop, Korky will read and act from his books and give a quick drawing lesson – then you’ll be let loose to draw your own prehistoric monstrosity!

The tutor: Korky Paul is the illustrator of many beloved children’s books, including the Winnie the Witch series, and is known only to himself as ’The World’s Greatest Portrait Artist and Dinosaur Drawer’.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 6-11

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Event 826 Writing a Page-Turner: Masterclass with Peter James

Friday 9 March, 12.30pm-2pm   Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Peter James
A well-timed cliffhanger, a battle of wills, the mounting tension of an unseen evil on the loose … Peter James knows how to keep readers reading.

In this masterclass, you will learn from the expert how to set pace, build suspense, and keep readers hungry for the next chapter.

The tutor: Peter James is the author of the Roy Grace crime series as well as numerous standalone thrillers. He is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, the winner of the 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence, and was publicly voted by WHSmith readers The Best Crime Author Of All Time.

Language: English

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Event 827 How to Draw a Monster!: Workshop with Tony Ross

Friday 9 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Tony Ross
Get monstrous with amazing illustrator Tony Ross!

Learn to draw fearsome clawed creatures, festooned with fangs and heaving with horrible hair! With Tony’s help, you’ll make the best awful monster to let loose in your stories.

The tutor: Tony Ross is one of the most popular illustrators working today. Famous as the illustrator of Horrid Henry, he also works extensively with David Walliams, illustrating Billionaire Boy, The Midnight Gang and more, and is the creator of the beloved Little Princess books.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 5-8

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Event 853 Short Story Lab: Writing Workshop with Andrey Kurkov

Friday 9 March, 2pm-3.30pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Andrey Kurkov
The short story format is loved by many of our favourite authors, and is a great place to start for budding writers. Novelist Andrey Kurkov brings the skill and humour of his writing style to life in this fantastic workshop for teens. Learn how to craft your own short story and how to develop characters that are believable and memorable.

Andrey Kurkov is a Ukrainian author of 20 novels, including Death and the Penguin and The Bickford Fuse, and 9 books for children including The Adventures of Baby Vacuum Cleaner Gosha and Why No One Pets The Hedgehog? Kurkov is currently Vice President of the Ukrainian PEN Center and Head of Editorial at Culture and Life newspaper.

Language: English

Age Group: 13-18

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Event 828 Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners: Workshop with Peter Dale

Friday 9 March, 3pm-4.30pm   Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Peter Dale
Cryptic crosswords are a great way to sharpen your mind and widen your vocabulary, but getting started can be more than a little intimidating.

Peter Dale returns with his popular introduction to this most puzzling of puzzles. This practical workshop teaches the secrets of solving cryptic clues and spotting the hidden meanings that suddenly make clear their characteristic quirks.

The tutor: Peter Dale spent 25 years teaching mathematics at Dubai College; now retired, he has time to enjoy the Guardian’s cryptic crossword at leisure alongside gardening and golf.

Language: English

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Event 829 Let's Go to Alzika World!: Writing Workshop with Taghreed Aref Najjar

Friday 9 March, 4pm-5.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Zikazam and Zikazoom are from the Zika Planet and have come to Earth for their first training mission. Can you imagine what they look like, how they behave and the adventures that they’ll have?

Join award-winning author Taghreed Al Najjar to listen to the aliens’ story and write your own space adventure in a workshop that includes reading, writing and artwork to create unforgettable characters.

The tutor: Taghreed Al Najjar is a Jordanian author who has written more than 50 books for children, many of which have won prizes and been translated into other languages. Dedicated to childhood reading, she is the founder of Al Salwa Publishing House, which publishes fun Arabic books for children.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 7-10

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Event 854 The X-Factor: Writing Workshop with Ali Sparkes

Friday 9 March, 4pm-5.30pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Ali Sparkes
Do your story ideas have the ‘x-factor’?

Author Ali Sparkes is here to help you find out in this fun workshop!

Children taking part will be put into groups and will have 20 minutes to come up with an exciting blurb, title and first line of a story. Together, they will share their favourite ideas to see which ones would make superstar stories!

The tutor: Ali Sparkes is renowned for her entertaining presentations and is the author of the Shapeshifter series as well as Thunderstruck, Car-Jacked, Sleepless and more. Her novel Frozen in Time won the 2010 Blue Peter Prize for Book of the Year.

Language: English

Age Group: 10-14

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Event 830 Writing for Children: Workshop with Mouhannad Alakous

Friday 9 March, 5.30pm-7.30pm   Al Rimal, InterContinental

Stories from childhood never leave us. How can we turn our own precious memories into timeless children’s tales?

Children’s author Mouhannad Alakous writes charming and educational stories loved by all. Join him in this workshop, and bring along a memory that brought happiness to your life or taught you a lesson – Mouhannad will give you all the ingredients you need to turn it into a powerful children’s story.

The tutor: Mouhannad Alakous writes books for children and young adults, including Open Window and The Sunflower, both of which won the Al Mutaqa Prize, and Are You Zeer, which won the My Book Award from the Arab Thought Foundation.

Language: Arabic

Writing for Children: Workshop with Mouhannad Alakous

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Event 833 The Hounds of Penhallow Hall: Writing Workshop with Holly Webb

Friday 9 March, 6pm-7.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Holly Webb
Join bestselling author Holly Webb for a fun story-writing workshop based on her new series, The Hounds of Penhallow Hall, featuring 10-year-old Polly and Rex, the magical wolfhound statue who comes alive to take her on amazing adventures.

Holly will introduce the ideas behind the series, and then help participants create their own enchanted story!

The tutor: Holly Webb is a former children’s book editor and the author of more than 100 books including the Animal Stories series, My Naughty Little Puppy, The Storm Dog and more. The Hounds of Penhallow Hall is her new mystery series for young readers.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

Language: English

Age Group: 7-10

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