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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 834 DISCONTINUE Bottles of the Sun: Writing Workshop with Sahar Naja Mahfouz

Friday 9 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

If you could bottle sunlight, what would you do with it?

The heroine of Bottles of the Sun decides to help refugees stuck in a freezing cold camp. She gathers sunlight in bottles and brings it to the children along with hot bread.

In this workshop, Sahar Naja Mahfouz reads the story to participants before helping the class prepare their own messages in bottles, and then draw a child who can be the hero of their next story.

The tutor: Sahar Naja Mahfouz is a children’s author who is passionate about child development. She is also the author of Spot and the Little Boy, Round & Round, and many more, and is one of the writers for Iftah Ya Simsim, the Arabic Sesame Street.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 6-9

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Event 822 Building Characters: Writing Workshop with Muhsin Al-Ramli

Saturday 10 March, 10am-12pm   Al Rimal, InterContinental

How do you create a well-rounded, authentic character that will resonate with readers? Learn how to build physical and emotional characteristics, how to present the environments they inhabit, and how to meld character and plot believably.

Participants should prepare for the workshop by writing a short description of a real person they have encountered and what made them memorable.

The tutor: Muhsin Al-Ramli is an Iraqi author and translator currently living in Spain, where he teaches at the Saint Louis University Madrid Campus. He is the co-founder and editor of the magazine Alwah, and the author of several books including the internationally acclaimed The President’s Gardens.

Language: Arabic

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Event 831 Freestyle Your Film: Workshop with Muzna Al Musafer

Saturday 10 March, 10am-11.30am   Al Waha, InterContinental

Learn how to create short movies on your phone with filmmaker Muzna Al Musafer!

Muzna will teach you how to produce high-quality films using nothing more than a mobile device, an app and your imagination. Turn the world around you into your personalised story without the need for lighting, cameras and other equipment.

The tutor: Muzna Al Musafer is a self-made Omani filmmaker whose first film Niqab won the student competition at the Gulf Film Festival. Her breakthrough second film, Cholo, won Best Script at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, premiered at Dubai Film Festival and was screened at the New York African Film Festival.

Participants in the class should download the full or trial versions of FiLMiC Pro to their device before the workshop begins. Other materials provided.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 15-21

Freestyle Your Film: Workshop with Muzna Al Musafer

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Event 832 Level Up Leadership: Masterclass with Francis Kong

Saturday 10 March, 10am-11.30am   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Francis Kong
Learn the secrets of effective leadership in this masterclass from top business writer and speaker Francis Kong.

Do you need to fire up your team or impress with your public speaking skills? In this introductory class, Francis will talk you through the people skills and personal attributes you need to develop to become an inspiring leader.

The tutor: Francis Kong is one of the most respected business speakers in the Philippines, a winner of the Outstanding Filipino Award and the Communication and Leadership Award from Toastmasters International Philippines chapter. He is the author of numerous business books and delivers talks and seminars worldwide.

Language: English

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Event 855 Amazing Arabian Nights: Story & Craft Workshop with Wafa' Tarnowska

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Wafa' Tarnowska has adapted several stories from the Arabian Nights in a beautifully illustrated collection for children.

Starting with a reading of the story ‘Singing Tree and the Speaking Bird’, Wafa' will then take the children on a creative adventure to design their own Arabian Nights garden on paper, introducing them to special trees, flowers and fountains found in Arabic gardens.

The tutor: Wafa' Tarnowska is an author and translator who has travelled the world on a mission to inspire love for Arab culture. Her Arabian Nights has won the American Folklore Society’s Aesop Accolade and the Moonbeam Award Gold Medal.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic, English

Age Group: 8-12

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Event 857 Comic Strip Crazy: Drawing Workshop with Gary Northfield

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Create a comic strip with a master cartoonist!

Author and illustrator Gary Northfield knows a thing or two about what it takes to make a hilarious comic, and in this session he will – with the help of Julius Zebra, champion gladiator – help you get started on your own comic characters!

The tutor: Gary Northfield is the author and illustrator of Derek the Sheep for The Beano, Gary’s Garden for The Phoenix and the graphic novel The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs, as well as the laugh-a-minute book series Julius Zebra.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 6-11

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Event 835 Self Editing and Getting Published: Workshop with Susan Mears and Wendy Yorke

Saturday 10 March, 12.30pm-2.30pm   Al Rimal, InterContinental

Learn what you need to do to get your novel published worldwide in a workshop from the Susan Mears Literary Agency. Book Coach Wendy Yorke will teach how to prepare your manuscript and make your pitch, then Literary Agent Susan Mears will advise on getting published and worldwide markets.

The tutors:

Wendy Yorke is a Literary Agent, Editor, Book Writing Coach, Author and International Speaker. She helps writers get published through her business WRITE | EDIT | PUBLISH.

Susan Mears is the founder of Susan Mears Literary Agency and has a reputation for taking new authors to international bestseller status.

Language: English

Self Editing and Getting Published: Workshop with Susan Mears and Wendy Yorke

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Event 849 Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo: Story & Craft Workshop with Noura Al Khoori

Saturday 10 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo is Noura Al Khoori’s story of a little flamingo who gets lost on an island after playing hide and seek with his friend the crab. Will he ever find his parents? Or will they find him? This workshop features a reading and talk from Noura followed by a chance to make your own pink flamingo to take home.

The tutor: Noura Al Khoori is an up-and-coming Emirati author of children’s books, including Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo, Golden Dates, and The Tender Hands, a moving story about life as a refugee.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 4-8

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Event 858 How to Begin: Workshop with Kamila Shamsie

Saturday 10 March, 2pm-4pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

This workshop with award-winning author Kamila Shamsie addresses one of the toughest parts of writing a book – starting it. Learn how to turn an idea into something real and meaningful with advice from one of the major names in modern English literature.

The tutor: Kamila Shamsie is the author of seven novels, including Home Fire, longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. She has been included in Orange’s 21 Writers of the 21st Century and Granta’s list of 20 best young British writers and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature.

Language: English

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Event 837 Journalism in a Post-Truth World: Masterclass with Kate Adie

Saturday 10 March, 3pm-4.30pm   Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Kate Adie
The hyperconnected world has taken its toll on journalism, from partisan outlets waging war on reality to owners more interested in clicks than facts. And that’s not to mention the physical threats journalists face, whether caught in a warzone or just upsetting the wrong people.

Kate Adie has reported from some of the world’s most dangerous places– in this masterclass she teaches the art of telling the real story and being heard over the noise.

The tutor: Kate Adie is the former chief news correspondent for BBC News, a job which took her to conflict zones including Iraq, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. She currently presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4. She is the author of several books, including Into Danger: Risking Your Life for Work.

Language: English

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Event 859 Game>Story: Writing Workshop with Ali Sparkes

Saturday 10 March, 4pm-5.30pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Ali Sparkes
Did you know that playing video games can help you write amazing stories?

Ali Sparkes helps young gamers develop their writing skills in this interactive workshop that looks at the way games tell stories and how they can inspire ideas. Put down the controller and create your own new world!

The tutor: Ali Sparkes is the author of the Shapeshifter series, the story of a boy with shapeshifting superpowers. She also wrote the Blue Peter Award-winning Frozen in Time, a time Travel & Adventure, and Sleepless, the first book of her new Night Speakers series.

Language: English

Age Group: 10-14

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