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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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How to Construct a Novel: From Idea to Submission

Event 849 Saturday 11 March, 10am-12pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

What does it take to turn a two-sentence idea into a complete novel? Author and editor Victoria Lustbader is here to show you what you need to do to complete your work, whether you are stuck on that first idea, in the midst of writing or sitting on a finished manuscript but not sure if it’s any good!

Just bring along your own two-sentence idea for a novel – whether it’s one you intend to write or not – and Lustbader will pick an example or two from everyone’s idea and lead the group through the process of preparing to write The Book.

The tutor: Victoria Lustbader is both a published author and a professional editor. Her editing work has included editing Analog Magazine and Senior Editor for SF/Fantasy at Berkeley Publishing Group; she currently divides her time between her own writing and editing the books of her husband, Eric Van Lustbader. Her critically-acclaimed books include Stone Creek, Hidden and Approaching the Speed of Light.

Language: English

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Screenwriting: Creating A Dramatic Scene

Event 817 Saturday 11 March, 12pm-2pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Adnan Alaoda
In this interactive workshop taught by screenwriter Adnan Alaoda, you will have a chance to learn a crucial writing skill – how to perfect a key dramatic scene in your script.

Focusing on a single scene for a TV or cinema script, Alaoda will teach you how to construct a truly gripping turning point for your narrative. He will go over the types of scene and the necessary components needed for immersive, dramatic storytelling.

Adnan Alaoda is a Syrian poet and screenwriter and the Event Manager of Al Rewaq Cultural and Artistic Event Center Dubai.

His TV work includes Finjan Al Adam, Abwab Al Ghaym, and a series about the poetry of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

His plays include Zabib and Khail Taiha, which won the Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi Arab Theatre Festival Award.

He is also the author of a poetry collection, Sakran Al Majanine.

Language: Arabic

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Researching Your Novel

Event 847 Saturday 11 March, 12.30pm-2.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Jill Dawson
Just because you’re writing fiction doesn’t mean you can escape research! If you want readers to stay immersed in your story then understanding the principles of good research is vital.

Jill Dawson is known for the meticulous research in her novels like Fred and Edie and The Crime Writer; books that feature real people brought to life by her attention to detail. This workshop, suitable for writers of all levels, will help you get the details right.

The tutor: Jill Dawson is the author of the novels The Crime Writer, The Tell-Tale Heart, Fred and Edie and more, as well as poetry, short stories and screenplays. She has been shortlisted for the Orange and Whitbread Prizes, and has taught creative writing at Amherst College Massachusetts, the National University of Singapore and the University of East Anglia.

Language: English

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Rock Camp for Girls Songwriting Workshop - International Women's Day

Event 850 Saturday 11 March, 2.30pm-3.30pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Carla Saad
A fantastic chance for girls to celebrate International Women’s Day with song. This workshop from master songwriter Carla Saad will teach the art of writing powerful lyrics, and will help girls build confidence in their own lyrical storytelling.

The tutor: Carla Saad is the singer-songwriter at the heart of Dubai-based band As Per Casper and one of the co-founders of Rock Camp for Girls UAE. As Per Casper’s album Hit the Ground was released in November 2016 and the band has already been acknowledged as one of the most exciting acts in the UAE’s music scene.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 12-18

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Well Versed: How to Write Poetry that’s On Point

Event 851 Saturday 11 March, 3.30pm-5.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Whether you’re a beginner or a practiced poet, this hands-on, collaborative workshop with Amanda Calderon will get you thinking and writing outside the box. Participants will experiment with a variety of exercises and prompts, and you will leave the workshop with beautiful and surprising poems and beginnings of poems. Sharing of work will be encouraged. 

The tutor: Amanda Calderon is the recipient of fellowships from U.S. Poets in Mexico, Poets House, and the Norman Mailer Center. Her work can be found in Poetry (US), Kenyon Review, Sangam House (India), Poets & Writers, and Words Without Borders. She lives in New York City.

Language: English

Age Group: 14-18

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Inventing Villains

Event 855 Saturday 11 March, 4pm-5.30pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Who’s your favourite baddie? Vile villains like Lord Voldemort, Miss Trunchbull and the Child Catcher haunt us long after the story ends (even into adulthood), and now it’s your turn to do your best at dreaming up the worst.

Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher, takes participants through a series of exciting activities to come up with the most despicable villain they can imagine, including devising an abominable appearance and nefarious name for their evil creation.

The tutor: Abi Elphinstone is the author of The Dreamsnatcher, The Shadow Keeper and The Night Spinner, wild adventures with, of course, terrifying villains! She is currently researching for a new series of books set in the Arctic.

Language: English

Age Group: 8-12

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