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Quick Pitch 1

Event 807 Friday 3 March, 10am-1pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Luigi Bonomi

Literary Agent Luigi Bonomi returns to Dubai once again and wants to hear you pitch your novel.

You have 15 minutes to present your one-page synopsis, 50-word back cover blurb and the first five pages of your manuscript. Luigi Bonomi will use his long experience in the publishing industry – representing authors including Alan Titchmarsh, David Gibbins, Matthew Dunn, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan as well as six Montegrappa Writing Prize Winners – to tell you if your book has a chance and how you can make it more appealing.

18 lucky participants will be chosen to make their pitch. To apply, please submit the first five pages of your manuscript as a Microsoft Word document to submissions@elfdubai.org by 16th January 2017.

Luigi will choose the most promising opening pages by 26th January, when we will contact the successful participants for booking and payment. Fiction and non-fiction books for all ages are permitted, excluding picture books.

Language: English

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The Pillars of Screenwriting

Event 834 Friday 3 March, 11.30am-1.30pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Nicolas Forzy
If you are keen to sharpen your screenwriting skills then this is the workshop for you! Published author and media professional Nicolas Forzy will introduce you to the three essential pillars of screenwriting – world, character and plot. With a focus on feature film screenwriting, the elements under examination are equally relevant to short film and TV series screenwriting – all of which will be discussed in this not-to-be-missed workshop.

The tutor: Nicolas Forzy is a screenwriter and novelist. He wrote, directed and produced the feature film Ambition, and applied his screenwriting techniques to his novels AlphaNumeric and Blue Gene. He is developing an online interconnected story universe that is open to other writers hoping to collaborate on shared stories.

Language: English

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Transformed by Music: Songwriting Workshop

Event 804 Friday 3 March, 2pm-4pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Take a journey of songwriting in this talk and workshop by Sharif Al Maghraby. ‘Transformed by Music’ is an inspirational talk blending music, creativity, self-discovery and insights about how art can lead us to becoming better versions of ourselves. Sharif will follow the talk with practical songwriting activities to help you start writing your next hit – just bring your imagination!

The tutor: Sharif Al Maghraby is a singer/songwriter/guitarist who has been playing and performing his original music for more than 20 years. He co-founded the acoustic fusion band Dahab, who released two albums and performed to thousands in Dubai, Cairo and Bahrain; his new progressive blues band BluShaman is working on their first album.

Language: English

Age Group: 16-25

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Quick Pitch 2

Event 815 Friday 3 March, 2pm-5pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Luigi Bonomi
Literary Agent Luigi Bonomi returns to Dubai once again and wants to hear you pitch your novel.

You have 15 minutes to present your one-page synopsis, 50-word back cover blurb and the first five pages of your manuscript. Luigi Bonomi will use his long experience in the publishing industry – representing authors including Alan Titchmarsh, David Gibbins, Matthew Dunn, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan as well as six Montegrappa Writing Prize Winners – to tell you if your book has a chance and how you can make it more appealing.

18 lucky participants will be chosen to make their pitch. To apply, please submit the first five pages of your manuscript as a Microsoft Word document to submissions@elfdubai.org by 16th January 2017.

Luigi will choose the most promising opening pages by 26th January, when we will contact the successful participants for booking and payment. Fiction and non-fiction books for all ages are permitted, excluding picture books.

Language: English

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Writing Successfully for Young Adults: Find Out How

Event 806 Friday 3 March, 4.30pm-6pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Sonia Nimr
This workshop will help you to build your novel-writing skills through learning new techniques, ensuring the language is accessible and the plot compelling.

Tutor Sonia Nimr writes with a distinctive style that mixes the basic writing ingredients with rich descriptive language. Her writing takes a fun, human approach to traditional culture and folklore, in language that speaks to modern young adults and inspires their imaginations.

The workshop is open to anyone who wants to write for young adults – whether you are just starting out or an existing YA writer trying to improve your style.

The tutor: Sonia Nimr is a Palestinian author and storyteller who has published numerous books for Children and Young Adults. She is the author of Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands

Language: Arabic

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Writing True Crime: Where to Begin

Event 805 Friday 3 March, 5.30pm-7.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Liz Porter
The success of TV series such as Netflix’s Making a Murderer have thrust the True Crime genre into the spotlight. This stranger-than-fiction world of True Crime writing, the battles of wits between criminals and investigators, and the amazing breakthroughs that can be made by forensic scientists make for gripping reading, but if you’re planning to make your own contribution to the genre you should be aware of what you are getting into. Award-winning author Liz Porter is here to help. In this two-hour interactive workshop, Porter will talk through the opportunities and pitfalls of true crime writing and help you develop your ideas.

The tutor: Liz Porter is the author of Written on the Skin (winner of the 2007 Ned Kelly Prize) and Cold Case Files (winner of the 2012 Sisters in Crime Davitt Award). Her writing on forensic science, crime writing and law has been widely praised and she is a highly regarded public speaker on these subjects.

Notepads will be provided; alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet to take notes.

Language: English

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How to Learn a Language – in an Hour!

Event 800 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11am Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Zora O'Neill
Zora O’Neill travelled the Arab world on a mission to learn Arabic as it is spoken, but that’s not the only way to get to grips with a language. There are many different routes to language acquisition, and in this fast-moving masterclass Zora will introduce a number of different language-learning strategies to get you on the road to fluency.

The tutor: Zora O’Neill is the author of All Strangers are Kin, a memoir of her travels to Egypt, the UAE, Morocco and Lebanon on a mission to improve her Arabic skills by learning different dialects.

Language: English

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The Write Formula 1

Event 810 Saturday 4 March, 11.30am-1.30pm Al Waha, InterContinental

If you want an agent’s detailed feedback on your manuscript-in-progress, this is the session for you! When you book you will be assigned a one-to-one slot with literary agent Jonathan Lloyd, Chairman of Curtis Brown, whose bestselling clients include Jeffrey Archer, Tom Bower, Antonia Fraser, Anthony Horowitz, Annabel Karmel and Freya North.

Jonathan will read the first 1,000 words of participants’ manuscripts in advance so that he can give detailed feedback, so please submit a Microsoft Word document containing the first 1,000 words along with a synopsis of the book via our website after you book (submissions open when tickets go on sale). Fiction and non-fiction books for all ages are permitted, excluding picture books.

There are only eight places available in each Write Formula session, so book early to avoid disappointment!
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You will need to provide your order number to book the slot.
Language: English

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The Write Formula 2

Event 820 Saturday 4 March, 2.30pm-4.30pm Al Waha, InterContinental

If you want an agent’s detailed feedback on your manuscript-in-progress, this is the session for you! When you book you will be assigned a one-to-one slot with literary agent Jonathan Lloyd, Chairman of Curtis Brown, whose bestselling clients include Jeffrey Archer, Tom Bower, Antonia Fraser, Anthony Horowitz, Annabel Karmel and Freya North.

Jonathan will read the first 1,000 words of participants’ manuscripts in advance so that he can give detailed feedback, so please submit a Microsoft Word document containing the first 1,000 words along with a synopsis of the book via our website after you book (submissions open when tickets go on sale). Fiction and non-fiction books for all ages are permitted, excluding picture books.

There are only eight places available in each Write Formula session, so book early to avoid disappointment!
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You will need to provide your order number to book the slot.
Language: English

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The Write Formula 3

Event 808 Saturday 4 March, 5pm-7pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Eve White
If you want an agent’s detailed feedback on your manuscript-in-progress, this is the session for you! When you book you will be assigned a one-to-one slot with literary agent Eve White, founder of the Eve White Literary Agency, whose bestselling clients include Andy Stanton, Ruth Ware, Darran Anderson and Saskia Sarginson.

Eve will read the first 1,000 words of participants’ manuscripts in advance so that she can give detailed feedback, so please submit a Microsoft Word document containing the first 1,000 words along with a synopsis of the book via our website after you buy (submissions open when tickets go on sale). Fiction and non-fiction books for all ages are permitted, excluding picture books.

There are only eight places available in each Write Formula session, so book early to avoid disappointment!
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You will need to provide your order number to book the slot.
Language: English

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Voicing Your Opinions: Writing a Hit Column

Event 803 Saturday 4 March, 6pm-8pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Mehr Tarar
Have you ever dreamed of writing for a national newspaper – or having the world follow your every word online?

Mehr Tarar’s columns, recently published as Leaves From Lahore, cover ground as diverse as religious rights, gender equality, international relations and social issues of all kinds, but their unifying feature is her confident, articulate voice. In this hands-on workshop, she will help you develop your own journalistic voice so that you can speak out about the issues that matter to you – and have people coming back for more.

The tutor: Mehr Tarar is an outspoken and popular Pakistani journalist, currently working as Op-Ed Editor at the Daily Times, where she also writes her acclaimed column. A collection of her writing was recently published as Leaves from Lahore.

Language: English

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How to Write Vibrant Children's Stories

Event 813 Saturday 4 March, 6.30pm-8pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

Children’s stories capture the imaginations of children by engaging their emotions and making them feel part of the story – and the best stories will stay with children throughout their life.

If you want to write a living and memorable children’s book, then Shaima Al Marzooqi can help you!

In this workshop you will learn the main elements of a good children’s story. You will identify the age group you want to write for and then develop the subject, characters and plot using age-appropriate language.

The tutor: Shaima AlMarzooqi is an Emirati children’s and young adult author and journalist. She has written a number of children’s books such as The New Project, Paper Trip, How Much I Love My Dad and more. Her workshops for children and adults are always well received.

Language: Arabic

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Powerful Presence, Clarity and Success

Event 840 Wednesday 8 March, 9.30am-2pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

In today’s world, it is essential to present yourself well if you want to succeed, whether you’re speaking to an audience, a boardroom – or a literary agent!

Mai El Khalifa’s two decades of experience in the world of television means that she knows the importance of achieving competitive presence through how you speak and how you act. In this half-day workshop, she will teach the principles of presence and clarity that are required for success.

This workshop is for executives, authors, speakers and anyone who wants to boost their confidence and obtain the skills they need to promote themselves in today’s world.

The tutor: Mai El Khalifa is a TV broadcast professional and certified professional coach with an in-depth understanding of the issues facing international businesspeople.

Language: English

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Fiction Some More: A Generative Workshop

Event 814 Wednesday 8 March, 10am-1pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Trying to ignite your inspiration? You need to Fiction Some More!

This interactive and generative workshop from writer and editor Hananah Zaheer is designed to boost your writing skills, push you past writer's block, and get you writing stories.

Using a range of exercises and techniques, this workshop will focus on discovering how putting restraints on creating new work can enhance creativity. Some feedback will be provided in class, and participants will leave the workshop with one short story draft in hand.

The tutor: Hananah Zaheer is Fiction Editor for the Four Way Review and the Potomac Review. She earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart prize. She has also been awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA) and was a finalist for the Doris Betts fiction prize 2014. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Language: English

Age: 18+

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How to Self-Publish Your Book

Event 818 Wednesday 8 March, 6pm-8pm Al Waha, InterContinental

If you’re thinking of self-publishing your writing, you have an unprecedented range of opportunities open to you – some of which will be much more suitable than others. Alexander McNabb will help you make sense of the options!

McNabb will take you through the key steps of a successful self-publishing career: choosing the most suitable platform for your work, how to go about editing and design (or how to hire people to help), uploading your book and the important but challenging business of marketing, public relations and promotion – making your book stand out in a crowded market.

This workshop combines advice and tips with practical work; you should leave the workshop with a better grasp of the challenges and opportunities on offer.

The tutor: Alexander McNabb has been living and working in the Middle East for 30 years and currently divides his time between consulting on media, publishing and digital communications, and writing and self-publishing his books.

His most recent books are the gripping, disturbingly plausible thriller Birdkill and his first children’s book, Nanny’s Magical Cheese Box.

Language: English

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100 Things Successful People Do

Event 830 Friday 10 March, 10am-12pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Do you want to succeed in life – and find happiness in what you are doing? Leadership and coaching expert Nigel Cumberland, author of 100 Things Successful People Do, is here to help! In this workshop he will teach you how to identify what makes you happy, what you are aiming to succeed at, and what you can change to make it happen.

The tutor: Nigel Cumberland is the co-founder of Silk Road Partnership, a leading global provider of executive coaching and leadership training solutions. In addition to 100 Things Successful People Do, he is the author of several management and leadership books, including Secrets of Success at Work: 50 Techniques to Excel and Finding and Hiring Talent in a Week.

Language: English

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Writing a Thriller with Character

Event 857 Friday 10 March, 10am-11:30am Al Khayma, InterContinental

What is the key to a good thriller? Eric Van Lustbader says that the character is key – a hero who is well-developed enough for the audience to believe in no matter how deep the conspiracy goes or how dangerous the action gets.

In this writing masterclass, Lustbader will introduce the class to the techniques used in constructing a gripping, character-driven thriller.

The tutor: Eric Van Lustbader is the author of the long-running Ninja series starring Nicholas Linnear. His friendship with Robert Ludlum began with their shared interest in writing strong characters, and led to Lustbader being chosen to continue the epic Jason Bourne series. The stars of his latest thriller, Any Minute Now, follow in this tradition – heroic, damaged and determined to finish their deadly mission.

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Peter Dale’s Crossword Enigma (beginners)

Event 842 Friday 10 March, 12pm-1.30pm Al Waha, 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, back after a sell-out workshop in 2016, will provide practical guidance in the wordplay and hidden meanings of this classic puzzle’s befuddling clues – this time with a distinctly enigmatic twist!

This workshop is beginner level. If you are already a cryptic crossword enthusiast looking to improve your skills, why not check out Peter Dale’s Advanced Enigmas?

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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Photography on the Move: Turning Journeys into Visual Stories

Event 856 Friday 10 March, 12.30pm-2.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Michael Freeman has made a career of telling powerful visual stories. In this masterclass he will share what he has learned from his experiences producing photographic narratives from his journeys all over the world.

Michael has long argued that composition matters a lot more than hardware when it comes to taking top-quality photos. Even your phone’s camera can be used for a whole lot more than selfies – if you develop a photographer’s eye for capturing a story in a picture.

No camera equipment required; notepads will be provided.

The tutor: Michael Freeman is one of the most widely published photographers worldwide. He has lectured and taught workshops on photography all over the world. He was awarded the Prix Louis Phillipe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. His latest photography book is Fifty Paths to Creative Photography and his latest book of reportage is The Tea Horse Road.

Language: English

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Peter Dale’s Advanced Enigmas (intermediate/advanced)

Event 844 Friday 10 March, 2pm-3.30pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Peter Dale
Are you a cryptic crossword fan looking to take on tougher challenges? If so, then Peter Dale, whose beginner-level workshop sold out at the 2016 festival, is back with further training for people who have mastered the basics and now want to crack the most intricate clues.

This workshop is intermediate/advanced level. If you are just starting out, you should first check out Peter Dale’s Crossword Enigma.

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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