This series of seminars aims to provide writers with the tools they need to develop and extend their creative writing, with the goal of publishing in mind. There will be four seminars, held every Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., starting July 6th until July 27th. Each day will focus on a certain subject in relation to the technicalities of writing including first drafts, editing and feedback, continuing development, and querying/submissions.

By the end of the four seminars, writers will have picked up valuable skills and knowledge they can use in short story writing or for novels. There will also be practical advice on how to move forward with their writing, including places to get ongoing feedback, how to develop a writing routine, how to seek improvement in their craft, publishing and more.

The workshop will be given by Layla AlAmmar. Layla has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and will begin a PhD in Arab Women's Fiction in September 2019. Her debut novel, The Pact We Made, was published by Borough Press, an imprint of HarperCollins, in March 2019, and her second novel, Silence is a Sense, will be out in Spring 2021 (Borough/Algonquin). Her short stories have appeared in the Evening Standard, Quail Bell Magazine, The Red Letters St. Andrews Prose Journal, and Aesthetica Magazine where her story “The Lagoon” was a finalist for the Creative Writing Award 2014. In 2018, she was British Council International Writer in Residence at the Small Wonder Short Story Festival.

Participants must be 18+ years old to join this workshop

  • The fee for this seminar per day is KWD15
  • The Fee for this seminar for the four days is KWD40