Photos of Tawona Sitholé, Chitra Ramaswamy, Sean Wai Keung, Rachelle Atalla, and Tendai Huchu against a dark blue background. Text: Crafting Genres Workshop Series. 8th, 20th, 25th, 31st July and 6th August. For Black Writers & Writers of Colour based in Scotland. With Tawona Sitholé, Chitra Ramaswamy, Sean Wai Keung, Rachelle Atalla, and Tendai Huchu.

Crafting Genres Workshop Series – 8th July to 6th August 2024

We’re delighted to present our summer Crafting Genres series of workshops, part-funded by Scottish Book Trust Live Literature

Please be mindful when booking. This is a session for Black writers & writers of colour* based in Scotland (or who, pre-COVID, would normally be resident in Scotland). 

These events are open to writers of colour in Scotland from all experience levels. 

By participating in our events you agree to adhere to our Safer Spaces Policy.

Tickets are £5 for each event (or free if you are unable to pay). We will never turn anyone away due to lack of funds. However, we rely on ticket sales to help cover the costs of running events. If you have any questions, please contact us scottishbpocwriters@gmail.com.

In addition, there is an optional pay what you can donation to SBWN, to help sustain the running of the organisation.

 

Drawing-Infused Writing Workshop with Tawona Sitholé

Photo of Tawona Sithole against a background image of a bookshelf. Text: Drawing-Infused Writing Workshop. For Black Writers & Writers of Colour based in Scotland. Crafting Genres Workshop Series with Tawona Sitholé.
A multi-disciplinary online writing workshop exploring how we can combine drawing and writing. This workshop is suitable for writers (or people who write) and who also draw or doodle and are interested in how these two practices can inform and support each other.
 
About Tawona:
Better known as Ganyamatope, my ancestral family name, my heritage inspires me to connect with other people through creativity. A poet, mbira musician and playwright, I am co-founder of Seeds of Thought, non-profit arts group. I spend time organising and building our relationships, writing plays, poetry and performing. Lecturer and UNESCO artist-in-residence at the University of Glasgow.


Writing Your Memoir Workshop with Chitra Ramaswamy

Photo of Chitra Ramaswamy against a background image of a bookshelf. Text: Writing Your Memoir Workshop. For Black Writers & Writers of Colour based in Scotland. 20th July 2024, 10:00am-11:30am. Online. Crafting Genres Workshop Series with Chitra Ramaswamy.

Do you dream of writing your memoir? In our memoir writing workshop with Chitra Ramaswamy, participants will be guided in ways to approach memoir writing. 


This workshop is suitable for writers and people with a writing practice, beginners and experienced, who are working on or want to write a memoir.
 
 
About Chitra:

Chitra Ramaswamy is an author and journalist. Her latest book, Homelands: The History of a Friendship (Canongate) won the Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year and was included in The Guardian’s top memoirs and biographies of 2022. Her first book, Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy (Saraband) won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award,  was shortlisted for the Polari Prize, and was reissued in spring 2024. She writes for The Guardian, is the restaurant critic for The Times Scotland, broadcasts for BBC Radio, and is currently working on her third book. She is from London and lives in Edinburgh.  


Recipes and Food Writing as Activism Workshop with Sean Wai Keung

Photo of Sean Wai Keung against a background image of a bookshelf. Text: Recipes and Food Writing as Activism Workshop. For Black Writers & Writers of Colour based in Scotland. 25th July 2024, 7:00pm-8:30pm Online. Crafting Genres Workshop Series with Sean Wai Keung.
Sean will guide participants in food as writing inspiration and how to use food writing in community contexts. 
 
This workshop is suitable for writers and people with a writing practice, beginners and experienced.

 

About Sean:

Sean Wai Keung is a Glasgow-based poet and performance maker whose work often explores concepts of mixed-ness and migration. His immersive and interactive performance piece ‘A History of Fortune Cookies’ received the 2024 Autopsy Award and will be staged throughout August at Summerhall, Edinburgh. For more information, please visit seanwaikeung.carrd.co


Writing a Thriller Novel Workshop with Rachelle Atalla

Photo of Rachelle Atalla against a background image of a bookshelf. Text: Writing a Thriller Novel Workshop. For Black Writers & Writers of Colour based in Scotland. 31st July 2024, 7:00pm-8:30pm Online. Crafting Genres Workshop Series with Rachelle Atalla.

Working on a thriller novel? In our writing workshop with Rachelle Atalla, participants will be guided in how to take an unconventional approach to thriller writing.

This workshop is suitable for writers and people with a writing practice, beginners and experienced, who are working on or want to write a thriller.

 

About Rachelle:

Rachelle Atalla is a Scottish-Egyptian novelist, short story writer and screenwriter based in Glasgow. Her debut novel The Pharmacist was shortlisted for Best Fiction at the Scottish National Book Awards. In 2023, she published her second novel Thirsty Animals, and in 2024 she publishes her third novel The Salt Flats. Her short stories have been published widely, she has written for BBC Radio 4, is the recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award, and in 2024 Rachelle was appointed as the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow, hosted by the University of Stirling. In screenwriting, her first short film Trifle was commissioned by the Scottish Film & Talent Network, her first feature was developed with BBC Film, and she is now developing a film adaption of The Pharmacist with Compact Pictures and the BFI. 
 
Twitter/X handle @rachelle_ata / IG handle @rachelleatalla 


Intro to Writing Fantasy workshop with Tendai Huchu

Photo of Tendai Huchu against a background image of a bookshelf. Text: Intro to Writing Fantasy Workshop. For Black Writers & Writers of Colour based in Scotland. 6th August 2024, 7:00pm-8:30pm Online. Crafting Genres Workshop Series with Tendai Huchu.

Tendai will guide participants through and introduction to writing fantasy.

This workshop is suitable for writers and people with a writing practice, beginners and experienced.

 

About Tendai:

T.L. Huchu’s work has appeared in ‘Lightspeed’, ‘Interzone’, ‘Analog Science Fiction & Fact’, ‘The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021’, ‘Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine’, ‘Mystery Weekly’, ‘The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016’, and elsewhere. He is the winner of a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award (2023), Alex Award (2022), the Children’s Africana Book Award (2021), a Nommo Award for African SFF (2022, 2017), and has been shortlisted for the Caine Prize (2014) and the Grand prix de l’Imaginaire (2019). The fourth book in his Edinburgh Nights series titled ‘The Legacy of Arniston House’ is out in November 2024. Find him @TendaiHuchu.

Access

Please add your access requirements when you book your ticket. Access included as standard:

  • The event will be live captioned by Otter.ai, the transcript and audio recording will be deleted after 4 weeks.
  • All SBWN events will adhere to our Safer Spaces Policy.
  • For participants on low incomes, we have some bursaries for data (£8) and caregiver/childcare (£30) for online events; plus travel (up to £50 within Scotland) for in-person events. Please contact us via email scottishbpocwriters@gmail.com or add during booking.

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