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Aye Write book festival launches Creative Writing programme online

Aye Write book festival launches Creative Writing programme online

Aye Write, Glasgow’s Book Festival, has announced today (Monday 10 May) its Creative Writing digital programme to follow the main online book festival taking place later in May.   Aye Write is produced by Glasgow Life, the charity which delivers culture and sport in the city.  

Running from Monday 24 May to Saturday 29 May, the Creative Writing Programme, in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde: Centre for Lifelong Learner, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University and the Gaelic Books Council, offers the chance to develop writing skills in many different forms including sessions on: writing for television with celebrated TV writer Ann Marie di Mambro (Casualty, EastEnders and Inspector Linley); writing for radio with regular BBC Radio contributor Chris Dolan; plus further workshops in song writing, on getting published, Gaelic nature writing and poetry.

The packed six-day programme culminates in a full-day of creative writing tuition, The Aye Write Creative Writing Masterclasses, including lectures on finding your writing voice; perfecting the setting; advice on revising and editing, as well as a live panel of industry experts on how to get published, finishing with an inspiring session with Mayflies author Andrew O’Hagan.

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life said:

“The Creative Writing programme is an integral part of the Aye Write Festival offer. This year’s digital programme will allow budding authors to hone their skills with our wide range of creative writing workshops all from the comfort of their own homes.”

Aye Write programmer, Bob McDevitt said:

"The creative writing programme at Aye Write this year is more comprehensive than it's ever been before, incorporating Gaelic sessions for the first time, hosting a live panel with industry experts and welcoming contributions from prize-winning authors such as Abir Mukherjee, Lucy Caldwell and Andrew O'Hagan. We're hoping that we might inspire and encourage some hitherto unknown best-sellers!"

The Aye Write Creative Writing programme of talks and workshops will be live via the Pay Per View, digital platform.  Details along with the full Aye Write digital book festival programme are available at www.ayewrite.com

There is also the facility to donate to Aye Care, a special fund created to help support the Aye Write book festival, its future and the vital literacy and learning programmes it delivers across the city of Glasgow throughout the year.

Aye Write is grateful for the involvement of the University of Strathclyde: Centre for Lifelong Learner, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University and the Gaelic Books Council, as well as the continued support of media partner The Times and Sunday Times Scotland; funders Creative Scotland and sponsors: Rathbones, Turcan Connell, Charles Stanley, The Open University in Scotland and National Library of Scotland.