Novels That Shaped Our World: Mistressclass Creative Writing Workshop

Join authors Eve Makis and Abi Daré for this guided creative writing workshop for new and emerging women writers focusing on the theme of Power, Politics, and Protest.

Sat, 6 Mar 2021
11:00AM - 1:00PM
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About this event

Nottingham has been selected by the BBC and Libraries Connected to run a series of workshops on the theme of: Politics, Power & Protest- stories about the ideas, people and power struggles that shaped our world. 

Mistressclass is a guided creative writing for new and emerging women writers, on the theme of politics, power and protest. It will include a discussion championing inspiring women writers. We'll be joined by special guest author Abi Daré, who will talk about her work, her path to publication and tips and inspiration for aspiring writers, and there’ll also be a creative writing session –a safe space for women to express themselves and explore writing. 

This series of workshops aim to inspire audiences to talk about the power of the novel to touch us profoundly, to open our eyes to injustices – and sometimes even act as a catalyst for social change. 

Eve Makis is the author of four novels and an award-winning screenplay. Her novel, The Spice Box Letters, was longlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize and translated into seven languages. The Accidental Memoir, a life-writing guide, was published by Harper Collins in 2019. Eve teaches fiction on the MA at Nottingham Trent University where she is writer in residence for the Postcolonial Studies Centre.

Abi Daré grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. She studied law at the University of Wolverhampton and has an M.Sc. in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. Keen to improve her writing, Abi completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University of London, achieving a Distinction. Abi lives in Essex with her husband and two children. Her first novel, The Girl with the Louding Voice, was shortlisted for the 2020 Desmond Elliott Prize. It won The Bath Novel Award in 2018 and was selected as a finalist in The Literary Consultancy Pen Factor competition in 2018. 

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Tickets cost £15 and are free for under 25s.


This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others - either by video or audio-only or both. A link will be sent out shortly before the workshop starts to the email address you enter at the time of booking.

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