Inspired by Muriel Spark's career as writer and critic, and to mark the centenary of her birth in 2018, we are offering a programme of workshops and events for aspiring writers and critics.
These events are open to everyone who would like to develop and hone their skills and to discover more about writing as a career.
Please note these are paid-for events and you can only book them online.
Workshop: Literary criticism in the digital age
As arts pages in print newspapers are shrinking, literary critics are looking at specialist publications and online to analyse and discuss today's writing. Critic and arts journalist Kaite Welsh will show how to get started as a critic or book reviewer and how to take advantage of a new wave of online criticism.
Wednesday 21 February
Charge: £5 per person. Book for literary criticism workshop via Eventbrite (no phone bookings).
Seminar: Writing as craft and career
With creative writing courses on the rise and 'author' topping
the list of most desirable professions, what do today's writers
really need to know? Join some of the key players in Scottish
literature to find out what you need in your toolkit to have a
sustainable career as a writer:
Jenny Lindsay: 'Spoken word in Scotland'; Louise Welsh or Zoe Strachan: 'The future of Creative Writing degrees'; Kaite Welsh: How to build a sustainable writing career: Chitra Ramaswamy, Nathaniel Kunitsky, Laura Waddell: #Scotlandneedsdiversebooks.
Wednesday 28 February
Charge: £10 per person (includes tea and coffee). Book for creative writing one-day seminar via Eventbrite (no phone bookings).
Creative writing workshop: Writing the past
Historical fiction — from the likes of Hilary Mantel and Sarah Waters, for example — grabs the attention of both readers and authors. Learn how to research and write your own historical novel in this workshop led by Kaite Welsh, author of Edinburgh-based historical crime novel 'The Wages of Sin'.
Tuesday 20 March
Charge: £5 per person. Book for creative writing workshop via Eventbrite (no phone bookings).