Writing Mistressclass with Abi Daré: Beginnings

Event details

Tuesday 24th Jan 2023


Do you have a story to tell? Start your writing journey at this unique novel-writing workshop led by bestselling author Abi Daré, with practical tips and inspiration drawn from Women’s Prize-winning novels.

The new year ushers in an opportunity for new beginnings. Take your passion for books to the next level by using your favourite novels by women to inspire your journey as a writer. This writing workshop is for anyone who has an idea for a story to tell – or simply the impulse to write – but isn’t sure where to start.

Through a blend of thought-provoking discussion, inspiring examples, easy-to-follow writing exercises and audience Q&A, you will be invited to drop your guard and find creative and accessible ways into fiction writing – and stop limiting yourself by thinking what you produce has to be perfect. 

In an informal, supportive setting, be guided by a highly respected writer – who knows and has overcome the blocks you may be facing now – and gain valuable insights into the creative process, as well as habits you can embed into your own writing routine. 

Make 2023 the year you commit words to paper and start writing the story you want to tell.

Brought to you by the Women’s Prize Trust, the charity behind the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the greatest celebration of women’s creativity in the world. The Mistressclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar (19:00-20:30).

Date: Tuesday 24th January 2023

Time: 19:00

Location: Online

Tickets: £25

Abi Daré is the author of The Girl with the Louding Voice, which was a New York Times bestseller, a #ReadWithJenna Today Show book club pick, and an Indie Next Pick. She grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and went on to study law at the University of Wolverhampton and has an MSc in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University as well as an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. Abi lives in Essex, UK with her husband and two daughters, who inspired her to write her debut novel.

Five free places are available for women on a low income whose financial situation prohibits them from attending the event, resident in England or Wales, prioritising those from marginalised backgrounds (writers of colour, disabled writers, LGBTQ writers and other under-represented groups).  If you are not sure what low-income means, the Citizens Advice Bureau has some useful guidelines here, and there are some helpful calculations here to show how these margins are measured by the Government across the country. If you are a full-time student or pensioner, or in receipt of any kind of Universal Credit, you are eligible to apply.

To apply, please email info@womensprizeforfiction.co.uk with the subject line: ‘Mistressclass subsidised place’, with a little bit about yourself, why you are interested, how you think you will benefit from the session, and attaching any relevant paperwork you have.

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