Write advice in Deeside

Aspiring novelists and writers of short stories can can get some expert advice in Deeside this summer when renowned novelist and short story writer, Margaret Elphinstone, will lead a one-day creative writing course for budding authors.

Margaret, an Emeritus Professor of Writing at Strathclyde University, has extensive experience of leading writing courses and workshops with writers at all stages.

The one-day course entitled `Shining a light on the writer inside’ has been organised by Deeside Writers and will take place on Sunday, June 24 at The Potarch Hotel from 9.30am – 4pm. The title takes its inspiration from one of Margaret’s novels `Light’.

The sessions will focus on novel and short story writing combining creative writing exercises with useful practical tips and guidance as well as feedback on work produced during the day.

Yvonne Stevenson-Robb of Deeside Writers said; “We are really excited to have secured Margaret Elphinstone for the day. As one of Scotland’s well-respected historical novelists she will be an inspiration. Having been lucky enough to have experienced one of her workshops I know that she has plenty of advice for writers of all levels. Her writing is generally described as ‘a crisp style of prose, that sets a strong sense of time and place.’ We’re looking forward to a wonderfully creative day and hopefully welcoming new members to the Deeside Writers.”

Margaret Elphinstone has published eight novels, the latest being The Gathering Night, set among the hunter-gatherers of Mesolithic Scotland. Her fiction is largely historical and is characterised by her portrayal of people on journeys to places on the edge where cultures and ideas meet and evolve.

The cost of the day is £55 (£50 for members of Deeside Writers) which includes a soup and sandwich lunch and teas and coffees. Interested parties should contact Ruth Howell on 01224 867248 or celtic.harpy@hotmail.co.uk