Saturday, 29 June 2013

August Writing Courses at Diwan

Please note that to register you must go to the Diwan store you wish to take the course in and give your name and payment in advance - as seats go quickly!  *Diwan deal with ALL registration.

Menu of my August Courses at Diwan


 Creative Writing Course with Linda Cleary

The Creative Writing course acts as an extended masterclass looking at various techniques and exercises to open up and improve writing skills, work with metaphor and imagery, create texts and narratives to given themes and word counts as well as free writing.

There is no criteria other than a willingness to open up one's writing; the course is designed that people of varying writing experience can participate and each draw their individual benefits.

4 weeks (8 hr course)

once a week on Tuesdays starting 13th August

from 7.30pm to 9.30pm

at Diwan Zamalek


4 weeks (8 hr course)

once a week on Saturdays now starting 24th August

from 7.30pm to 9.30pm AMENDED to start time of 1pm during curfew

at Diwan Heliopolis

Price 540 LE

Limited number – please register in advance

Age group: for adults (17 yrs +)

Info on Linda Cleary:


Short Story Course with Linda Cleary

For those who completed the 4 week Creative Writing course or who have proven writing skills.

This course focuses on work on character, voice, atmosphere and plot and we continue with further creative writing expansion techniques.

We also read published short stories for discussion and understanding format, focusing on the necessary elements for each student to produce a final draft of a 1000 word narrative.

4 weeks (8 hr course)

once a week on Mondays now starting 26th August

from 7.30pm to 9.30pm AMENDED to start time of 4.30pm during curfew

at Diwan Heliopolis

Price 540 LE

Limited number – please register in advance

Age group: for adults (17 yrs +)

Info on Linda Cleary:

Monday, 17 June 2013

Aurora Borealis and an Adventure

During the new Dreams & Writing course that started tonight (which is another fabulous group of talented and beautiful people) I got this sudden strong, very vivid and almost urgent will to find a camera person/documenter to come with me on an adventure to see the Aurora Borealis and also to a South Pacific Volcano. I have an idea (seriously) to get funding and do a part visual documentary/part fictional film/part written narrative not just on the trip but the symbology it holds for me; my own personal myths - the idea of belief and reality and how separate that often is. This is a fledgeling idea but I can see it and I know it would work. So... I need to find a documenter to do this with me!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Dreams & Writing course in Cairo

Dear All :)

I hope you are well.

I have decided to offer the Dreams & Writing course as a 3 session course here in Cairo. 

*The next Dream & Writing residential courses in Fayoum, Aswan, Siwa will be in September/October onwards.

Dreams & Writing Course
This 3 session writing course will look at how to use the alchemy of our own dream tapestry to weave into our creative writing.  We can use our dreams to work on theme, characters and archetypes, dramatic structure and plot.  We will also look at how Jung dealt with dreams and drama.  We will also look at Dreamtime totems and the dreaming of landscape.

The sessions will be Mondays, starting 17th June, 7pm till 10pm. (3 hr sessions on Monday 17th/24th and July 1st)

Venue - my apartment in Dokki, by Pyramisa Hotel (full address on registration).

Only 10 people maximum on the course, so to ensure your place register soon by email to:

Cost per student = LE 700


All best,  Linda

Open Mic at The Writers' Centre, Mizan, Maadi

My Lovelies! My dear ones! Ya sha3reen! Oh Writers, Poets, Performers, Musicians, Artists!

The Phoenix is risen and the Open Mic night is to be with us once more, in renewed glory and delight we shall be in our new home at Mizan, Maadi.

Come all ye faithful and all ye philanderers, come and be intoxicated and satiate your souls.

Book your name on the list if you wish to read/orate/perform.
*To put your name on the list tell me here as a comment on this event or email me:

Acoustic music only as no plug in (mic available however).

30 LE entrance

*Performers in for free (only performers on the list don't pay)

Bring flowers!!!!

Time and Place
7.30pm to 10.30opm
Wednesday 19th June, 2013
at Mizan
Villa 46, Road 9, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt
(opposite Diwan on Rd 9 and by Sakanet metro station) 

Sunday, 9 June 2013

All Things In Good Time

Dear All

Well it's been a busy time as ever here in Cairo with courses and working with various private students also.  I have also been doing a lot of my own work, my own writing, both with new poems and also a new series of short stories Stories From the Other Side - you can check my blog for that: 

I was hoping to join a writers' residency program myself through July/August in Europe, looking at Berlin and Italy, however it all seems rather convoluted! And so now I shall just go on a European sojourn through July and return to Cairo after Ramadan (or at least towards the end).  I want to put together a publication and so I need to take time out to collect which work I will include and also write some new work.

In terms of the Writers' Centre.. well.. there is something in the oven cooking up but that is all I shall say for now!  But you can expect a few events in June before Ramadan at 'a as yet unnamed location..' - events such as some film screenings (of films taken from novels), and an open mic.  Then in the autumn I hope to be in situ in the new place and having a program of events and the drop in centre and courses - All!  I shall also be programming in a series of Creative Writing residential trips to Fayoum, Bahareya, Siwa and Aswan from autumn onwards, when the heat cools down a little!  So watch this space for all details as they get released!

And last but by no means least - I am planning to stage a Writers' Ball!!  Think - villa, masks, feathers, music, dance!  I have the villa, kindly donated by a friend!

All shall be revealed in good time..

For now, adieu!  :)