Saturday, 27 December 2014

Seeking the Blue Lotus - a Creative Writing Holiday along Egypt's Nile River - coming in spring 2015

The Egyptian Blue Lotus - a dream, a magical flower, a deep history, an eternal story, a Creative Writing Holiday on a 5 star cruise along the Nile river from Luxor to Aswan centred on this remarkable ancient flower coming soon..

Monday, 1 December 2014

Open House at Hypatia Trust

This promises to be a fabulously fun, creative, interesting, worthy Open House day at Hypatia Trust on Saturday daytime 13th December.  Artists, art, food, community projects, craft and book stalls, good people, wonderful space.  Come along!! 

More on Hypatia Trust: http://hypatia-trust.org.uk/



Friday, 24 October 2014

Winter News

Dear All

It seemed easier to write a blog post dealing with this winter's plans and then I can refer people to it in any correspondence when I am asked :)

So.  Here is the plan!

I shall be in UK from mid November and my main business focus is to establish two websites - working with my long term friend and professional collaborator David Lanni of WildBlue Creative.

One website will be for putting my Creative Writing courses online so that all and any interested people can download courses and have online learning with a variety of text, audio and video exercises and other materials to enable a satisfactory student experience.  This site will also have free areas, members' areas, a user forum, Skype and many other features.

The other website will be for my Creative Writing holidays/retreats which till now have been running successfully in a variety of beautiful and inspiring locations within Egypt.  The plan is to expand these writing holidays to an international arena; offering a variety of Creative Writing holidays/retreats in locations such as Florence, Tuscany, south of France, Crete, St Petersburg, Cornwall and many more .. and.. also (of course!) still Egypt  :)

Whilst in UK I will also be teaching an online Creative Writing one hour class once a week for a group organised via LaYinka Sanni, a writing teacher/editor in London.  And I shall be working on editing a novel for at least one Egyptian private student who has a terrific book in the making and we shall work via emails and Skype if and when necessary etc.


And, those of you based in Egypt and reading this may be asking, 'But when will you be back?'.  I have hopes to start Creative Writing courses again at several Diwan bookstores and my other courses at various venues in Cairo and wider Egypt in early 2015.  Once I have got started on my immediate winter plans building the websites I shall be able to give definite times and information of  return plans.

Anyone else interested in online course, editing work or anything else in the meantime from now through winter - please email me with your enquiries:  thewriterscentre@gmail.com

Many thanks and wishing you all a winter wonderland!  :)



Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Writing Retreat in Siwa - A Place of Beauty Beyond



I got back a few days ago from the Siwa writing retreat and what a splendid, inspiring, beautiful and peaceful experience it was!  The landscape is sublime, reminding me of outback Australia, of Balinese jungles, of storybook magical places existing out of time and space.  And from the moment I stepped foot upon Siwa's ground my worries and anxieties were lifted, taken from me and I became carefree and rested.


The group consisted of 5 writers; Mirette, Bahira, Hanaa, Nadine and Noura and myself, the tutor, of course as the 6th.  Each day we had writing class in several fabulous locations, cultural/historical tours to amazing places steeped in story such as the Oracle of Amun and Shali old village.  We had our meals, market shopping for handicrafts, drinking juices and teas by sunset lakes, chatting, laughing, night swims under the full moon and looking at the stars.  Part of the beauty of the trip was the interchange of ideas, friendships, shared moments and smiles - also not least enjoying the creativity and skills of the group's writing. I shall compile the narratives of Siwa into a collection; 'Voices of Siwa' for instance - a collection of monologues by fictional Siwan characters and also a collection of landscape pieces and mythical Siwan beasts!



To get a feeling of the wonder and creativityof the trip please do take a look through the public photo album here:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152854032505337.1073741907.781050336&type=1&l=72d8b5de2a

and the full details of what the trip consisted of can be seen from the original advert here:
http://writerscentre.blogspot.com/2014/08/breathing-in-garden-star-4-day-writing.html

I fully intend to return to Siwa and offer a number of writing retreats there; the next will most probably be in March 2015 - and I will be offering a number of writing retreats worldwide - so stay tuned to this and other news!  :)  


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Creative Writing Online Courses website will be available early 2015

You know what is interesting.. that at the exact time I have started preparing plans for a website which will offer my writing courses online (with written exercises/audio/video/web classes/forums and more).. So.. I have just received my 4th request from a person who wants exactly that! And I didn't even advertise it yet!! I love it when plans work in tandem with the market demand like that!

Creative Writing Online Courses website will be available early 2015.

You will see notifications when it goes live :)

Of course you can continue to check in anytime here :)

Thank you all so much!  :)


 

Round up of my writing courses and events for September/October

Dear All

I hope you are wonderful!  :)

Here is an easy, one stop round up of my writing courses and events for September/October:

Creative Writing course starting Monday 29th September, at Diwan Zamalek. Register with Diwan Zamalek
http://www.writerscentre.blogspot.com/2014/09/creative-writing-course-at-diwan.html

 
4 Day Siwa Writing Retreat 7th - 11th October. Register with me
http://writerscentre.blogspot.com/2014/08/breathing-in-garden-star-4-day-writing.html

 
Advanced Creative Writing starting Wednesday 14th October at Art Lounge, Zamalek. Register with me
http://www.writerscentre.blogspot.com/2014/09/advanced-creative-writing-course-starts.html

 
All very best and thanks for looking over the links, Linda.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Creative Writing Course at Diwan Bookstore Zamalek

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 Mondays starting 27th September
from 7.30pm to 9.30pm
at Diwan Zamalek

Price 585 LE

Limited number – please register in advance at the Zamalek Diwan bookstore

Age group: for adults (17 yrs +)


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Advanced Creative Writing Course - starts October 14th in Zamalek

Dear All

For people who believe their work is at a certain appropriate level and/or have interest in the subject matter of this course and are committed to producing work - please see the following advert for the upcoming Advanced Creative Writing Course:


Advanced Creative Writing Course
with Linda Cleary

10 hour course in Advanced Creative Writing – LE 750
4 sessions of 2 ½ hours each
(Tuesdays 7pm to 9.30pm) starting Tuesday 14th October at 7pm

at

Art Lounge Cairo
37 B Ahmed Heshmat Street,1st floor, apartment 2, Zamalek

Places limited to 10 people


Course outline
This course is for those people who have completed the first course(s) with me
and for new students with demonstrated abilities.

The course requires a creative aptitude, proven skills and commitment to producing assignments.

It is an intense 4 session course
with further creative writing writing exercises and discussion
to strengthen description, atmosphere and imagery;
we also work on several key topics each week such as contemporizing myth in writing,
symbolism and surrealism, writing creative non fiction and
strengthening editing skills by working on review and critique
as well as discussion and individual work.


Prospective students must apply by email: thewriterscentre@gmail.com
and they will be notified if they are selected.

Participation is given if I know that your writing is at a certain level or/and I believe you would benefit from the work we cover on this course.


*The course fee is higher than the previous courses due to the increased class hours and also the out of class editing time I give each student - as due to the intense course content more work is generated.

*Please note this course is NOT at Diwan, and as such registration will be via me personally and I shall arrange a time and venue to collect all advance payments before the course begins so as to confirm minimum student registrations are complete.

Many thanks

Linda Cleary



Friday, 19 September 2014

Siwa Beauty

Siwa writing trip people ;) Check this beautiful scene: Ain Fitnas, Siwa :)
and people who are not coming with us - you are missing out bigtime! :P
Here's our trip again:
http://www.writerscentre.blogspot.com/2014/08/breathing-in-garden-star-4-day-writing.html

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Breathing in the Garden Star Song for Writing Trip to Siwa

Hello All, and especially to the participants of the Creative Writing retreat to Siwa :)  I hope you are all good.  Check this beautiful song which has some fitting lyrics for our Siwa trip :) especially that it (our trip) is entitled: Breathing in the Garden Star :)

Joni Mitchell - Woodstock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aOGnVKWbwc

and the lyrics are here:
http://jonimitchell.com/music/song.cfm?id=75

and here:

Woodstock by Joni Mitchell

I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him where are you going
And this he told me
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm *
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to camp out on the land
I'm going to try an' get my soul free

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Then can I walk beside you
I have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turning
Well maybe it is just the time of year
Or maybe it's the time of man
I don't know who I am
But you know life is for learning

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

By the time we got to Woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation

We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
back to the garden

and the trip details are here!!!!  :) 
http://www.writerscentre.blogspot.com/2014/08/breathing-in-garden-star-4-day-writing.html

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Creative Writing Courses in Diwan Heliopolis and Zamalek in September

Hello All

PLEASE NOTE: THE COURSE AT ZAMALEK IS NOW POSTPONED TO START MONDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER.

The new roll out of the Creative Writing courses at Diwan Bookstore start Saturday 20th at Heliopolis and Monday 27th at Zamalek!! If you want to do a course with me then jump in now as I will be away in the winter!!

All information on the poster (please remember date change for Zamalek):  registration is by going in advance into the Diwan store you wish to take the course in and making payment to them there.   Note well - Zamalek usually fills up fast!

Yalla bina!  :)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Writing Retreat & Tours in Siwa oasis, Egypt October 7th to 11th 2014

'Breathing in the Garden Star'

4 day Writing Retreat & Tours in Siwa oasis, Egypt


Departing Cairo the night of 7th October – Arriving back to Cairo the night of 11th October


*Total price 3,350 LE

*The above price includes: 
Writing tuition fees for an 8 hr course, accommodation at Siwa Gardens Hotel, Siwa, in double rooms, all transfers using a private a/c bus, tour guide fees, entry fees to all monuments and museums, all meals (except in Cairo – Siwa transfer and in Almeen beach resort), mineral water (2 big bottles 1.5 litter of water per person each day), a desert safari tour using 4x4 cars.

This trip has limited places - Maximum 12 people only


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To register, in the first instance, please email the tutor and organiser Linda Cleary: thewriterscentre@gmail.com

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I am so pleased to be able to offer you all another wonderfully inspiring writing holiday complete with daily writing classes, fabulous tours and accommodation in the lovely, calm and well presented Siwa Gardens Hotel http://www.siwagardens.com

We will leave Cairo by private bus the night of Tuesday 7th and arrive at our hotel Wednesday morning; the first day there will be a writing class but we will have an otherwise leisurely introduction to our trip. In total we will spend 3 nights/4 days in Siwa, where over the 4 days you will have your 8 hour creative writing course delivered in 2 hour workshops each day and also enjoy many wonderful excursions around the Siwa area, oasis and desert.

The writing course is designed to not only pass on and expand various writing techniques and exercises but also will be themed on exploring the story of Siwa; its landscape, characters, history and present. All participants, whether just starting out in developing their writing or those who are further on the writing path will benefit. And built into the price is that all course assignment pieces sent by email after the trip ends will receive individual tutor assessment and editing.

All bespoke arrangements for the entire trip is arranged by and taken care of by Truly Egypt tours: www.trulyegypt.com



The full itinerary is here:

Tuesday October 7th
10pm - Pick up and transfer to Siwa via Matrouh overnight.
Cairo to Siwa is about 9 hours' drive.

Wednesday October 8th -Day 1
Arrive at Matrouh around 4am
Rest in Matrouh for about 1 hour.
Drive in the desert road to Siwa, arrive in Siwa around 9am
Check in the hotel and rest.
Lunch at Cleopatra spring. About 10 minutes' drive from the hotel.
Writing workshop in the cafe at Cleopatra spring . Private atmosphere.
Enjoy swimming in the spring in the afternoon and free time.
Back to the hotel.
Dinner and night stay in Siwa.

Day 2
Breakfast
Writing workshop in the morning at the hotel.
Visit Siwa House museum. (The tour duration is about 45 minutes)
Lunch at Abdou Restaurant.
Visit Siwa historical sightseeing such as The Mountain of the Dead and Alexander temple (Oracle temple). (The tour duration is about 3 hours)
Late afternoon: Visit Almaza camp on the shore of the salt lake and enjoy Rigwa fresh water spring, during the sun set.
Back to the hotel and dinner.
Night stay in Siwa.

Day 3
Breakfast
Writing workshop in the morning at the hotel.
Lunch
2 pm start your desert adventure in the western desert using 4x4 car.
Visit the Silica rocks, the fossils, skiing on the sand dunes using sand boards, the cold water lake, Bier 1 hot spring, then boarding on the sand dunes and watch the sun set.
Back to Siwa.
Dinner and night stay in the hotel at Siwa.

 Day 4
Breakfast
Writing workshop in the hotel.
12 pm: Travel from Siwa to Cairo.
Picnic lunch
Stop at El Almeen Sidi Abdelrhman old hotel. Has the most beautiful bay on Egypt's Mediterranean. Drinks and orders are not included in the price.
Travel back to Cairo, arrive around 10pm.
End of the service.

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Not including: Tipping and any other thing not included in the previous section.

If you desire single accommodation then please consult with us about the availability of single rooms as they may not be available.

Those participants without an Egyptian ID must pay an extra for tour entry fees only – please do inform us if you do not have an Egyptian ID so we can let you know that slight increase on the total price.

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About the writing tutor:  
Linda Cleary is a poet - writer – performer, originally from UK with a theatre background and Diploma in LAMDA Speech and Drama. As well as her own work as a writer, actor and performer www.lindaclearypoetry.blogspot.com – and working with musicians to create live performances http://www.soundcloud.com/lindacleary and with film makers on various poetry films - this one has been accepted into Berlin Poetry Film Festival: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0ZDQapSSAg&list=PLC1E8ACDD79A0BC9E she has also created installations using text/audio and image exhibited in several prominent galleries. Linda has been delivering workshops in creative writing, theatre and related arts for many years; working in Holland, Czech Republic, Australia, UK and Egypt and currently provides courses at Diwan, Egypt and is Director of The Writers' Centre: www.writerscentre.blogspot.com and on FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/374437262578364/


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This writing retreat has been made in collaboration with Truly Egypt Tours: www.trulyegypt.com


Thank you :)



Thursday, 31 July 2014

Short Story Course at Diwan Zamalek starting August 18th - Register now!

This course is now POSTPONED to a new start date of Monday 18th August 7.30pm.  


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

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, plot and building story 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 starting 18th August
from 7.30pm to 9.30pm

at Diwan Zamalek

Price 585 LE

Limited number (10 students maximum only) – please register in advance

Age group: for adults (17 yrs +)

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Creative Writing courses starting August in Zamalek and Heliopolis - Register now!

My Creative Writing courses are starting in Cairo again (after the Ramadan break) at Diwan Bookstore 12th of August in Diwan Zamalek and on 16th of August in Diwan Heliopolis.

All information on the poster:  registration is by going in advance into the Diwan store you wish to take the course in and making payment to them there.   Note well - Zamalek usually fills up fast!

Yalla bina!  :)



Sunday, 20 July 2014

Poetry Reading at Shakespeare & Sons Bookstore, Berlin

Hi All

Well, I am currently in Berlin and I shall be reading/performing at Shakespeare & Sons Bookstore this Friday July 25th at 8pm along with two other poets and some musicians.  The event can be seen here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/828067987226603/

Come along!!!  :)

I'll be off to Paris on the 29th July then back to Cairo to do a plethora of things literary related from August 6th!!!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

News! Courses in Cairo, Siwa and a new Writers' Cruise Luxor to Aswan and Abu Simbel!

Dear Writers, how are you all? I've been away for some time and have more weeks to go as I will travel to Berlin and Paris later next week; I have some spoken word performances in Berlin which I am excited about!

I'm pleased to let you know that I am building up the Creative Writing holidays for autumn; we will begin when the sun retreats a little and I am currently developing a 4 day Siwa Oasis trip - let us call it for now: 'Breathing in the Garden Star' and another Writers' Cruise, possibly of 5 days,: 'In Search of the Blue Lotus' which will be Luxor to Aswan and on to Abu Simbel! Actual details, dates, prices and all information will be in some weeks The program of trips will start from late September/early October.

And I am looking forward to delivering more Creative Writing courses back in Cairo at Diwan Bookstores from middle of August onwards.  All adverts and details in a few weeks time!

Anyway, wishing you all well*  :)


Retracing Hypatia in Alexandria - a Creative Writing Holiday

In spring next year, to mark the anniversary of Hypatia's death, I shall be organising a Creative Writing Holiday to Alexandria with Hypatia as the theme. Nearer the time it shall be widely advertised with a summary of the trip and all details. For now here is Melissa who is the founder and executive director of Hypatia Trust in Penzance and we shall be sharing links, information, events and advertising between us for both Creative Writing Holidays and her Hypatia Trust - an Egyptian British collaboration.

 Dr Melissa Hardie of the Hypatia Trust, Penzance, Cornwall UK http://hypatia-trust.org.uk/

Monday, 9 June 2014

Seeking the Blue Lotus - a Creative Writing Holiday coming soon

The Egyptian Blue Lotus - a dream, a magical flower, a deep history, an eternal story, a Creative Writing Holiday centred on this remarkable ancient lily coming soon..

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Ithaca and Beyond! A 2 day Creative Writing Holiday in Alexandria, Egypt

After the brilliant success of the recent Writers' Cruise Luxor to Aswan, I am very pleased to be able to introduce another fabulously inspiring Creative Writing Holiday.  

A new open group 'Creative Writing Holidays in Egypt' has been set up on Facebook, please do go join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/627629983996816/   

This time we will take a 1 night/2 day stay in Alexandria and we have a fantastic itinerary to present to you:


2 day Creative Writing Holiday

Alexandria, Egypt


Ithaca is the famous poem written by the poet and writer CP Cavafy who lived in Alexandria from 1863 to 1933. He was greatly inspired by the city and all its tales; ancient and modern and this inspiration lives on in this historic coastal city.

Over a 2 day trip we shall visit Cavafy's house, now a museum, and many other wondrous locations such as the Roman Catacombs, the National Museum, Roman amphitheatre, Montaza Palace and Gardens and you shall have 6 hours of Creative Writing instruction within a class on each day where we shall look at writing our own Ithacas and developing narrative inspired by the location, its present and its history.

Price per person 1100 LE
includes 6 hours of writing tuition, return transfers and transits in Alexandria in a private bus, 1 night's accommodation, several meals, all tours, guide and entry fees.

Please see itinerary and more on price inclusions/exclusions below

If wishing to book please email: thewriterscentre@gmail.com





Full Itinerary:

Day 1. Friday June 20th

6am: pick up from Cairo and drive to Alexandria in a private air conditioned bus

Arrive in Alexandria and visit the following attractions:
Pompey’s pillar, The Catacombs of Kom Elshoqafa, Cavafy house museum

Noon: Check in at hotel. Lunch and rest

3-6 pm: Creative Writing class 1

6:30 pm, leaving for a city tour and dinner

Drive along the Cornish via Ramlah station and stop at Abu El Abbass mosque

Dinner at a fish restaurant in Bahari

Stop at Qait Bay fort and dessert from Azza famous ice-cream shop

Transfer back to the hotel around 10pm

Night stay in Alexandria.



Day 2. Saturday June 21st

Breakfast

Personal study or free time

11am: Check out from the hotel

Visit Alexandria National Museum and the Roman Theatre

Lunch at a fast food restaurant

Stop at Alexandria Library for outside view

Drive to Montaza Gardens along the Mediterranean cost and enjoy viewing the most beautiful part of Alexandria

Creative Writing class 2 at Montaza Palace park

Exploring El Montaza (free time on Venice beach)

Drive back to Cairo

Arrive at Cairo around 10 pm



The price includes:
Return transfer Cairo to Alexandria in a private a/c bus
All tours within Alexandria using the private a/c bus
Tour guide fees (private licensed English speaking tour guide)
Entry fees to all monuments and museums (Egyptian entry fees, Egyptian ID required)
Accommodation at hotel including breakfast
Dinner on Day 1
6 hours of Creative Writing tuition course

The price is per person based on two sharing a twin room. *A supplement of 100 LE more is charged if requiring single accommodation. The price requires Egyptian ID otherwise an additional charge will be placed for site entrance fees etc – top up cost to non Egyptians is an additional 200 LE.

The price excludes:
Any tips
Any other thing not in the included section


this Creative Writing Holiday has been organised by

The Writers' Centre
&
Truly Egypt tours
www.trulyegypt.com



Monday, 19 May 2014

Creative Writing Holidays in Egypt

Dear All

For those specifically interested in Creative Writing Holidays in Egypt I have created a new open group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/627629983996816/




For those people who have already been part of my Creative Writing Holidays please feel free to post your written pieces developed on the trips, share photos of the trips and any chat about the trips. You will also see adverts for new Creative Writing holidays as they come up. All posts must be kept on topic otherwise they shall be deleted.

And for all you lovely writers if you want a catch up with ALL the photos from the so far 3 Creative Writing Holidays in different luscious parts of Egypt and the many Literary Feluccas (which count as one dayers!) then take a stroll through here:

Writers' Cruise – Luxor to Aswan (2014)
http://writerscentre.blogspot.com/2014/05/writers-cruise-luxor-to-aswan-true-love.html



And, finally, for anyone who is not yet a member of the Writers' Centre Facebook page, a space where you can post anything related to the literary arts - it is not confined to the topic of Creative Writing Holidays, then the link is here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/374437262578364/

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Writers' Cruise Luxor to Aswan - a True Love Letter to the Nile



I organised a a Writing Cruise from Luxor to Aswan from May 12th to 16th and it was fabulous!  A true love letter to the Nile and an inspiration beyond the beyond.
 

It was a fantastic itinerary of temple tours in the mornings and daily writing class in the afternoons, cruising along the inspirational waters of the Nile on a 5 star boat, the Nile Smart, with accommodation and meals all included.

Please see the original advert with details here a
nd keep watching my Writers' Centre blog for further trips: courses and events. http://www.writerscentre.blogspot.com/2014/04/writing-cruise-from-luxor-to-aswan.html

For those interested specifically in Creative Writing Holidays in Egypt then please join this open group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/627629983996816/

The guide, Mahmoud, 'Mac', that was with us throughout the cruise was exceptionally professional, knowledgable, personable and experienced.  Mahmoud has a brilliant website http://www.trulyegypt.com/
for anyone interested in looking at his 'normal' tour options ie those that do not include writing tuition.  However, look out here on this blog for more writing holidays and residential workshops coming up of varying lengths and in inspiring destinations around Egypt!!

 
Check all the Writers' Cruise photo albums!

Day 1: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152506826535337.1073741888.781050336&type=1&l=0543515a53


Day 2: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152506846425337.1073741889.781050336&type=1&l=2843e4012e 


Dat 3: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152506851995337.1073741890.781050336&type=1&l=7a58bcdf28 

Day 4: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152506863225337.1073741891.781050336&type=1&l=1fd4f52c66


Last Day: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152506892575337.1073741892.781050336&type=1&l=43d7534c66




 





 

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Short Story Course with Linda Cleary in May/June

Last chance this side of the year to take this course!  After this roll out the next Short Story course will not be available again until September/October 2014.

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


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, plot and building story 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 starting 19th May
from 7.30pm to 9.30pm

at Diwan Zamalek

Price 540 LE

Limited number (10 students maximum only) – please register in advance

Age group: for adults (17 yrs +)



Creative Writing Courses for May/June with Linda Cleary

Last chance this side of the year to take this course!  After this roll out the next Creative Writing course will not be available again until September/October 2014

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.


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 20th May
from 7.30pm to 9.30pm
at Diwan Zamalek

and

once a week on Saturdays starting 24th May
from 7pm to 9pm
at Diwan Heliopolis


Price 540 LE

Limited number – please register in advance

Age group: for adults (17 yrs +)





Friday, 18 April 2014

Message in a Bottle Song

Check out the amazing itinerary for the Writers' Cruise!

The Writers' Cruise is FULL!




See the original advert here:



and contact me, Linda Cleary, at: thewriterscentre@gmail.com










A Love Letter to the Nile
 a Writing Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

a Creative Writing holiday with Linda Cleary
May 12th - 16th 2014



Itinerary
Monday:
Arrive to boat at Luxor by 9am
Morning: Karnak and Luxor temple
Afternoon: Writing class (3 to 6 pm)
Evening entertainment

Tuesday:
Morning: West bank visit - Valley of the Kings and Queen Hatshepsut temple.
Afternoon: Writing class (3 to 6 pm)
Boat sails Tues night

Wednesday
Morning: Edfu visit
Afternoon: Writing class (3 to 6 pm)
Boat arrives Aswan late evening

Thursday
Morning: High dam, obelisk and Philae temple
Afternoon: Writing class (3 to 6 pm)
Evening entertainment

Friday
depart boat at Aswan by 1pm

*Breakfast time depends on visits. Lunch at 1 pm and Dinner 7 pm.
*The writing course is 10 hrs in total and will be given as 2 and ½ hours of tuition each day within the 3 hr class time.
*Your Writers' Cruise payment of 1900 LE is based on per person sharing a twin room with ensuite bathroom (including full board basis (meals), visits, writing course and evening entertainment) and excluding airfares, beverages, tips and hotel transfers to and from the boat to airport (extra 80 LE per person).
* Name of the boat is Nile Smart.
*Recommended first flight on Monday 12th May (Cairo-Luxor) and a noon flight Friday 16th May (Aswan-Cairo).








Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Writing Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

A Love Letter to the Nile
a Writing Cruise from Luxor to Aswan

 

a 4 day creative writing holiday with Linda Cleary
May 12th to 16th, 2014

*Price: 1900 LE


Only 12 people maximum. Register soon to ensure your place.


This will be a fantastic itinerary of temple tours in the mornings and daily writing class in the afternoons, cruising along the inspirational waters of the Nile on a 5 star boat, The Nile Smart, with your accommodation and meals all included.

Over the course of the trip you will receive 10 hours of writing tuition (within a 2 ½ hour class per day). Given the fabulous natural environment, historic culture, monuments and atmosphere we will look at the story of the landscape; working on how to open up description, build characters, voice and plot – including the writing of a love letter to the Nile.

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*Price is per person sharing a twin room with ensuite bathroom (full board basis including writing tuition, visits and evening entertainment) and excluding airfares, beverages, tips and transfers to and from the boat to airport.
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To register please send an email in the first instance to Linda Cleary:  thewriterscentre@gmail.com


With Thanks!
Linda Cleary




Check out the amazing itinerary of the Writing Cruise

Itinerary
Monday:
Arrive to boat at Luxor by 9am
Morning: Karnak and Luxor temple
Afternoon: Writing class (3 to 6 pm)
Evening entertainment

Tuesday:
Morning: West bank visit - Valley of the Kings and Queen Hatshepsut temple.
Afternoon: Writing class (3 to 6 pm)
Boat sails Tues night

Wednesday
Morning: Edfu visit
Afternoon: Writing class (3 to 6 pm)
Boat arrives Aswan late evening

Thursday
Morning: High dam, obelisk and Philae temple
Afternoon: Writing class (3 to 6 pm)
Evening entertainment

Friday
depart boat at Aswan by 1pm

*Breakfast time depends on visits. Lunch at 1 pm and Dinner 7 pm.
*The writing course is 10 hrs in total and will be given as 2 and ½ hours of tuition each day within the 3 hr class time.
*Your Writers' Cruise payment of 1900 LE is based on per person sharing a twin room with ensuite bathroom (including full board basis (meals), visits, writing course and evening entertainment) and excluding airfares, beverages, tips and hotel transfers to and from the boat to airport (extra 80 LE per person).
* Name of the boat is Nile Smart.
*Recommended first flight on Monday 12th May (Cairo-Luxor) and a noon flight Friday 16th May (Aswan-Cairo).


Short Biography of the Tutor
Linda Cleary is a poet - writer – performer, originally from UK with a theatre background and Diploma in LAMDA Speech and Drama. As well as her own work as a writer, actor and performer www.lindaclearypoetry.blogspot.com – and working with musicians to create live performances http://www.soundcloud.com/lindacleary and with film makers on various poetry films http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0ZDQapSSAg&list=PLC1E8ACDD79A0BC9E she has also created installations using text/audio and image exhibited in several prominent galleries. Linda has led other successful residential writing holidays in Fayoum and Bahareya, White Desert and has been delivering workshops in creative writing, theatre and related arts for many years; working in Holland, Czech Republic, Australia, UK and Egypt and currently provides courses at Diwan, Egypt and is Director of The Writers' Centre; follow the blog to keep up to date with all courses, workshops and events offered. She was also recently Editor in Chief at Rowayat www.rowayat.com