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

4 Day Siwa Writing Retreat 7th - 11th October. Register with me

Advanced Creative Writing starting Wednesday 14th October at Art Lounge, Zamalek. Register with me

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


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:
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:

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

and the lyrics are here:

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!!!!  :)

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Creative Writing Courses in Diwan Heliopolis and Zamalek in September

Hello All


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!  :)