Calling Emerging and Aspiring Writers – This One is For You!

  30 Sep '20   |  Posted by: Birlinn

In the second of The Cumnock Tryst’s series of online workshops, a part of the A Musical Celebration of the Coalfields community opera project, Alexander will be on hand to share his own experience with 50 lucky aspiring writers on 7 October from 7.30pm.

With a writing career spanning most of his adult life (and sitting alongside a career as a Professor of Medical Law for much of it), Alexander is perfectly placed to help aspiring writers understand the importance of story in our lives. He is also well known for his musical collaborations which have taken him into the world of short opera and poetry set to music.

Alexander McCall Smith has written novels based in, and inspired by, countries across the globe and although he was born in Zimbabwe, he returned to Edinburgh to study and then to teach at the University of Edinburgh and reflects the sights and sounds of Scotland in much of his prose. It is this ability to take what we see and hear every day and turn it into an art-form that is accessible to all, giving others an insight into the writer’s reality, that will be a key focus of his session, chaired by James MacMillan.

“Not ever writer writes in the same way. For some it is all about meticulous planning, the drawing up of detailed chapter outlines and character profiles, whereas for others the story seems to flow more organically onto the page. Regardless of which kind of writer you are, or aspire to be, I hope that this workshops will help you unleash your inner creative and I am thrilled to have been asked to help participants do so. Congratulations to The Cumnock Tryst and James MacMillan for finding such an innovative and collaborative solution in these uncertain times”

Alexander McCall Smith
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