Budding writers’ workshop

Budding writers from Gatehouse of Fleet are invited by Scottish Book Trust to attend a free writing workshop on 14 April at The Bakehouse, in connection with the charity’s exciting new project, Secrets and Confessions.

Scottish Book Trust wants to encourage the people of Scotland to confess their little white lies, dastardly deeds and hidden secrets. People of all ages from across Scotland are invited to submit personal pieces of writing. The best submissions will be published in a book, to be given out free of charge during Book Week in November.

The workshop is intended to help writers of all skill levels who would like to submit a story to the Secrets and Confessions project but may be struggling to find inspiration, or are looking for some advice.

Run by author and storyteller Renita Boyle on Thursday 14 April, 10.30am – 12.30pm at The Bakehouse, the workshop will provide a relaxed environment and the opportunity to work with an established writer to develop ideas and get stories down on paper.

Marc Lambert, Director of Scottish Book Trust, said: “Scots are traditionally known as a people who like to keep their cards close to their chests. Secrecy, rebellion and dissent are woven into the fabric of our history, making it wonderfully dramatic and eventful.

“Our literature too abounds with confession, secret and intrigue, while our folklore and oral tradition brims over with the uncanny, the hidden and the magical.

“And yet the Scots are also a passionate and expressive people attached to truth, and often compelled, come what may, to risk everything and tell it like it is. Our campaign seeks to tap into this rich, often paradoxical, national impulse towards secret or confession. We want to provide the opportunity for modern day Scots to explore their psyche, confess some of their secrets, and to prove that despite reticent habits of their ancestors, they are a liberal and generous people at ease with themselves and their identities in the 21st Century. Naturally we also have great hopes that this will result in some juicy gossip we can all enjoy.”

To book a place on the free workshop, phone 0131 524 0170 or email frances.campbell@scottishbooktrust.com with your contact details and the details of the workshop that you would like to attend.