Research in Fiction Writing with Saeida Rouass

Friday 19 November | 14-16:00

Kilmarnock Workshop Adults

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Discover, develop and practise research skills that are fundamental to fiction writing in this workshop with Saeida Rouass. Research is the backbone of your story and crucial to creating authenticity. Skilled research builds a world that feels real for your reader, breaths life into your characters and propels the narrative forward in a convincing way. This workshop offers the opportunity to explore the role research plays in bringing a story to life. It will look at:

  • Why research is important in your writing.
  • Identifying sources relevant to your writing.
  • How research influences the building of place, character and plot.
  • Ethical considerations that might be important.
  • Knowing when you have gone too far.

The workshop will include practical and interactive activities while remaining focused on a writing project you are currently working on or plan to start.

Saeida Rouass is the author of Assembly of the Dead, a historical detective novel set in Marrakesh in 1906 and inspired by the true story of the 'Moorish Jack the Ripper.' She is also the author of Eighteen Days of Spring in Winter and has contributed to the anthologies The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human – Tales of Many Muslim Worlds (2019), Our Morocco (2020) and We Wrote in Symbols; Love and Erotica by Arab Women (2021). She has been published by the Independent, Newsweek, Skin Deep and Wasafari Magazine and is currently working on the sequel to Assembly of the Dead. She is a 2019 Churchill Fellow with work focused on the impacts of violent extremist violence on women and Minoritised communities. She is a Trustee of Al Hasaniya Moroccan Women's Centre and was awarded a Churchill COVID-19 Action Grant to research the impacts of the pandemic on domestic violence services for Moroccan and Arabic speaking women in London.

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East Ayrshire Leisure Trust

Dick Institute
Elmbank Drive


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