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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

As we bring some of the world’s best-selling authors, illustrators, poets and speakers under one roof, how could we not ask them to host some of the best workshops and masterclasses of the year?

Whether you are an adult or child, aspiring artist, poet, writer or leader, we have put together opportunities that are not to be missed!

With limited spots available, these are just a few of your choices.

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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

The 'Rules' of Crime Fiction: Masterclass with Mark Billingham

How do you write the perfect crime? Bestselling author Mark Billingham is a master of suspense, and in this class he’ll lift the lid on the secrets of creating a twisty, page-turning mystery.

Friday 2 March, 10am-11.30am

The First Page: Masterclass with Luigi Bonomi

First impressions matter. This masterclass will look at first pages of debut novels that have caught or lost agents’ attentions and analyse what really works.

Friday 2 March, 6pm-7pm

Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners: Workshop with Peter Dale

This practical workshop teaches the secrets of solving cryptic clues and spotting the hidden meanings that suddenly make clear their characteristic quirks.

Friday 9 March, 3pm-4.30pm

Level Up Leadership: Masterclass with Francis Kong

In this introductory class, Francis will talk you through the people skills and personal attributes you need to develop to become an inspiring leader.

Saturday 10 March, 10am-11.30am

Journalism in a Post-Truth World: Masterclass with Kate Adie

Kate Adie has reported from some of the world’s most dangerous places– in this masterclass she teaches the art of telling the real story and being heard over the noise.

Saturday 10 March, 3pm-4.30pm

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Poetry From Memory: Writing Workshop with Kirun Kapur

Age Group: 16+

Award-winning poet Kirun will teach you how to use your family’s history as inspiration for your poems, using examples from contemporary poets and her own collection.

Saturday 3 March, 10am-12pm

Short Story Lab: Writing Workshop with Andrey Kurkov

Age Group: 13-18

Learn how to craft your own short story and how to develop characters that are believable and memorable in this fantastic workshop for teens.

Friday 9 March, 2pm-3.30pm

The Hounds of Penhallow Hall: Writing Workshop with Holly Webb

Age Group: 7-10

Join bestselling author Holly Webb for a fun and magical story-writing workshop, where participants can create their own enchanted story!

Friday 9 March, 6pm-7.30pm

Comic Strip Crazy: Drawing Workshop with Gary Northfield

Age Group: 6-11

Gary Northfield knows what it takes to make a hilarious comic, and in this session he will – with the help of Julius Zebra, champion gladiator – help you get started on your own comic characters!

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1.30pm

Game>Story: Writing Workshop with Ali Sparkes

Age Group: 10-14

Did you know that playing video games can help you write amazing stories? Time to put down the controller and join Ali to create your own new game world!

Saturday 10 March, 4pm-5.30pm

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature