Across November last year, I ran a series of story writing workshops for Aberdeen City Libraries' #WriteCity Creative Writing Festival. The workshops took place in Cummings Park Community Flat with the same group of participants, building on their knowledge each week to complete and redraft their own story. Across four sessions, we covered character creation, showing versus telling, dialogue and dialect, and avoiding clichés. Although I've worked with university students across several sessions in the past, it was great to do the same in a community setting with older participants who were more willing to be open and share stories in person and on the page.
Participants' work from these sessions feature in the #WriteCity publication, along with work by Alan Spence, Helen Lynch and other workshop tutors and participants. Although written long before I was asked to take part in #WriteCity, my own story begins in Aberdeen Central Library itself before shifting through neighbouring St Mark's Church and His Majesty's Theatre, so it seemed only right that I submitted it for the collection. The publication is free to pick up from libraries throughout Aberdeen.