Creating Authenticity in Fiction

Workshop with Saeida Rouass

Online Event
Sun 16 May
11:00 UK

Whether you write historical, contemporary or fantasy fiction, creating a convincing backdrop for your story can be a challenge. This workshop will explore the various considerations involved in creating authenticity in fiction writing, whichever genre you write in. It will encourage participants to think through how to build an authentic world for their story, compelling characters who have depth, and storylines that put the reader on a meaningful narrative journey. There will be opportunities for participants to share their own writing with the group on a voluntary basis and receive constructive feedback. The workshop will offer practical activities and aims to strengthen participants’ creative process. 

This workshop will take place on Zoom and is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. It will last for two hours, including a short break. Bring something to write with!

About the speaker:

Saeida Rouass is a British-Moroccan author from London. She is the author of Eighteen Days of Spring in Winter set in Cairo during the Arab Spring, and historical crime novel Assembly of the Dead set in Marrakesh in 1906. She has contributed to publications such as The Independent, Media Diversified, Newsweek and Skin Deep. She has also contributed to the anthologies The Ordinary Chaos of Being, Tales from Many Muslim Worlds, Our Morocco, and We Wrote in Symbols: Lust and Erotica by Arab Women (Saqi, April 2021). She was one of the commissioned artists for the Arab British Centre’s Theatre of the East project and is a 2019 Churchill Fellow with her work exploring misogyny and white supremacy in the USA. She is currently working on the sequel to Assembly of the Dead. Find out more about Saeida here: or follow her on Instagram: @saeida.rouass.

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How do the Writers Gathering events work?


Once you have booked your workshop place using our online ticketing site, you will receive a confirmation email. 30 minutes before the start of the workshop, a reminder email will be sent out to you with the link to access the workshop on Zoom. Workshops will not be streamed live anywhere else. Each workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 participants, and will last for two hours, including a short break.

Panel discussion

The panel discussion will be streamed live on the Wigtown Book Festival website, YouTube channel and Facebook page, so you don’t need to register to access it. However, it’s still worth signing up as you will be sent a direct link to the event and a reminder 30 minutes beforehand.

Don’t forget to check your spam folder for the confirmation and reminder emails in case they end up in there.

WG21 Weekend Pass
Why not purchase our WG21 pass, which at £30 gives you a 100% discount on 1 ticket to each event. Please note that you will still need to book a place on the workshops you would like to attend. Click Here To Purchase WG21 Pass. Passes must be purchased separately before booking on to the individual workshops.

We appreciate that not everyone can afford the £8 workshop fee or £30 for a weekend pass. Making the Writers’ Gathering as accessible as possible is a priority of ours and so we are offering a number of bursaries for each workshop. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please complete this online form or email Isla on Live captioning will also be available on request.

Asking questions

During the workshops, you can ask a question verbally and by using the chat facility on Zoom. On live-streamed events, questions can be put into the live chat box on YouTube or in the comments box on Facebook and they will be forwarded to the speakers.

Catch up

The panel discussion will be available on catch-up. However, the workshops are not being recorded and will not be available anywhere else after they take place.

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