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Creative Writing Workshop with Palestinian Writer Ahmed Masoud

In this workshop, writer Ahmed Masoud will explore the process of writing his acclaimed play, The Shroud Maker, a dark comedy of Gaza. The following evening on Fri 9 June his play will have a staged reading here at HOME.

Masoud will talk through the structure of writing and producing a one person show; how the plot is constructed, how to present other characters and places. Participants will have the opportunity to explore different theatrical writing techniques including storytelling, stand up comedy and live performance, all mixed together in his play.

Masoud will also share his writing methods of using personal and political events to write a piece of theatre that doesn’t present itself as an activist work but a personal and universal one.

No experience necessary but a love of writing a must.

Ahmed Masoud is the author of the debut novel Vanished – The Mysterious Disappearance of Mustafa Ouda. Ahmed is a writer and director who grew up in Palestine and moved to the UK in 2002. His theatre credits include The Shroud Maker (London 2015), Walaa, Loyalty (London 2014, funded by Arts Council England), Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea (London and Edinburgh 2009) and Escape from Gaza (BBC Radio 4, 2011). Ahmed is the founder of Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre (2005) where he wrote and directed several productions in London, with subsequent European Tours. After finishing his PhD research, Ahmed published many journals and articles including a chapter in Britain and the Muslim World: A Historical Perspective (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011). An earlier version of Vanished won the Muslim Writers Awards (London 2011 supported by Penguin Books).