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They say everyone’s got a book in them, but what about a screenplay, radio drama or even haiku? Sunderland’s Creative Writing Festival is on hand to help develop whatever skill you’d like to try your hand at, with a glut of interesting workshops across the City. Kicking off on Thursday 1st and running until Thursday 29th March, national talent rubs shoulders with regional stars to provide free events which have broad appeal.

Of particular note is a playwriting workshop with Live Theatre’s Gez Casey (Saturday 3rd, The Fire Station); learn about writing for radio with Jay Sykes, who produced Drawing in the Dark for BBC Radio 4 (Sunday 4th & Sunday 18th, Pop Recs); discover the secrets of writing fiction for women’s magazines (Wednesday 28th, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens); or join a panel discussion on writing comedy, with accompanying performances from Carl Hutchinson, Amy Gledhill, Chris Cantrill, Joby Mageean and Matt Reed (Thursday 29th, Independent).

Potential novelists can learn how to build characters with Cuckoo Young Writers group leader Lisa Burns (Tuesday 6th, Holmeside Coffee); crime novelist David Mark explores how to take inspiration from real life events (Saturday 10th, National Glass Centre); and crucially, learn how to edit your own work (Wednesday 14th, Holmeside Coffee).

For poetry fans, Ian Horn offers a haiku workshop (Thursday 1st, Pop Recs); discover how to write poetry for performance with Jess Green (Saturday 24th, The Fire Station) and develop those performance skills with Kirsten Luckins (Sunday 11th, Pop Recs); and join a two hour ‘walk-shop’ with poet Jake Campbell as he explores writing about places (Sunday 25th), St Peter’s Metro Station).

Or, if you just fancy being entertained join Noir In The Bar, as eight crime writers read excerpts from their work while you have a pint (Wednesday 7th); or enjoy an evening of spoken word with Jess Green and Rowan McCabe (Saturday 24th) both at The Peacock.

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