Friday, 15 March 2013

'Dreams & Writing' - a 3 day Residential Creative Writing Holiday in Bahareya

Go check out this fabulous 3 day residential Creative Writing course that I am taking to Bahareya oasis and desert in April!!!

Your Leap to Inspiration

 More fabulous residentials coming up over the year.

Be part of it!

Keep watching for updates and email me if interested!

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Diwan Heliopolis Course is Postponed to the 23rd of March

Dear all, the course held in Heliopolis branch has been postponed to the 23rd of March. Remember the Zamalek course always fills up quick!! So, please go register for either course soon! *All details on poster - you need to go into the store you wish to take the course in to register.

Friday, 1 March 2013

All Happening!

Dear World

Well, there are SO many things happening it is as ever hard to find the time to update the blogs properly; and yes blogs as in plural as there is a lot going on now with the Writers' Centre as you can read on the posts below and please do go check out that blog  :))

I am still looking for a writers' residency for myself for summer; for either June/July or July/August.  So far I have looked at several places in Berlin and how I wish there was somewhere in Paris!!!!  So, if any of you lovely people know of a residency that you think would accept for me to stay in return for me running some courses or helping in some way then please do let me know!!! Or if you know of a residency that is affordable let me know too, as leaving Cairo and living outside of Egypt for a while is a bit of a shock monetarily!  ;))

Spring always feels such a hopeful time and I am looking forward to all the flowers of creativity that are opening their colours :))

Bisou for now!  Linda

Now starting Sunday 10th March! Advanced Creative Writing Course with Linda Cleary

Advanced Creative Writing Course
with Linda Cleary
10 hour course in Advanced Creative Writing – LE 750
4 sessions of 2 ½ hours each
(Sundays 7pm to 9.30pm)

starting Sunday 10th March at 7pm
at El Mesa7a Art & Culture Center

Places limited to 12 people
Course outline
This course is for those people who have completed the first course(s) with me
and for new students with demonstrated abilities.

It is an intense 4 session course with further creative writing writing exercises and discussion
to strengthen description, atmosphere and imagery;
we also work on several key topics each week such as contemporizing myth in writing, symbolism and surrealism,
writing creative non fiction and strengthening editing skills
by working on review and critique as well as discussion and individual work.
Advance registration necessary at:
El Mesa7a Art & Culture Center
13 El-Mesaha St. Dokki, Gizah

For times to drop in and register:

Call the Senior Co-ordinator Hany Adly on: 01111899998 or 01279305877


SEND A SMS to either of those numbers
with your name and the words 'Advanced course' and he will call you back.


Email him on:

A New Home for the Writers' Centre!!!

I am very pleased to announce that after a long and winding road the Writers' Centre has found a new home at El Mesa7a Arts & Culture Center, Dokki.

All writers and interested people will be able to drop in and use the space to write, share, network, have a coffee - each and every Tuesday starting February 19th from 1pm to 9pm.

There will be a 10 LE minimum donation request for each 'drop in visit' to help with expenses, but you can stay for as long as the space is open.

There will also be a Tuesday 'event programme' which will be a mix of free and paid events – details will be given as the schedule is put together and will consist of : writing surgeries, workshops, day trips, readings, performances, film scereenings and open mic.

The Writers' Centre will also start a small library, which I hope will grow over time with donations of books.

Sundays at El Mesa7a hosts a programme of Creative Writing courses – see the blog for all details.

Looking forward to seeing YOU!!! :)))

Go check out the blog!!!  Even better come check US out for real ;))

The Writers' Centre

open Tuesdays only
1pm to 9pm


10 Okasha Street, Dokki

round the side from
El Mesa7a Art & Culture Center
13 El-Mesaha St. Dokki, Gizah

(if you can't find us then ask at El Mesa7a Art & Culture Center)


Open Mic - Spoken Word, Performance & Acoustic Music - First Tuesday of Every Month

Hail! Hail! The open mic is back and this time at the fabulous, cool, wonderfulness of the Writers' Centre's new home at El Mesaha Arts & Culture Center!!! And we are lovin' it!!

So, it's gonna be the first Tuesday of every month and can't wait to see you! 7pm till 9pm.

We want YOU for spoken word, readings, performance and acoustic music. The emphasis is Word and Artistry.

Get your name down to perform soon, you can have 7 minutes. Limited slots available. Email me to see if there is a slot:

Performers in for free. Audience members 10 LE.

We are at 10 Okasha Street, Dokki, just off Mesaha Street and square (side of El Mesaha Arts & Culture Center) or people can ask at the El Mesaha Centre. We have a whole building and courtyard!! See you there!!! 

For THIS Tuesday 5th March we have Rami Boraie Comedy King, Marwa Arafa, Joelle Marie, Samia Salama Hassan, Amira Ahmed, Fatima El-Kalay, Nihal Wahby, Ekram Ibrahim, Taha Ashour and myself with spoken word, Jennifer Hawley Boyd songs & acoustic guitar, Sofia Balogh with songs, Tamara Yousry songs & acoustic guitar, and the Comedy Great Mohamed Farghaly. 
Looking forward to seeing YOU YOU YOU!!!