Inspiring times for young writers

Edinburgh's budding writers are getting the opportunity to meet with some of the country's most famous authors at an event set up to help provide them with inspiration and professional guidance.

 The City of Edinburgh Council is hosting a Creative Writing Conference tomorrow Friday 7 September in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh , the Scottish Book Trust and the Scottish Poetry Library.  The event will take place at the Appleton and Teviot buildings of Edinburgh University campus from 9.20am.  

Councillor Paul Godzik, Educaiton Convener said, "The purpose of this event is to allow all of Edinburgh 's Advanced Higher English pupils a unique and highly stimulating experience by taking part in various professional led workshops on genres of their choice.  With this year's line up being one of the most impressive to date I have no doubt this will be an extremely beneficial opportunity for all involved."  

This annual event will bring several famous authors together to meet with pupils.  The keynote speech will be delivered by Scottish Writer of the year 2011, Alan Bissett.  Delivering writing workshops to sixth year pupils from across Edinburgh are graphic illustrators Metaphrog and successful writers Carol Farrelly, Roy Gill, Allan Wilson, Nicola McCartney, JL Williams and Catherine MacPhail.  

The event is jointly funded by the Scottish Book Trust who aim to bring Scottish fiction writers of all genres and their work to every corner of Scottish society.   

The Scottish Poetry Library is also in partnership and is a unique national resource and advocate for the art of poetry, and Scottish poetry in particular who are passionately committed to bringing the pleasures and benefits of poetry to as wide an audience as possible.

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