Workshop in Kirkcaldy – Saturday 13 July 2019

Our next Workshop, open for everyone to attend, is in Kirkcaldy on Saturday 13 July 2019

We are pleased to announce that our 62nd event will start at 10 a.m. and finish at 12 p.m. (2 hours) on Saturday 13 July 2019 in the Beveridge Studio in the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy.

Booking is required – places will be allocated on a first come first served basis – a maximum of 30 places are available – email us at

We suggest a donation of £5 per person in order to pay for the Beveridge Studio charges.

Keeping it lean: Tips to maximise reader engagement with sharp, impactful writing

Dickson Telfer, Editor, Author and long standing member of Fife Writes will present an interactive workshop on fiction writing in the Adam Smith Theatre, supported by the Organising Team of Fife Writes.

Delivered in a friendly, informal fashion, this workshop will cover:

The importance of tense, character perspective and opening lines to maximise reader engagement

Dialogue and tags, specifically to contribute to ‘showing’ rather than ‘telling’

Avoiding pitfalls that may be compromising the quality of your work

The non-genre specific workshop will involve writing activities, so please bring along a notebook and pen or a laptop/tablet. Whilst the input will refer in the main to short fiction, it is also suitable for writers of novels, novellas, biographies and autobiographies.

Dickson’s books (so far) are slice-of-life short story collections.  Alan Bissett describes his debut collection, The Red Man Turns to Green, as “a sawn-off shotgun scattering humour, horror, sugar and grit,” and Gordon Legge considers his follow-up, Refrigerator Cake, to be “as refreshing a collection as you’re likely to come across.” The release of his debut children’s novel, Christmas Pancakes (written under the pseudonym Dexter Trumpet) has been postponed. To channel his frustration at this, he’s been writing dark Scots material under another pseudonym, which he’s finding to be both cathartic and a lot of fun. Visit Dickson’s website at

Adam Smith Theatre Location and Parking:

Refer to the Adam Smith Theatre directions webpage –

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