Date(s) - Thu 14th Sep, 2023
4:00pm - 6:30pm

WASPS Inverness Creative Academy, Inverness, , IV2 3JP

Are you care experienced and aged 14-30?

This creative writing workshop will focus on how to start a short story.  What makes a good idea?  How do you go about turning that into a story?  We will be focusing on the things that grab a reader’s attention from the start, getting them hooked and make them want to read on.  We will be looking at examples of great openings to stories, how and why they work, and will be trying out some of our own.  If you have ever wanted to write but don’t where to start, this session will fix that for you.

Please e-mail any enquiries to Jon and Vicky at:


Or you can call the Creativity and Care team on: 01463 592828

No experience required, just bring your imagination and enthusiasm! Snacks and writing materials provided.


Alan's headshot is taken against a tall, grey brick wall. He is a white man with black hair, and he is wearing a grey suit jacket and a dark coloured shirt. He can be seen from the chest up. Alan looks thoughtfully into the distance towards the camera.ALAN BISSETT is a novelist, playwright and performer from Falkirk, who now lives in Renfrewshire.  He is the author of the novels Boyracers, The Incredible Adam Spark, Death of a Ladies’ Man and Pack Men.  His most well-known works for the stage include his award-winning trilogy of plays The Moira Monologues, about ‘Falkirk’s hardest woman’.  He has also written for television and radio, as well as presenting the BBC documentary Inside the Mind of Robert Burns.  His most recent work is the Choose Your Own Adventure book for adults, Lazy Susan, and he is currently working on his fifth novel, about witches.  His first non-fiction book Lads: A Guide to Consent and Respect, a guide for teenage boys about relationships with girls, will be published in August 2023.

Alan has worked extensively in schools and with young people for the last twenty-five years and is passionate about helping them approach literature and creative writing.


Bookings open below!


The Life Changes Trust was established by The National Lottery Community Fund in April 2013 with a ten year endowment of £50 million to support transformational improvement in the quality of life, well-being, empowerment and inclusion of three key groups in Scotland: people living with dementia, unpaid carers of those with dementia and young people with care experience. The Trust concluded their ten year tenure in March 2022Moniack Mhor is a formal legacy partner of the Life Changes Trust.


This course is now fully booked. Please contact us on or 01463 741 675 to be added to the waiting list.

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