ONLINE 5-week Short Course: Writing About Culturally Sensitive Issues (June 2022)

With Abda Khan

Tuesdays, 7-9pm, live teaching via Zoom Online Meeting

Starting 7 June, then 14, 21 & 28 June and 5 July 2022.

[Zoom link in ticket confirmation]


This interactive, online course is designed for those who already engage in any type of creative writing, but wish to explore how to write more confidently and sensitively about ‘cultural’ issues.

The course will cover writing about your own culture, and about other cultures, in a way that does not enforce negative stereotypes or biases, so as to allow you to write more mindfully.

The workshop will explore the need and benefits of more diverse writing, and examine how to weave your cultural background and identity into your work, in a way that is sensitive and positive.

The course will also focus on the difficult issue of writing about a culture that is not your own, and top tips to avoid unwittingly falling into the trap of ‘cultural appropriation’.

Course slides and notes will be provided at the end.



“It was the best workshop l have been to for a long time and I am a workshop junkie!” 

“Insightful and practical – a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere. Highly recommended.”

“Thought provoking and lots to chew over – would definitely recommend.”

“Abda Khan created a safe & thoughtful space & introduced such interesting questions about our definitions & experience of culture.”

“I learned so much. Abda was so generous with her time. I feel so much more confident now. I’d actually stopped writing for a bit. I now feel I can go back to the book and look at it with fresh eyes!”



Abda Khan is an author and lawyer, and a passionate advocate for women’s rights. She won the Noor Inayat Khan Muslim Woman of the Year Award 2019 and was highly commended in the 2017 NatWest Asian Women of Achievement Awards in the Arts & Culture category. Her first novel, Stained, was published in 2016, and her second novel Razia was published in 2019.



The workshop will take place online via Zoom Online Meeting software. It is free to download and you will only need the free version to attend. Please download it and check it is working before the day of the workshop.

Please try and be somewhere you can concentrate and won’t be interrupted. Headphones can be useful if you have some, to cut out other noise.


Short courses 2022:

We are running a mix of short courses and workshops online and in person, so you can choose to attend the session you are the most comfortable with.

All our short courses and workshops are priced at £15 per taught hour.

We understand that not all writers are able to pay for their writing courses to further their career, and we run a Bursary Scheme as a consequence. If you feel you need a bursary, please contact us:


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

All Writing West Midlands short courses are collaborative, and you will learn as much from your fellow course attendees as from the tutor. You will be expected to play an active role in group tasks, and you will also have time to reflect on your own writing during sessions.

Course handouts are sometimes (but not always) available, and notes may be available in advance upon request. If you have any additional needs, please contact Writing West Midlands in advance of the course starting and we will try to assist you.

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07 Jun 2022