ONLINE 5-week Short Course: Writing Your Heritage (June 2023)

With Abda Khan

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

Starting 6 June, then 13, 20 & 27 June and 4 July 2023.

[Zoom link in ticket confirmation]


What are the benefits of including your heritage in your writing? Would you like to explore how you could incorporate aspects of your culture and traditions into your writing?

This short course will explore different aspects of heritage, including

– Food and festivals

– Family traditions

– Folk tales and legends

– Customs and beliefs

– Family roots and history


We will look at how you can use features of your heritage to improve your writing by:

– Adding depth to a character

– Developing plot lines

– Adding authenticity

– Creating interesting narratives

This course is suitable for all levels of experience and for all types of creative writing.



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 2022/23:

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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06 Jun 2023


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm