Masterclass: Writing Young Adult Literature with Dean Atta

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Join Dean Atta for this Masterclass where he'll discuss his award-winning debut 'The Black Flamingo' & guide us through writing exercises!

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Join Dean Atta for this free, 3-hour online creative writing Masterclass with a focus on Young Adult Literature!

This is a workshop for writers of colour who are currently based in Scotland (or for people who, pre-COVID, would have normally been resident in Scotland.) We have added a few questions at checkout to confirm eligibility.

We will be releasing the tickets split across two days to offer people a fairer chance of securing a space.

Writing Young Adult Literature

Dean Atta will be discussing his award-winning debut novel in verse, The Black Flamingo, how he made the move from writing personal poetry to writing fiction, as well as the differences between writing for adults and teens. He will also share his insights on working with white editors and publicity teams. For the writing exercise, you will be creating a character, about whom you will write a three-part poem, with a beginning, middle and end. There will be time at the end for a 30 minute Q&A, so get your questions ready!

The Details

  • This event will be three hours long, as opposed to our regular 2-hour workshops.
  • The workshop includes a 15min comfort break
  • The last 30 minutes of the workshop will be a short Q+A discussion between Dean Atta and the participants about any aspect of professional writing, poetry and publishing. Please think of questions you would like to ask.
  • A maximum of 15 spaces, open to writers at all levels.
  • This workshop will be hosted online using Webex (instructions will be sent to participants closer to workshop date).
  • All SBWN events will adhere to our safer spaces policy. You can learn more about our policy here.
  • Please only book a ticket if you can commit to the session, and cancel it if your plans change. Our Masterclasses are very popular, and there is always a waitlist. Please keep this in consideration.


To participate in the online event, you will need:

  • A good internet/wi-fi connection
  • A laptop, computer, tablet or mobile phone to join by audio and video
  • Please email us your access requirement:

About Dean Atta

Dean Atta was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. His debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. His Young Adult novel in verse, The Black Flamingo, won the 2020 Stonewall Book Award, and was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, YA Book Prize and Jhalak Prize. Find Dean online at @DeanAtta

The Scottish BAME Writers Network (SBWN) is an advocacy group connecting Scottish BAME writers with the wider literary sector in Scotland, facilitating necessary conversations around inclusive programming, delivering a programme of BAME-led events and providing an online community for BAME (Black, Asian, minority ethnic) writers based in or from Scotland.

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