Storying Workshops

Longley Sixth Form College

British South Asian Creative Writing Workshops

Longley Park Sixth Form 


Afshan LohdiCreative Writing Workshops

with Afshan Lohdi

February - March 2018


Come and join us for creative writing workshops with published Muslim writers, authors and performers.

Sign-up event

Wednesday 31st January, 2018

Time: 3.10-4pm

Venue: Longley Park Sixth Form College, Sheffield

Longley Park Sixth Form

2018 Workshop Dates:

# Wed 7th February

# Wed 14th February

# Wed 28th February

# Wed 14th March

# Wed 21st March

# Wed 28th March

Authors will share their skills and you will:

  • Create unique pieces of writing

  • Learn new skills in creative writing

  • Meet and work with published authors

  • Snacks and refreshments will be provided

For more information email Dr Nafhesa Ali:

Writing gupshops with John Siddique 

Poet, Essayist and Author, Bradford


John SiddiqueWriting about love and relationships

with John Siddique and Claire Chambers

 Venue: Esquires Coffee, Broadway, Bradford

Sessions are held on a monthly basis.

Tea, coffee and refreshments are provided.

Are you interested in creative writing and literature?

Would you like to explore love and relationships among British Muslims?

Would you like to learn new skills in storytelling? and do you have interesting stories to share?

Come along, meet and work with published authors and writers.

John Siddique is Honorary Fellow in creative writing at The University of Leicester and Royal Literary Fund Fellow at The University of York. His literary works include Full Blood and Recital - An Almanac. His work has been described by Dawn - book & authors to be '... savoured like a sip of  forbidden wine.'

John will be hosting his 'Writing about love' gup-shops in Leeds this Autumn 2017 in association with the Storying Relationships project.

Gupshops will include sessions on:

#Reading sessions with Claire Chambers 

#Writing sessions with John Siddique

#Beginning to write like a writer

#Observation and Reflection

#Reality Vs Fiction and My take on love (Part one) - John Siddique

#My take on love (Part two)

If you are interested in taking part, register your interest via email to Nafhesa at

LGBT workshops: Forthcoming


Afshan LohdiLGBT storying gupshops

with Afshan Lodhi Writer and Performer


  • Are you 16-30 years old?

  • British Muslim of Pakistani heritage?

  • Would you like to share your LGBTQ experiences in an informal, friendly environment with like minded people?

We are hosting a series of FREE workshops where you can explore LGBT relationship experiences, hopes and/or desires in a safe and fun space.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided and all participants have the right to anonymity, during the workshops.

If you would like to sign-up for these workshops email Nafhesa at or text on 07710 761188

Glasgow Women's Library creative writing workshops and book group


Glasgow Women's LibraryGlasgow Women's Library

Book group

The things I would tell youThe Glasgow Women's Library will be reading The Things I would Tell You by Sabrina Mahfouz for the December meeting. Groups are held once a month and facilitated by Syma Ahmed, BME Development Officer.

Please get in touch with Syma Ahmed at: for more information.


Creative Writing Workshops: 2018 Calendar

Sign-Up Event:

Saturday 27th January 2018

  • Are you 16-30 years old?

  • British Muslim of Pakistani heritage?

  • Would you like to meet and work with published authors?

  • Join us for free snack and nibbles

Time: 2.30pm-3.30pm

Venue: Glasgow Women's Library

Safina Mazhar and Sara Shaarawi will also be joining us to share their experiences of becoming writers and playwrights.

Play/theatre writing with Sara Shaarawi

Sara Shaarawi


Sara is from Cairo, now based in Glasgow. Her first play Niqabi Ninja was stage at the Tron Theatre in 2014 and was chosen to be part of the National Theatre of Scotland's Breakthrough Writers programme, where she developed Lelah.

Twitter: @SaraShaarawi


Workshop dates:

#1 Saturday 3rd February

#2 Saturday 10th February

#3 Saturday 17th February

#4 Saturday 24th February

Creative Writing with writer Safina Mazhar

Safina Mazhar

Safina is a teen and fantasy writer and the author of the Power of Four series. Her first book Run to Earth was her debut novel. Safina lives in Glasgow with her husband and three daughters.

Workshop dates:

#1 Saturday 10th March

#2 Saturday 17th March

#3 Saturday 25th March

#4 Saturday 31st March

Blogging workshops with Talat Yaqoob and Faiza Yousaf

Writing workshop

Talat Yaqoob is a feminist campaigner, blogger and founder of the Women 50:50 campaign. Faiza Yousaf has been a blogger for over six years and currently blogs on her page Life of Fai

Throughout the month of July 2018

#1 Saturday 7th July

#2 Saturday 14th July

#3 Saturday 20th July

#4 Saturday 28th July

Get in touch to book your place via email:

Animation workshops with Stacy Bias
Animator, Designer and Illustrator
Halal dating film image 

Halal Dating Animation Workshops

The University of Sheffield, Geography Department

Storying Relationships Channel, YouTube

Over a period of 5-weeks, British Muslim men and women came together to create an animated short film 'Halal Dating' exploring the subject of relationships and young British Muslims. The animation workshops, facilitated by Stacy Bias animator, designer and illustrator (creator of Flying while Fat). Over five workshop sessions participants drew images themed around halal dating, created animation via Adobe Illustrator and transferred animated drawings onto Videoscribe to create a short animated film, available to watch on the Storying Relationships YouTube channel. Local filmmakers involved in the production of this film include; Arusa Ahmed, Sonyia Jamal, Maryah Khan, Mohammed Barber and Anas Makda.

Some questions the film explores include:

What are your thoughts on the term halal dating?
What does halal dating mean to you?
Have you experienced halal dating in any form?
How did you meet you partner? And if you haven’t met them yet how would you like to do this? E.g. via introductions, meeting people at work, school/college, University or through mutual friends?
Tell us more about your experiences of meeting your partner, and would there be anything you might change about the way this happened?

"Well done to the filmmakers for their hard work and confidence of speaking" Mohammed Variava

"Helps to raise awareness" Aysha Khan

"Got a discussion going on 'halal dating' if this is an acceptable term" Iqra Hafeez

"Absolutely fantastic animation - opened up so many areas of further discussion/issues in communities" Sarah Mughal