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Creative Writing Migration Stories Weekend

Creative Writing Migration Stories Weekend

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Elise Valmorbida



Drawing on 20+ years of writing and teaching, award-winning author Elise Valmorbida leads a hands-on creative writing weekend workshop to explore storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) through language, memory, character and place. There’ll be plenty of discussion, writing exercises and supportive critical feedback.

Departures, arrivals, journeys… What stories emerge from the contrasts between different worlds?

"If there's one common element in all my writing, it's an interest in migrants and migration. I guess it's natural given my own multicultural origins, but it's also at the heart of storytelling: the migrant brain is prone to metaphor—the perpetual balancing of here and there, different worlds in simultaneous play." —Elise Valmorbida, The Guardian, 2009

Topics Covered

Fiction and non-fiction, storytelling about (or inspired by) migration.

Who should take this course?

Writers, from beginners to experienced

Course Outcomes

Writing prompts and samples, inspiration, exploration, direction, insights, tips, techniques, awareness of elements of writing craft, feedback, an editorial group

Entry requirements: English language fluency, proficiency and confidence is necessary

Level: All Levels of creative writing experience  


Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Elise Valmorbida is a graduate in English language and literature, an experienced teacher and multi-published author. In 2019, she won the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction for her fourth novel, The Madonna of the Mountains. Published in the UK by Faber & Faber, and internationally in several languages, The Madonna of the Mountains was The Times ‘book of the month’, a New York Post ‘must-read’, an Edward Stanford Awards shortlister, and one of the 2019 Walter Scott Prize 'Academy Recommends' List. Elise's popular non-fiction work, The Book of Happy Endings, is published in four languages and four continents. She is the award-winning script consultant and producer of indie Britfilm SAXON, and author of SAXON: The Making of a Guerrilla Film. 

Elise is the founder-director of communications consultancy word-design, a board director of writers' organisation 26, former External Examiner for Falmouth University’s MA in Professional Writing, and a member of English PEN and The Society of Authors.

Find out more at or on the CSM Short Courses blog.


Please bring on the first day:

  • Something to write with
  • Something to write on

Available dates

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