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The Art of 'Relating Cultures' with Reshma Ruia

LSE Literary Festival Creative Writing Workshop

Date: Saturday 3 March 2012 
Time: 11am-12pm
Venue: Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Reshma Ruia

Reshma Ruia was born in India and grew up in Rome, Italy. After an undergraduate degree in International Relations and post graduate degree in Economic History from LSE, she moved back to Rome where she worked as a development economist with the United Nations and subsequently with the OECD in Paris. She is now based in Manchester, where she obtained an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester University. She is the author of Something Black in the Lentil Soup|, described by John Carey in the Times, as a ‘gem of straight-faced comedy.’ One of her short stories has appeared in the Anthology, Too Asian, not Asian Enough.  She has recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing from Manchester University and has finished her second novel, A Mouthful of Silence.

In this session she will discuss the ways of writing about different cultures- the importance of plot, portrayal of character and narrative voice- as well as what her transition from academic, social scientific culture to a literary one has meant for her writing.

This first session in this series of workshops is Writing fiction – on and off the page with Jonathan Gibbs| at 10am, and this will be followed by Writing in the Social Media Age with Sarah Salway| at 12pm.

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A podcast of this event is available to download from The Art of ‘Relating Cultures’ with Reshma Ruia|.

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This event has been certified for CPD| purposes by the Continuing Professional Development Certification Service|. Self-Assessment Record forms will be made available for delegates wishing to record further learning and knowledge enhancement for Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPD) purposes. For delegates who wish to obtain a CPD Certificate of Attendance, it is the responsibility of delegates to register their details with a LSE steward at the end of the event and email a completed scanned copy of their Self-Assessment Record form to events@lse.ac.uk| within 28 days of the date of the event attended. If a delegate fails to register their details at the event and email a scanned copy of their completed Self-Assessment Record form within 28 days, it will not prove possible to issue a certificate. Certificates of attendance will be emailed out within 10 working days of the Self-Assessment form being received.