Date and Time:

Forthcoming 2018


The Fig Writer’s Studio in Montrose

So You Have the Burning Itch to be a Novelist? with Lilas Taha

5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


This interactive workshop offers insight into the elements required for writing a novel. Participants will learn how to create believable characters with clear motivation and obstacles to overcome as well as story development through scene, imagery, conflict, adequate dramatization and ending. Each session includes exercises that explore writer’s voice, tone of the narrative, and issues pertaining to point of view. Participants will learn methods to create the specific mood of the story, explore personal style, and will have the opportunity to submit their already written work to receive critique and feedback. No special equipment or material is required, other than the preferred method of taking notes. All classwork and homework material will be provided.

About Lilas

Lilas Taha is a writer at heart, an electrical engineer by training, and an advocate for domestic abuse victims by choice. She was born in Kuwait to a Syrian mother and a Palestinian father, and immigrated to the U.S. as a result of the Gulf war in 1990. She earned a master’s degree in Human Factors Engineering from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Pursuing her true passion for creative writing, Lilas brings her professional interests, and her Middle Eastern background together in her novels, some translated to different languages.

Winner of the 2017 International Book Award: Fiction-Multicultural for her novel Bitter Almonds

Bitter Almonds
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Lilas is also the author of Shadows of Damascus.
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Additional Information

Date & Time:

Forthcoming 2018


The Fig Writer’s Studio in Montrose

2 reviews for So You Have the Burning Itch to be a Novelist? with Lilas Taha

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I enjoyed taking the course. She is a fantastic instructor. She is knowledgeable and personable. The clear and organized course materials are well thought out and easy to follow. The examples provided will help me remember the material as I continue on my own writing journey. She is engaging and challenging, and she provides clear and thoughtful feedback. I highly recommended this course.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Very happy I took this class. Lilas Taha is a great teacher who knows how to impart knowledge.
    Her feedback on my writing submission was invaluable; she explained clearly what worked with it and what did not. Most importantly, she explained why. She easily explained writing concepts I had struggled with or just wondered about for quite some time. She pointed out mistakes I was making with my writing, and she did it in a supportive, constructive manner.
    We analyzed published works to identify specific writing devices, and then discussed how those devices can be used and changed for our specific writing projects. I found this invaluable.
    In addition to the instruction on writing, Lilas provided insight on the machinations of the publishing industry. She was more than happy to share her experiences and answer questions about different aspects of the publishing process, including dealing with agents, publishers, lawyers, contracts and deadlines.
    I know that working with Lilas Taha made me a better writer.

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