creative writing courses & classes


My name is Dina Hardy. I’m a published writer
who has taught at Stanford University,
the University of Iowa, in Los Angeles ,
Madrid, and I led workshops in Dubai, UAE.
I’ve also worked in the film industry,
in the digital space,
and I think of myself as a Swiss Army knife.

Join me in my writing courses in Madrid!
My goal is to enhance the literary community
in this fantastic writer-friendly city
and to support the important
Desperate Literature bookstore.


Contact me
for registration and inquiries

There are courses for various writing levels, various genres.
However, these courses are only for writers aged 17 or older.
Minimum class size is 4. Maximum is 10. Class will not happen until minimum size is met.
Courses are taught in English. Non-native English speakers are very welcome!
Each 6-week course ends with a participant-reading at Desperate Literature bookstore and a printed document of participants’ work.

Cash only.
Payable on the first day of course, or, if drop-in, at each class.
Price for courses includes a Desperate Literature gift card.

Contact me if you have questions or concerns.

  • Drop-in price per class: €35

  • Price for 6 consecutive sessions (a course): €180, includes €5 gift card

  • Sign up with a friend for a 6-week course: each participant pays €150, both get €10 gift card


all genre creative writing workshop dubai

Intro to Poetry

Course Start Date: 10 February 2019

  • Location: Malasaña

  • Schedule: Sundays

    • Feb 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17

    • 13h - 15h (1:00pm-3:00pm)

What is poetry? Different areas of the world, different writers have different definitions. We'll read examples, explore some wildly different definitions and forms and styles—from narrative to experimental, from sestinas to sound poems. We'll write and workshop your results.


Genre Fluid Studio

  • Course Start Date: 11 February 2019

  • Location: Malasaña

  • Schedule: Mondays

    • Feb 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18

    • 10h - 12h (10:00am-noon)

There's no right or wrong answer. There's no such thing as writers' block. These are the two tenets of this course. I'll guide you through in-class writing prompts guaranteed to expand your imagination, and lead you to new places in your work. All genres encouraged. New genres welcomed. 

advance creative writing workshop dubai dina hardy

Intermediate-Advanced Workshop

  • Course Start Date: 10 February 2019

  • Location: Malasaña

  • Schedule: Sundays

    • Feb 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17

    • 16h - 18h (4:00pm-6:00pm)

This 6-week course is for writers with current projects who are looking for close critique on their work and are willing to provide constructive feedback to others. The main goal, though, is to introduce writers to each other and build a stronger literary community in Madrid.



I’ve attended her workshops in Dubai
and can attest that Dina is a wonderful teacher!”

—Sara V

You are a very dynamic teacher, really involved in any subject.
It has been a pleasure to share this course with you.”

—Bea A.

“The one thing I will take away from this class… is that writing is not as hard as it seems. Once you get into the process of writing it’s amazing how you can come up with a million stories. I also learned that almost everything you write has the potential to be a great story as long as you have well-written characters and conflict. 
I would definitely recommend this class to a friend. I realized within this class that writing can be a highly enjoyable experience. It also helped that my fellow classmates and instructor encouraged me to keep at it. I was previously always too shy to write and read out what I had written. 
I found this class to be exactly what I needed. It provided me with that gentle push… to look into writing seriously. I got a lot of encouragement and all feedback was constructive. The in-class exercises were very helpful and I definitely see myself being more open to sharing my work now.”
—Aisha H.


“The whole class for me was a new experience. I started out wanting to improve my business writing, but ended up really enjoying exploring creative writing.
Everything I’ve learned was new to me. Exercises helped me understand how to come up with a story.”  
—Dalia M.


“Writing is a workout, the more you practice the better you get at it. All the writing exercises and assignments were extremely insightful and made me push my boundaries and think outside the box. The class was very insightful; it was exactly what I had hoped a writing class to be and more. It was very enjoyable and I looked forward to it every time I came. It made writing exciting and a joy to which I didn’t feel that way before. [Dina] was very positive, supportive, and had a lot of helpful and informative tips to give us.” 
—Azza A.