Lunchtime Learning: Exploring Gender and Identity Narratives in Writing

11th October 2023 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Online

This October, we will speak to writers Ely Percy (they/ them) and Carrie Marshall (she/ her) about their creative processes across fiction and memoir, sharing their top tips on structure, self-care and writing from the personal. In conversation with each other, they will discuss how their relationships to queer and transness shape their writing practises, and have affected their publication journeys. From writing queer and trans characters and narratives, to creating space for queer and trans writers within the publishing industry, they will offer invaluable guidance to writers of all genders.

All proceeds raised from ticket sales of this masterclass will go towards Mermaids, a charity that support trans, non-binary and gender-diverse young people.

This masterclass will be online via Teams. It will also be recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you'll be able to catch-up and access the recording for up to two weeks after the event has taken place. 

Speaker profiles
Ely Percy

Ely Percy is an award winning Scottish writer, perhaps best known for their novel Duck Feet.

Their first publication was a letter-cum-poem in Big! magazine in 1994. Since then, they’ve released a memoir Cracked: Recovering After Traumatic Brain Injury, graduated with distinction from Glasgow University’s MPhil in Creative Writing and contributed over fifty short stories to literary journals including New Writing Scotland, Scotsman,Orange and Edinburgh Review. 

Percy’s debut novel Vicky Romeo Plus Joolz was published in March 2019 by Knight Errant Press. Their second novel Duck Feet came out on March 2021 and won The Saltire Society's Scottish Fiction Book of the Year in November of the same year.

Carrie Marshall

I’m Carrie Marshall, a freelance writer, copywriter, broadcaster, podcaster and songwriter from Glasgow in Scotland. I’ve been a professional writer for 25 years.

I write features, news stories, columns, web copy, brochures, advertorials, press releases, profiles, tutorials, reviews, scripts, blogs and books. My debut memoir, Carrie Kills A Man, was a Scotsman book of the year and Damian Barr’s Literary Salon book of the week, and it was shortlisted for the 2023 British Book Awards book of the year in the Discover category.

I’m a transgender woman and my pronouns are she/her.

Photo: Eoin Carey

Booking & payment

The workshop fee of £5 (incl. VAT) is payable in full online. All proceeds from this masterclass will go towards Mermaids, a charity which supports trans, non-binary and gender diverse young people. Thank you for supporting the trans and non-binary communities with your purchase.

Please note that payment instalment plans are available for all W&A events, writing courses and editing services. Contact W&A Admin on so that we can find a payment schedule that works for you.

This is a live online event which will be presented using video conferencing software. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided by the W&A Team a week before the event start-date. Please note, all event timings are in UK time.

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Accessible to All

  • It’s of real importance to Writers & Artists that our events and courses remain accessible to all.

  • At the speaker's discretion, event materials will be made available to attendees after the masterclass.

  • A link to a recording of the masterclass will be circulated after the event. This will be made available to event attendees only, and for a time-limited period.

  • If you'd like to receive a transcript of the session, please do let us know and we can circulate following the session.

  • This event will include written text and visuals. Please contact us in advance so that we can make arrangements to be sure all documents appear in a format that works for you.

  • If you’d like to attend but have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, then please email

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