5 things to do today: sign up for a book-writing workshop or attend Meet the Faculty night at NYFA Abu Dhabi

Our daily round-up of things to do. Sign up for a book-writing workshop; attend Meet the Faculty night at NYFA Abu Dhabi; register for the class on Becoming a Parent; reserve your spot at a complimentary talk by Super Granny; and sit in on the co.mmission artist’s talk.

The book-writing coach Gertrude Matshe. Courtesy Salwa Zeidan Gallery
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Sign up to take part in one of the three workshops titled How to Write a Book in 40 Hours by the international book writing coach Gertrude Matshe. She also will teach participants how to publish on Amazon and Kindle, market and promote the book and much more. On March 25, 5.30pm, Dh350, Salwa Zeidan Gallery, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.amiando.com/myfirstbookabudhabi; March 28, 10am, Dh350, Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, www.amiando.com/myfirstbook; April 4, 4pm, Dh350, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, www.amiando.com/myfirstbooksharjah

Attend Meet the Faculty night at the New York Film Academy Abu Dhabi and get to know the acting, screenwriting, cinematography and editing instructors, including Norman B Schwartz, a film craft and screenwriting instructor, who worked on the Oscar-winning films The Exorcist and ET – The Extra-Terrestrial. Today, March 15, From 6pm to 8pm, free, off 15th Street, between 2nd and 4th streets, Abu Dhabi, www.nyfa.edu/abu-dhabi

Register for the class Becoming a Parent. The Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation presents a talk by Dr Ross Thompson on parenting as part of the Early Childhood Development Parenting Program. March 23-24, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi on Monday; Al Ain Municipality Auditorium, Al Ain on Tuesday, 5pm to 6.30pm, free entry, register at eduprogram@shf.ae

Reserve your spot at a free talk by Big On Children's Super Granny, one of South Africa's foremost parenting experts, who will discuss building self-confidence in children, and address topics such as bullying. On March 17, 9.15-11.30am, free, Kids HQ, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Barsha, Dubai, registration essential at 04 379 4233, fun@kidshq.ae

Sit in on the co.mmission artist's talk, in which the American artist Jonny Farrow presents an art piece that will become a permanent fixture at Ductac. Today, March 15, from 7pm to 8pm, Art Forum, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org