Converge Creates

Are you a creative practitioner looking to transform your freelance work into something more sustainable? Want to gain some transferrable entrepreneurial skills to complement your creative ones?

Converge Creates is a new, unique training programme designed with creatives in mind. Whether you’re a student, recent graduate or staff member at the University of the West of Scotland, this FREE course will equip you with the skills, network and inspiration to apply your creativity in a new way and boost your confidence to start, grow and expand your practice.  And who knows, maybe even explore a new business idea.

For more information on the programme, speakers and how to sign up, see below:


Speaker panel

Our speakers are all specialists in the Creative Industries

Marion Scott

Founder Make Yourself Heard

After ten years in sales and marketing Marion went to drama school. Combining her business and arts skills she created Make Yourself Heard, a company dedicated to voice and presence coaching. Marion is also a lecturer at Queen Margaret University on the Acting and Performance degree, helping to train the actors of tomorrow for theatre, film and television.


Peter Ranscombe

Freelance Journalist & Copywriter

Peter spent nine years at The Scotsman newspaper before becoming a freelance journalist and copywriter in 2014. He now writes for a range of titles, including newspapers such as The Times and The Press & Journal, magazines such as Whisky and Scottish Field, and The Lancet’s specialist medical journals. Wearing his copywriter’s hat, he’s ghostwritten articles for companies, charities, and public sector bodies, which has led him to also deliver media training and writing workshops. His debut novel, an historical thriller called Hare, was published in 2014.


Richard Cormack-Corrigan

Enterprise Executive Converge

Richard supports university enterprise development teams in the North East of Scotland and is based at the University of Aberdeen.

Before joining Converge, Richard worked for Young Enterprise Scotland's Elevator UK programme promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship in education and designing and delivering a range of accelerator programmes.


Sandy Thompson

Artistic Director Poorboy

Sandy is a Writer/Director in theatre and film based in Scotland and working largely in the UK and the USA.  Her first feature film is now in development. She's mentored by screenwriter Robin Swicord (Practical Magic) and Producer Riva Marker (Beasts of No Nation) and is part of NYC's The Writers Lab.

In Scotland she’s a Playwright Studio Scotland Award winner and playwright mentor. Her work in theatre with her company Poorboy has won multiple awards and tours internationally. She's a business advisor and learning designer with the Creative Entrepreneur Club, mentoring, advising, training and problem solving with members of the creative entrepreneur community on anything that affects their success and sustainability.  Her first-hand experience as founder and Director of her own company and running a registered charity for over 20 years means she's very experienced at navigating that place where excellence in creative endeavor meets the imperatives of operating as a successful, sustainable business.


Lynda-Marie Taurasi

Writer & Creative Consultant LMTaurasi Creative

Lynda-Marie Taurasi is a freelancer turned Creative Consultant. She founded LMTaurasi Creative, a consultancy focused on communicating impact from research, innovation, and creative communities, through Edinburgh Innovations whilst completing a Postgraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh.

LMTaurasi Creative customises research-based content and strategy and designs branding workshops, webinars, and trainings featured in the Women in Technology World Series, Talent Development @ Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, and Codebase One's 'Codebase on the Couch' webinar series. As a consultant,  Lynda-Marie also works with an organisation's senior leadership to develop digital communication, media/PR, and marketing strategies, often acting in an interim role in fixed-term contracts. She previously completed Creative Bridge, an accelerator programme for creatives to learn start-up best practice, run by Creative Informatics UK and is a mentor and Steering Committee Member with Creative Edinburgh.


Course details

This two-day, in-person course takes place at UWS Ayr Campus. You'll learn about the mindset required to think like a designer, be introduced to design tools and make your way through a fun and informative process from ideas to prototyping. Expect sticky notes, sharpies, play and new ways of thinking and working!

Other key topics covered will include:

Creativity & Impact - how to think, act and create a socially impactful creative endeavour using real-life examples of inspirational creative practitioners

Sustainability - find out what being sustainable means as a creative entrepreneur and learn how to develop a sustainable business model and develop tools to make your business more sustainable

Raising Ambition - develop strategies to help you grow personally and professionall

Presentation Skills - learn the tips and techniques of communication to increase your presence when pitching and presenting.


  • Innovation & Design Thinking & Presentation Skills
    25 January - 9.00am - 4.30pm
  • Creativity & Impact, Sustainability & Raising Ambition
    26 January - 9.00am - 4.30pm

Bag your free place

Registration for Converge Creates is now closed. However, why not check out our series of FREE spring workshops on the essentials of starting a business.