January 26th. The Palestine Writing
Workshop, in cooperation with the International Youth Exchange
Program (Zajel) of the Public Relations Department and the
Office of the University President Assistant for Graduate
Affairs, organized a training workshop for the University
students interested in developing their skills and expanding
their experience in creative writing in English.
Mohammad Hanif, a British Pakistani
Novelist and the trainer at the workshop, introduced to the
students the different techniques of editing their literary
work, and the many ways of using real life characters,
situations and landscape in their stories. He also trained them
on how to use excerpts from novels and how real things can
become unreal, how to identify real life scenarios, characters
and landscape to be used in fiction.
Students were trained on critical analysis
of the literary text as well as give and take feedback from
fellow writers; they were also taught how to read and rewrite
their own writing. Sarah Musa, a student at the Faculty of Fine
Arts and one of the participants in the workshop, described her
participation as a unique experience and said she found the
training very useful.
She added “My participation enabled me to
learn new techniques in writing my ideas and enhance my writing
style. Our trainer has provided us with important notes on how
to develop our literary writing skills which opened new horizons
and opportunities for us”.
Such workshops enable students and
promising writers to learn new writing styles and acquire new
skills that would enhance their work and expand their
experience. This will have a substantial and positive impact on
the writing capacities of young writers.
Hanif was born in Okara, Pakistan. He
pursued a career in journalism and worked for Newsline, India
Today, and the Washington Post after leaving the Pakistan Air
Force Academy. He has written plays for both stage and screen,
including a critically acclaimed BBC drama and the feature film
The Long Night. Hanif is a graduate of the University of East
Anglia’s creative writing programme. He is currently head of
BBC’s Urdu Service.
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