Creative writing workshop continues on Jhelum banks

A month-long creative writing workshop for students continued on second Sunday on the banks of river Jhelum at Bund near Peerzu Island.

The workshop is organized by Waruk, a social organization working for the promotion of art among youth, in collaboration with Department of Tourism and Settle Light Productions.

The workshop aims to provide a common ground for children and adults, where more than 50 participants, young and old are working together in groups.

Exercises merging creative writing with theatre and other creative arts like film making are adding diversity to the event.

Deputy Director Tourism Riyaz Beigh paid a visit to venue to ensure that their requirements are properly met.

The workshop will continue on the coming weekend and is expected to produce more quality writing among the participants.

The organisers said the experiment to fuse children and adults bringing them on a common front in writing has by far been a very successful experience.

“Almost everyone can be seen teaching everyone else and there is no clear distinction between the trainers and the trained students. Readings from professional young writers in three prime languages Kashmiri, Urdu and English was an inspiration for the participants.”

A member of Settle Light Productions said they are always ready to help young and budding writers in terms of financial or other assistance to help them nurture their talent.

“Kashmir is full of talent and we as a group are always ready to contribute whatever we can to facilitate our young minds. We as a team with Department of Tourism and Waruk are continuously exploring other avenues to achieve the same.”

Last Sunday on the inaugural day, the workshop was conducted at Cultural Centre at Nowhatta which was inaugurated by Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah.

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