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Wednesday November 03, 2010 11:29:13 PM, Special Correspondent

Aligarh: A question often debated by writers and critics alike is whether creative writing is a god given gift or a skill that can be learnt. This was precisely the focus of a two-day workshop on creative writing conducted by Dr. Sami Rafiq, a writer who has published extensively.


An Associate Professor in the Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University, Dr. Sami Rafiq shared her valuable experience with students and other aspiring writers at the workshop titled “Imagine, Write, Create”, at Hansraj Mahila Mahavidyalaya Jalandhar.


She was assisted in this work by Dr. Rashmi Attri, Reader, Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University.

The workshop was organized on the behest of the Budding Brontes, a literary society of Hansraj Mahila Mahavidyalaya It was attended by about 200 students from the college who were very enthusiastic about developing and polishing their creative writing skills.

The workshop was divided into four sessions based on poetry writing, short story writing, culture related writing and writing for children. She laid emphasis on practical writing skills and assisted the students in developing their stories and poems.

In the poetry session the students were provided with picture prompts. Humour was an important element in the poetry writing. The students read out their humorous verses which were both in English and Punjabi. After the lunch break, the students returned to writing short stories.


These stories expressed the width and breadth of their concerns and were very imaginative and compelling. The topics that were covered by these stories were both personal and social.


The students felt encouraged to learn that their writings would be published in the college magazine.

The third session engrossed the students still further as it tapped their potential for cultural writing. The Students chose several topics such as Punjabi beats, music, art, fashion, accessories and crafts. There were interesting pieces on trendy footwear and cars.

The last session focused on writing for children which received much attention. Some very original stories for children emerged in this session. These stories would be compiled and published by Ramnita Sharda, the chief organizer of this workshop.

The students expressed their opinion at the end of the workshop and said that they were surprised to have discovered a writer within them and affirmed with confidence that they would continue to write and get published too.







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