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Encouraging creative writing among the young and talented

One of the main creative writing workshops that take place annually, the Fairway Creative Writing Workshop successfully concluded a two-day workshop on October 27 and 28 at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute.

A distinguished resource panel comprising successful individuals in different areas of writing and publishing took the participants through the dos and don’ts, tips and activities to encourage creative writing. The panel consisted of Madhubhashini Disanayaka - Ratnayake on ‘Understanding Creative Writing, Ameena Hussein on ‘Writing Short Stories’, Charulatha Abeysekara – Thewarathanthri on ‘Writing Novels’ and Arun Welandawe - Prematilleke on ‘Playwriting and Screenwriting’ on Saturday.

Vijitha Yapa, Jill Macdonald, Ramya Chamalie Jirasinghe and Amanda Jayatissa conducted workshops on ‘Secrets of Getting Published’, ‘Editing for Publication’, ‘Writing Poetry’ and ‘Writing your first Novel’ respectively, the following day. The sessions were conducted in an interactive manner and included presentations, handouts, videos and short exercises. Participants arrived from as far away as Batticaloa and Galle and spent a pleasant and informative two days learning and polishing their writing skills.