The second Aliran Young Writers Workshop in Penang over the last weekend has unleashed the the potential of more socially conscious young writers, who are set to light up the writing scene.
Just as in the first workshop a week earlier, it was fascinating to see how engrossed they were as they set about to discover and bring out their own inner voice through their writing.
Aliran president Dr Francis Loh and Aliran member and researcher Nicholas Chan led the writing workshop Deepening Democracy: Creating space for Youths in Federal, State and Local Governments.
At both these workshops, veteran journalist Himanshu Bhatt provided expert comments on the participants’ drafts, which they would then take home to polish up before submission them to Aliran for publication on aliran.com Check out their writing there over the next few weeks.
The third workshop in PJ this weekend Multiculturalism: Respecting One Another, Celebrating Differences. Only one place left for this workshop! (To register, fill up the form here.) Leading the workshop are Prof Zaharom Nain and his team members Dr Christopher Chong and Dr Ngu Ik Tien, with Citizen Nades dropping by as visiting expert to share his views on what makes for effective writing.
It is not too late to register for the fourth and final workshop at Ipoh though (see details below). The entire series of four workshops is supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.
Workshop 4 (Ipoh):
14-15 Febuary – Writing about gender and vulnerable groups
Venue: Kinta Riverfront Hotel and Suites, Ipoh
Dr Prema Devaraj – Aliran Exco member, activist, trainer
This workshop will encourage participants to identify the varied discrimination against women and vulnerable groups. It will address cultural stereotypes and an unequal power hierarchy which leads to these types of discrimination. Participants will be motivated to share their ideas in articles that will expose and challenge the sources of these violations of rights.
Lunch and two tea breaks will be provided free. (A nominal registration fee of RM10 per workshop will be collected.)
To register, fill up the form here.