More young writers blossom at Aliran workshop

Unleashing their potential: Writers at work

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 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

Lead facilitator:

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.

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27 Jan 2015 1.44pm

Too deeply entrenched in Ketuanan Tongkat as the race is defined politically to perpetuate the Never Ending Policy. Very few dare to opt out.

27 Jan 2015 11.55am

English in Malaysia worsens by day. Will be very encouraging if these young writers can inspire more to write and also cover social issues with a realistic minds rather than keep harping on past past not coming back era.

roger woo
roger woo
29 Jan 2015 3.27pm
Reply to  jojo

The malay politicians like to speak English mixed with Malay. Just watch the news and see how they communicate when yhey are interviewed. I was told this is how local lecturers and professors speak to the students in the local universities.

Lord Jim
Lord Jim
1 Feb 2015 11.48am
Reply to  jojo

Some time ago, a Malaysian artiste was interviewed on a Singapore radio station. She was asked about her favourite body part.

“My favourite part of my body is my nipples.”

She meant her dimples.

gk ong
gk ong
27 Jan 2015 9.07am


Could you feature the writings of these young writers in your blog?

Or perhaps you could invite them as guest writers to your blog?