aspire2work hosts Literary Workshop
27 April, 2017
On 27th April, aspire2work hosted three award winning writers from the SI Leeds Literary Prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women at the Bradford Opportunity Centre, for an inspiring and creative session to help develop ideas into powerful words and stories. The workshop was organised by the aspire2work English team, led by Lorraine Stoddart. It provided learners with the opportunity to meet the writers, hear about their backgrounds and stories, as well as participate in hands-on writing workshops to help develop their own writing style.
36 learners listened intently to all three writers personal anecdotal stories about how they came to enter into the world of writing. One writer was brutally attacked at the age of 15 and this spurred her journey into writing as she found it therapeutic.
After delivering their personal accounts and reading extracts from their books, they delivered workshops in carousels. It was during these that the learners received useful tips on how to make their writing more engaging for the reader.
Learners showed their own initiative and asked the writers questions based upon what they had heard. Feedback from the session was very positive:
'It was a new experience for me, all the writers were down to earth and inspiring' - Zara Muzaffer, who requested a picture with the prize-winning writers and requested their autographs.
'I enjoyed it, I like that they really took time to work with us in small groups' - Mariam Khan'.
Thanks to the writers and to Fiona Goh from the SI Leeds Literary Prize for working with aspire2work on this workshop.
Amita’s short story collection ‘Marmite and Mango Chutney’ won the 1st prize aspire-igen award in 2016: “Having lived in and around London, California, and Delhi, I tend to write about the comedy and tragedy of cultural encounters. Like most fiction writers on Twitter, I love chocolate. Unlike most, I don’t post cute pictures of my cats.”
Winnie M Li (winniemli.com)
Winnie is a Harvard graduate who has has written for travel guide books, produced independent feature films, and programmed for film festivals. She is a PhD researcher at the London School of Economics. Winnie won 2nd place in the SI Leeds Literary Prize for her debut novel, Dark Chapter. It will be published by Legend Press in June, followed by publications in the US, Holland, and Sweden.
Jamilah grew up in the Middle East and has lived in London since graduating from University. She works in publishing, previously as a Commissioning Editor and more recently as a freelance editor and literary agent. Set in the Arabian Gulf, her novel Recognising Strangers won the SI Readers’ Choice award 2016 and asks ‘how well do we really know those closest to us?’
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