LUMS Young Writers Workshop has been designed to address the lacuna of quality creative writing instruction in Pakistan. Through a short story contest, the workshop will identify eight young writers from across Pakistan who will be invited to participate in a five-day residential creative writing workshop at LUMS.
MENTOR AND GUEST SPEAKER FOR THE WORKSHOP 2012
LUMS Young Writers Workshop 2012 will be mentored by writer and translator, Bilal Tanweer, who teaches fiction writing at LUMS. His fiction, poetry, essays and translations have appeared in a number of international publications including Granta, Vallum, Critical Muslim, The Caravan, and Words Without Borders. He has an MFA in Writing (fiction) from Columbia University and was selected as one of Granta’s New Voices in 2011.
The guest speaker for this year’s workshop is novelist Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Moth Smoke.
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE CONTEST
Writers between 18-26 years are invited to submit one work of fiction of no more than 4,000 words. There is no entry fee and submissions are via email only.
- Please do not submit previously published material.
- The deadline for submissions is June 24th, 2012.
- Submissions and the medium of instruction of the workshop will be English.
- By sending in an entry you express your consent to be available and willing to attend the workshop on August 5-9. Boarding, lodging, meals and tuition will be covered. Participants will be required to arrange for their own transportation to and from LUMS.
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By sending in an entry you express your consent to be available and willing to attend the workshop on August 5-9. Boarding, lodging, meals and tuition will be covered. Participants will be required to arrange for their own transportation to and from LUMS.
The results for the contest will be announced on July 14th, 2012.
This workshop is built on the premise that writers—or those who wish to write—are, first and foremost, tireless and passionate readers of literature. The workshop will serve as an intensive reading boot camp for young writers where they’ll have the opportunity to deeply and closely engage with great writing and respond with their own creative work. The readings and discussions are designed to help young writers appreciate a broad range of works and writing styles.
The second aspect of the workshop is writing. Each day, after a rigorous discussion of the pre-assigned texts, writers will have a chance to respond with their own writing. On the fourth day, writers will meet and discuss The Reluctant Fundamentalist with Mohsin Hamid. They will then work on a story, which will be collectively critiqued on the fifth day.
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