United Arab Emirates, Dubai: The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) has successfully completed the first phase of the writing workshops launched under the Dubai International Writing Programme. Titled “UAE Tomorrow” and “Dubai Future”, the workshops aimed to empower young talents by improving their writing skills and providing them with the right writing techniques and resources.
The workshops support the efforts made by MBRF through the Dubai International Writing Program, to improve the knowledge and linguistic production of the Arabic language and to create generations of young authors capable of producing exceptional and ingenious literary work, by giving them access to resources that help them achieve qualitative achievements in the field of writing.
The initial workshop titled “The UAE Tomorrow: The UAE After Fifty Years” involved training many young authors in writing children’s stories, covering all aspects of children’s literature – including how build texts with complete elements, how to formulate ideas and its link with a child’s universe and interests. The training was delivered by Ray Abdel Aal and included extensive brainstorming sessions with affiliates. The workshop also attempted to take readers on an imaginary journey into the future of the United Arab Emirates through creative texts written during the session.
Ray Abdel Aal underlined how crucial it is for young talents to improve their writing skills by learning proper writing techniques and creating integrated literary texts. She also commended the MBRF for its pioneering initiatives that nurture young people’s writing abilities and enhance their talents to become future creative writers.
The second workshop on the theme “Dubai Future – Writing for Young People” was held under the supervision of instructor Islam Abu Shakir and aimed to train young people in writing long stories. The aim was to provide stories that capture the reality of Dubai and consider its perspectives in various fields, as well as the transformations of the city that the world will witness over the next 50 years. The first level of this workshop was achieved by scheduling regular meetings, either virtually or face-to-face, and the second level by daily communication with the use of digital tools.
Abu Shakir said the workshop focused on envisioning Dubai’s future, while capturing the present. Participants were suggested to write long stories about how humans contribute significantly to the developments of the emirate and the ambitions and plans of nations for the prosperous future of the emirate. All these concepts will be represented by the characters and events of the novel and its context will emphasize the future of Dubai built on a solid foundation, which is its present. Abu Shakir also praised MBRF’s efforts to create an environment that fosters intellectual and cognitive excellence in young people by providing them with a chance to enhance their writing abilities and realize their aspirations to become creative authors and writers.
The workshops are part of the various initiatives of the Dubai International Writing Programme, which encompasses several knowledge projects and arts programs aimed at advancing local, regional and international knowledge movements as well as supporting and empowering young writers. The Dubai International Writing Program was established in 2013 by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, to organize several programs and projects aimed at fostering knowledge within and outside the country. Since its launch, the program has trained more than 300 young men and women in writing and held training workshops in Kuwait, Bahrain, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt. The program’s achievements have resulted in a set of books that have won prestigious awards.
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