Lahore University of Management Sciences

LUMS Young Writers Workshop

August 05, 2012

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Introduction

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.

Winners of the Contest

Thank you everyone who participated in the LUMS Young Writers Workshop & Short Story Contest 2012.

The eight winning entries (in alphabetical order by first name) are:

  1. Aliya Waqar - Where Is the Cupid
  2. Amna Chaudhry - Fareb
  3. Babar Suleiman - Four Broken Hearts
  4. Haneya Hasan Zuberi - The Arranged Marriage
  5. Meraj Fatimah - Notes on Insanity and Fused Light-bulbs
  6. Shakeel Ahmed - Social Parasites in a Dead Society
  7. Syed Muhammad Mustehsan - The Bus Conductor
  8. Waqas Ahmed - Azaan

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop in August, and would encourage everyone to keep on writing!

The Workshop

Reading 
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.
 
Writing
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.
 
The event has been sponsored by the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, LUMS, Ferozsons Laboratories Limited and CityFM89 (www.cityfm89.com).