Can you do Creative writing? is a question that brings out mixed emotions in most people. It had a similar effect on the students present in the Oasis theatre of Middlesex University, Dubai on 12th, October 2016. Asking this question was the guest speaker Mr Taimur Rehman, hosting an hour long session on creative writing.
People need to believe they can do something prior to doing it. Clearing away the common misconception of the students in the audience that they are not able to ‘write creatively’ Taimur Rehman opened his talk with a short exercise in creative writing. It goes something like this, the audience was asked to look at a picture and write what they can ‘see’, ‘hear’ and ‘feel’. The audience responses were read out and some of them were indeed creatively witty! By the end of this exercise the skeptical audience had a change of perspective on their creative writing skills. He also spoke about the various platforms that budding writers work can get their work published.
Mr. Taimur Rehman is partnering with Middlesex University to create a publishing portal for student writers. Few of the best student’s writings will be published on this portal on yearly bases. He also offered the students present in the audience to be their ‘writing mentor’.
He is a firm believer of reading extensively. The main message of his talk with the students was to write without inhibitions and then write some more. Most importantly students need to believe they can write creatively.
After the seminar Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director of Middlesex University Dubai picked up the winner’s from the ‘CES Lucky draw’ .The winners of the draw - Sagrika Suresh and Nicole Ruth. The students who attended the seminar were given a Certificate of participation by the CES.
The anonymous feedback received by the Careers and Employability Services (CES), stated that the seminar was well received by MDX students. They found the session to be inspiring as it gave them a new perspective on creative writing.
Written by Arwa Abizer, Students Activities PR.