I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to WAB administrators for giving me the chance to attend creative non-fiction writing workshop. The weeklong workshop was organized by the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy (BCMD) in Thimphu which ended yesterday. I also thank BCMD’s Executive Director Madam Pek Siok Sian Dorji for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
Initially it was quite embarrassing for me to be among the writers and listening to Professor Jim Bettinger of Standford University, U.S. But the topics and the themes suited perfect for the aspiring writers that it did not take anyone of alike to feel meek or shy. Also, their charm and grace to the knowledge and techniques to writing non-fiction induced me with an enhanced passion to scribble further. I thank you everyone for that.
It was really heartening to see young participants from Sherubtse College who care to bring changes in the society in literature. I am fortunate I met the member of WAB whom I am ardent fan of his writings. I have requested him to report on the workshop for the benefits of the members and readers. He was a real professional to instantly agree on it. I know he will do justice to it better than me.
The enthusiasm from participants did not die with the end of workshop. Everyone agreed to come closer and help each other in future and the foundation was already laid towards the formation of group. Perhaps I will again report on the plans and programs for those truly interested individuals.
The workshop was immensely helpful with experienced resource person and an encouraging organizer. I look forward to something similar in future as well.
|James R Bettinger|
James R Bettinger 23 July, 2011 - Veteran reporter, editorial writer and editor and director of the Knight fellowship program at Stanford University, James R Bettinger, has been visiting Bhutan since 2008 to teach creative non-fiction writing to Bhutanese writers.
What is creative non-fiction writing?
It is telling true stories, using varieties of creative knowledge, including narrative, dialogue and characterisation.
What does it take to be a good writer?
It takes good powers of observation, sensitivity to human beings, an ability to tell stories and perseverance.
Is writing something that can be learnt or is it something that’s inborn?
Writing is a process of learning, sometimes it’s inborn, but it depends on the interest one gives.
What is your impression about the Bhutanese writer?
Bhutanese writers are good and it has been very satisfying.
What is your advice for aspiring Bhutanese writers?
To write, write some more. It almost doesn’t matter as long as you write and keep writing.
By Dawa Dakpa
Dawa Dakpa was the participant as well.
Thank you once again.