Day 1 featured a creative writing workshop for young adults by Indian-American author Mitali Perkins
In the opening session of Dhaka Lit Fest 2018, Festival Director Sadaf Saaz spoke strongly about the DLF’s commitment towards education and the enlightenment of young minds. As such, Day 1 featured a creative writing workshop for young adults by Indian-American author Mitali Perkins.
Perkins, who has authored 12 books for young adults, and is in Dhaka to promote Rickshaw Girls, a film based on her novel by the same name, spoke about the elements of good storytelling, providing examples about word choices to liven up a description.
The interactive session then had participants take up paper and pencils to use for a seven-minute writing exercise, bringing a scene to life, using the literary devices suggested by the workshop moderator. At the end of the exercise, Perkins read out a few of the entries, taking time to point out the strengths of each piece, and to volunteer further tips about writing. The session ended with a short Q/A session.