Creative Writing Course with Jabbour Douaihy
Monday 4 March, 9.30am-3pm
Al Waha, InterContinental, DFC
Author Jabbour Douaihy is giving a one-day creative writing course to aspiring novelists writing in Arabic on how to approach identity in their own writing.
Douaihy’s workshop explores the importance of offering readers a wider perspective on identity – in both subject matter and style.
Douaihy will guide participants in their writing process, choosing names, using family history and biography to build up character psychologically and physically.
In a series of writing exercises, participants will explore new methods, new vocabularies, new ideas – everything needed to write new stories.
Please see the outline of the day’s activities below.
The tutor: Lebanese writer Jabbour Douaihy obtained a PhD in comparative literature from the New Sorbonne University and a degree in French literature from the Faculty of Education in Beirut. Currently he is a professor of French literature at the Lebanese University in Beirut, Editorialist and literary critic at L’Orient Express and L’Orient Littéraire.
His novel June Rain was nominated for the 2008 Arabic Booker Prize and has been translated in several languages. He has translated several literary works from French into Arabic.
Lunch and coffee breaks are included.
Make sure to arrive for registration and introductions at 9:00 so the course can begin promptly at 9:30.
9h00-9h30 / Registration
10h00-11h20 / Where to start (names and family tree)
11h20-11h30 / Coffee
11h30-12h15 / In front of the mirror
12h15-13h00 / Lunch
13h00-14h20 / Written exercises in narration and description
14h20-14h30 / Coffee
14h30-15h00 / Q&ALanguage: Arabic