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Published On: April 25, 2024 09:16 AM NPT By: Republica

A Room of One's Own- Creative Writing Workshop for Queer Youth

A Room of One's Own- Creative Writing Workshop for Queer Youth

LALITPUR, April 25: 16 aspiring queer writers attended A Room of One’s Own - a day-long creative writing workshop organized by United Nations Nepal and Katha Satha on Wednesday. 

A Room of One’s Own is a creative writing primer designed for queer writers who want to write but perhaps don’t know where to begin, or who are looking for a supportive community to write with. 

This workshop was inspired by and an extension of the writing residency of the same name held in December of 2022 where six writers from all over Nepal wrote together for 10 days and created a DIY zine of twenty-two original works of poetry and prose.

The bi-lingual workshop opened with introductions and shared about the 2022 UNFE residency and the zine. Throughout the workshop, the participants began their writing with memories from childhood tied to a specific space, such as "home" that was intensely familiar to each writer. 

"I loved the ambiance of the workshop and the gentle, non-intrusive way that the facilitators drew us out. I loved how introspective the workshop was and how it allowed me to look at myself as an inspiration to write rather than giving me generic advice that would have been in any other workshop. This felt personal to me, and it got me to understand why I write, which is useful in the long run." - Eva Kafle, participant of the workshop.  

Another attendee Leena Gurung shared, “I thought the workshop was great in terms of being able to connect with writers. Often writing can feel like a solitary process and lonely. I loved hearing from others and sharing my own work."

All participants wanted the workshop to be longer and hoped for a multi-day program or a residential program. They also expressed that the calm, kind, non-violent, and non-toxic ambience of the workshop was something that they have been needing and was an important part of their open participation today. They look forward to continued community building through more of these kinds of writing workshops.

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