This program, previously called “The Art of Writing a Novel”, is an intensive writing camp which seeks to create a new and distinctive writing model. Participants will share their own experiences in writing fiction through their selected manuscript, and work on them under the supervision of experts and published novelists throughout the course. The program depends on the presence of several experts and specialists who will come in to discuss the elements of writing a novel, joined by a number of novelists, critics and publishers who will share their experiences and discuss relevant topics with the participants, who will, in turn, be able to share their manuscripts with these treasured guests and listen to their feedback. This program offers new research material that has been especially curated for this course by a team of specialists. Moreover, participants will also be doing written exercises that have been put together and reviewed by tenured experts.
This program targets aspiring young novelists seeking to develop their skills in writing, help them meet experts and share their experiences. At the end of the program, participants will develop their own proposals for novels.
The program is primarily focused on the lively discussion between participants in the presence of experts, through several activities including brainstorming in the form of a painting or a video, individual practical exercises and discussions about each participant’s writing proposal.
Novelists with previous fictional experiences. Interested in learning the basics, methods of writing a novel, and wishing to publish their first novel works.
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Born on December 5, 1976, Alla Farghali is an Egyptians screenwriter, novelist, author, and editor. He holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, which he attained at Cairo University in 2019, as well as a Diploma in Cinematic Studies, which he attained at the Cinema Palace Center in 2020. With his knowledge, he became a lecturer and content presenter in creative writing to share his knowledge with the world. Furthermore, he is a member of Egypt's Writers’ Union as well as the UAE’s Journalists’ Association.
Mohammed Ait Hanna
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