"A nadwa such as this reaffirms to us that writing is an activity worth travelling and taking time out for in an isolated location, something that has become an unthinkable luxury in today's world."
Nine emerging writers -- from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, the KSA, Oman, and the UAE -- are currently taking part in the annual International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) nadwa, or masterclass, led by Egyptian novelist Bahaa Taher.
This week -- from October 29 - Nov 5 -- eight emerging writers are at the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)'s fifth annual nadwa, or writing masterclass.
Six authors -- from the UAE, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Palestine and Iraq -- started their International Prize for Arabic Fiction-sponsored "masterclass" (yes, it was previously called a nadwa; perhaps that word was too hard for us English-language journos). Anyhow:
ArabLit contributor Mona Elnamoury reflects on what Kate Chopin would've gained from the International Prize for Arabic Fiction-sponsored "nadwas," or writers' retreats, and what a modern Arab "Kate Chopin" needs to write and publish. I have always thought of her amidst her six children, trying to write on a wooden board in the kitchen. With servants … Continue reading Why Would Kate Chopin Want to Participate in the IPAF ‘Nadwa’?