The Creative Writing Workshop: August 01, 2012
One full day workshop on Creative Writing for the students from Class IX – XII was organized jointly by the Headmaster’s Office and the English Department, Senior Section on August 01, 2012. The workshop was initiated and proposed by the Tibet Writes, – a network of Tibetan writers, poets, editors and critics, to all the TCV school branches in and around Dharamsala.
The whole program was divided into 3 different sessions. The morning session, which was from 9:00 a.m. till 11:00, was a joint session and was held at the Herman Gmeiner Hall. During this session, the resource persons were introduced to the participants and this was then followed by 15 minutes of reading from their own collection and sharing their experience and question answer session respectively.
The next two sessions were the group sessions. Since it involves active interaction and participation, the senior section students were divided into two groups. Class IX and X students had their sessions in Dekyi Tsering hall, while class XI and XII students had theirs in the Herman Gmeiner hall. The first session of the class IX and X was taken by Mr. Bhuchung D. Sonam, and class XI and XII by Mr. Tenzin Tsondue and Ms. Tsering Wangmo Dhumpa, and the next session vice versa.
The resource persons talked about the importance of writing and how English writing having wider audience would eventually help the cause of Tibet. They then taught the students how to create a poem by using simple and precise words. Following the child centered method, the resource persons started with the words that associate with poetry and with the students created a beautiful poem with ease within no time. The students not only enjoyed the sessions, but also realized that writing could be fun. Many students left the venue with a new hope and inspiration.
Submitted by: Tenzin Choekyi Drenang (P.G.T. English)