(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))
ABU DHABI, 12th December, 2017 (WAM) -- A group of six emerging Arab authors have gathered in Abu Dhabi to take part in the annual 'Nadwa', or workshop, organised by the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, which brings together writers from across North Africa and the Middle East for a week-long workshop.
The workshop is being supported by the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), as part of the Foundation's "Riwaq Al Adab wal Kitab" initiative, a platform that is dedicated to nurturing writers and supporting the literary industry in the UAE and Arab World. The workshop will take place in the Arabian Nights Village nestled in the heart of the Abu Dhabi desert.
The event will be led by two prominent names in Arabic literature, winner of International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017, Mohammed Hasan Alwan from Saudi Arabia, and Egyptian author Sahar ElMougy, who was on the 2017 judging panel.
The participating writers, who range in age from 26 to 40-years-old, come from six different countries Oman, Sudan, UAE, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Palestine.
Sahar ElMougy said, "In writing workshops, the text leaves its solitary life with the writer and enjoys a brief time of recreation. It looks at the world afresh, meets eyes unlike those of its author and listens to other voices. It may take from them or not, just as it wishes, but one thing is sure: it will not return unchanged."
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is the leading international prize for Arabic literature. Sponsored by the Department of Culture and Tourism- Abu Dhabi, and runs in association with the Booker Prize Foundation in the UK.
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