Creative Writing: Bringing Ideas to Life

It has become customary for Inizjamed to present its annual Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival to an audience that might not attend such an event.

In the past, the cultural NGO has successfully organized workshops led by local and foreign writers for children and teenagers around Malta and Gozo with the aim of bringing young minds closer to the wonders of literature and art. creative writing while giving them a taste of the festival.

After two years of holding sessions online due to the restrictions induced by the pandemic, it was nice to be able to return to class this year, in an environment conducive to an intimate and warm atmosphere between the participants and the writer.

Writer Antoinette Borg led two creative writing workshops with groups of students aged seven to eight. Skolasajf in Mellieha and Mosta.

The workshops began with a warm-up activity in which the writer introduced herself and asked participants about their hopes and dreams after recounting how, a few years ago, she put aside her 20 years of financial career to pursue his childhood dream of writing a book.

Skolasajf students write their own story or poem during the workshops.

She then discussed with them one of the questions she is often asked as a writer: where do the ideas come from? Likening ideas to balloons that you have to catch before they fly away, she talked about the books she’s written and what inspired the main ideas behind them.

After discussing different ways to bring ideas to life and write authentic works based on personal experience, imagination and research, participants were encouraged to write their own story or poem. . Finally, they enjoyed sharing their creations with Borg, their teachers and each other.

Asked about her experience, Borg said, “Leading the Inizjamed The writing workshops were such a fun and rewarding experience. While I really enjoyed sharing my love and enthusiasm for writing and reading with children, my favorite part was when they put pen to paper themselves. It was great to see their eyes sparkle with joy and excitement as they drew inspiration, put their thoughts, ideas and experiences on paper, and then shared their work with each other. Some of the children’s work was impressive, so hopefully these workshops could inspire a future author.

Borg is one of eight writers invited to take part in the 17th edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival. His works include three original novels for young adults – Fittixni (Merlin Publishers, 2016) and Amine (Merlin Publishers, 2018), both of which received the National Book Award in their category, and (Ri)ġenerazzjoni (Merlin Publishers, 2018), winner of the Maltese Children’s Fiction Literary Competition.

Inizjamed would like to thank the Foundation for Educational Services, Ms. Deborah and Ms. Michela from the Mellieħa Center and Ms. Annemarie, Ms. Daniela and Ms. Shanice from the Mosta Center.

After two years of holding sessions online due to COVID restrictions, it was nice to get back to class.After two years of holding online sessions due to COVID restrictions, it was nice to get back to class.

About the party

The eight writers from different countries will come together to read and perform at the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival on Friday and Saturday in Fort St Elmo, Valletta.

This year’s edition will also feature music from the Velts, New Victorians and resident musician Effie Azzopardi and band. Books by guest writers and others will be on sale through Mallia & D’Amato while Healthylicious by Stef and Kixott will provide food and drink.

For tickets, log on to www.showshappening.com. For more information, visit www.inizjamed.org.

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