Dubai International Program for Writing Concludes Translation and Short Story Workshops

  • 25 Jul 2019
  • Dubai

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) has concluded the third Translation and Short Story workshops in Dubai under the Dubai International Program for Writing (DIPW), which seeks to train and empower generations of Arab talents in all fields of writing and literature.

The Translation workshop was conducted by Trainer Kamel Yousef and brought together nine trainees. The session discussed the projects proposed by participants and highlighted the role of translation as a distinguished knowledge discipline. Attendees explored the challenges that face a translator, and were introduced to the methods for translating specialist material.

Meanwhile, the Short Story workshop drew in 11 trainees and was conducted by trainer Eslam Abo Shkir. The workshop took place over the course of four months and discussed various concepts, such as drama in art and literature, the difference between a story and a novel, in addition to creating characters in stories and outlining their features.

MBRF’s CEO His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb said: “Developing the skillsets and talents of young Arabs is one of our most important goals at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation. With the Dubai International Program for Writing, the Foundation has so far trained more than 100 Arab writers and novelists in all fields. We are proud of the results, as most of the works produced by participants are now available in libraries, with some even topping best-seller lists and winning prestigious awards, such as the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, the Al Owais Award for Creativity, the Emirates Novel Award, and some of the best-selling lists on the market.”

“Many factors have contributed to the success of the Dubai International Program for Writing and its objectives,” H.E. explained. “Highly qualified trainers were enlisted to conduct comprehensive and intensive programs to train participants on writing methods and skills. Furthermore, the Program helped participants print and publish their works, and showcase them either in Dubai Digital Library or exhibitions and libraries around the world. We invite all talented Arab writers to join the Program’s workshops and refine their talent.”

At the conclusion of the workshops, H.E. bin Huwaireb honoured the participants in the Short Story workshop, along with the trainer Eslam Abo Shkir