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In Pursuit of Writing Endeavors in Pakistan

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creative writer kausar bilalUnfortunately, there is not a single program in Pakistan on Creative Writing. We, in our student lives, mistakenly, used to assume that MA English offered English language, literature and Creative Writing skills. With the same attitude, I joined MSc Applied English linguistics, which appeared to be something very different, though it enriched my language skills. However, Literature analysis and Creative Writing were two different disciplines, though interlinked with each other, which was revealed upon me when I later attended workshops on Literature and Creative Writing by American Professors.

When I first started attending the workshop, I was stunned to know about the concepts of Fiction, Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction and extended genres came under these terms. It was a new morning, offering a complete paradigm shift in looking at happenings around me. I began to watch movies, read novels and poetry in entirely new light. Then online courses on coursera.org introduced the creative writing techniques in fiction and creative nonfiction that are required to match the international standards and make your way through international market provided you were interested. I was among the rare ones who were introduced to it, but what about the rest if the nation?

Unfortunately, in our country, all writers are self-made. They began writing depending upon their natural talent and interest in studies. A hat off to them, but it’s not fair. In this competitive professional world how can we deny the need of professional trainings? If no one can disagree with it, how can we exempt Creative Writing Programs from them?

There are certainly some reasons behind the scene:

We, as a nation, are unaware of the importance of Creative Writing, which gives us confidence and skill to voice ourselves forcefully in the world and enables us to be heard by the entire world. We don’t want other nations and/or cultures to misunderstand us or manipulate our regional incident against us. Rather, we want other political powers and countries to understand us in our own context and perspective.

It can provide us with platforms to look into our individual, social and national matters through research, which will lead towards solutions and awareness.

We need Reading and Writing Programs from the grass root levels so that our youngsters have strong foundations for their future literary and writing endeavors. Finally, when they reach college and university, they should be ready to make the most of their educational opportunities, which will result in having exceptional writers, thinkers and literature experts.

We are unaware and unsure of the professional scope of Creative Writing. Parents ask,

“Well, if you want to study Creative Writing, will you earn a respectable living through it?”

And, youngsters have no answers just because they don’t know about the Creative Writing job market. So, they end up compromising, opting for other careers, no matter how richly pregnant they are with writing talent. Thus, every year we waste, lose and disappoint a lot of gifted authors.

Creating awareness on the matter should be a part of Creative Writing Programs. Also, colleges and universities should provide internships as part of the program, so that students are introduced to various Creative Writing agencies and opportunities, along with their access to professional experiences.

Another issue is, we don’t have professional teachers to learn the skill. I suggest we should hire teachers from abroad in the beginning until we have our own students turning into writing teachers.

Once the program starts, hopefully, new Creative Writing opportunities will open up and our voice will be stronger enough to be noticed by the entire world.

 

About Kausar Bilal

I am a Trainer for Professional Writing. I conduct Writing workshops for Business Executives, Young Professionals, Academic Writers, College/University Students, Journalists, Advertisers, Corporate Content Writers and Nonfiction Writing Lovers. As a Corporate Writer and Social Change Agent, you may find my voice in diverse areas on this site. Your feedback and comments are most welcomed.

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10 comments

  1. Very informative and unique article on creative writing. you said very rightly that by learning creative writing techniques writers can develop a better approach to different concepts of creative writing .

  2. Thanks a lot Javed for stopping by and your kind words.

  3. Dear Huma, thanks for your mail. Kindly send me your email address so that we may discuss the matter. Or, please send me (Kausar Bilal) a friend request on fb.

  4. Assalam O alikum Kausar,
    Its interesting to read your blogs. For some time I had also been looking for Creative Writing Prog in Lahore, specially on Novel Writing.
    I had been ghost novelling for some time and all I learnt about handling the dragon of novel writing, I did it with my instincts, internet and my friends (who Love to read).
    I have outlined a program to start Novel Writing, but guess it won’t be required as SIr Naveed Alam (yes the same great man you had the pleasure of interviewing) has started the Creative Writing Course at FC as well as at Kinnaird.
    Would love to share the experiences with you!
    Regards,
    NaimaMinhas

  5. That’s the case was with me as I couldn’t find the right mix of quality and appropriate courses in Creative Writing and I done research on my own, thanks to internet which provides heap of important information and video links on Creative Writing. I am a writer myself, written 02 books, a novel and a blog without taking any regular course. Creative Writing is a blessing and a great way to express your inbound natural talent, feelings and emotions. I’ve managed to voice myself in a better and coordinated way. My blog readership has expanded to over 1600 readers around the globe. Unfortunately, in Pakistan very few people know the ‘core definition of creative writing.’

    • Thank you so much, Sajjad, for stopping by and commenting so generously and kindly. Yes, we are fortunate enough to be benefited by the computer and internet age; otherwise, we would have died longing for fulfilling our passions and desires, which hadn’t been nurtured in our own countries.
      I think, it is God’s way of blessing new places as you not only learnt Creative Writing using internet but also became the first drop of hope by starting teaching it.
      You’re truly an amazing person with a very impressive profile. Keep conquering the new mountains of success! 🙂
      I would recommend people to go through your website by clicking on your name.

  6. Hi

    I found your blog while looking for educational institutions in Pakistan offering something in creative writing. Ive emailed you at your gmail address regarding the same, let me know if you received it, thanks.

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