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Huda Hayek: Writing in Our Own Voice

Huda Hayek

Session Info:

We’ve always been taught to shy away from using ‘the personal’ too much in fiction story writing. But in this workshop, students will learn how to embrace their own backgrounds and experiences to create an ‘own voices’ story. 

My aim is for students to take pride in who they are, where they come from and their lived experiences. Using this method, as I did in the novel Huda and Me, can lead to powerful and original ideas and tales.

Students to explore:

  • Creating their own characters
  • Using themselves as a protagonist
  • Adding layers through drama and exaggeration
  • Drawing on real-life experiences to create a plot
  • Using (and embracing) their own backgrounds and unique differences to create an original story
  • Using action as a starting point to hook the reader

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