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Ins and Outs of Publishing

Our next meeting will feature a session on the ins and outs of the publishing industry by Bloomsbury plc manager, Kathy Rooney, PhD. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required, so feel free to invite guests, share widely, etc.

Sunday, March 22, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Building 1, theater 1
College of the North Atlantic, Qatar

Dr. Rooney has over twenty years of publishing experience, including four years in Bloomsbury's German company Berlin Verlag and is currently overseeing the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing. She has also managed many of the Bloomsbury information titles including the Encarta dictionary.


Writing for Televsion Workshop

Writing for Television with Giles Trendle*
Manager of Documentary and Features, AlJazeera English

Monday, February 23, 2009
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Advanced Writing Center
College of the North Atlantic, Qatar

*Giles Trendle is a documentary-maker and journalist specialising in the Middle East. He is currently based in Qatar working for Al Jazeera English.

Giles began his career in journalism in 1985 spending over ten years in Lebanon as a freelance journalist. He reported for, among others, The Economist and The Sunday Times. He covered the Lebanese civil war; the Western hostage saga; and the guerrilla war in south Lebanon.

He moved into television and over the years has made numerous documentaries - including films in Iraq both during and after Saddam's fall, as well as a film following former hostage John McCarthy's return to Beirut to meet Hezballah.


Poetry Workshop, Monday, February 9th

Our next meeting will be a poetry writing workshop led by Autumn Watts. Please see below for a brief description of what will be covered.
For directions or to RSVP please contact Paula Hayden, phayden41@gmail.com.
Monday, February 9, 2009
7:00 p.m.
CNA-Q Advanced Writing Center
This workshop will focus on poetry craft, particularly techniques for sharpening and distilling language, and breaking lines open. Participants will begin a new poem, or may work on a poem already in progress. 
Beginner and experienced writers of all levels welcome.

Next meeting, Monday, November 17

The next meeting for the DWW will be:
Poetry Workshop
Led by Deborah Somerville

Monday, November 17
6:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m.

College of the North Atlantic, Qatar
Learning Commons, Advanced Writing Center
Building 3
The workshop will review some basic poetry techniques and primarily engage participants in writing.
This evenet is free and open to the public.
For directions to CNA-Q please contact Paula Hayden, phayden41@gmail.com.

3rd Annual Write In

We're happy to announce that in conjunction with Carol Henderson's third visit to Qatar, the Doha Writers' Workshop will sponsor it's 3rd 'write -in' where community members join together for a half day of writing.

If you're not familiar with this format, it includes prompt writing, reading fresh material, and exposure to a variety of writing techniques and styles. Please see www.CarolHenderson.com for more information on Carol, her work, and her approach.

Saturday, October 25, 2008
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
(bring bag lunch)
College of the North Atlantic
Building 3, Learning Commons

Cost: 300 QR
Payable in cash on day of event
To reserve your spot, please RSVP to mohanalakshmi@hotmail.com.
Please circulate this notice widely to those for whom it might be of interest.

For what it's worth...


Two people are coming out of a building. A very badly burned building. The US Embassy in Kenya has just been bombed. Accidental? Arson? We don't know. Smoke fills the air and charred remains of a country's diplomatic headquarters can be found strewn about. Black soot masks the ground, as nearby edifices stand witness to the explosion. Who are the perpetrators, if any? Who are the victims? Black post-colonial bodies are dead and dying. Black post-colonial bodies hustle in a panic to find victims who are crushed, but whose hearts are still beating. The rubble heaves, as bodies breathe. Bin Laden claims responsibility! Anti-American sentiments are illustrated violently on these post-colonial bodies, the very bodies that lived through British invasion, imperialism and occupation. Post-colonial squared? 

Back in town and starting back up

Monday, October 6, 2008
Manuscript meeting
Al Fardan 2, Clubhouse
6:00 pm

The next DWW meeting will be a manuscript workshop during which the group will read a portion of a member's manuscript (prepared in advance) and then offer feedback. During these meetings we generally offer comments to help the author improve the work. Additionally, time permitting, a spontaneous prompt or two is offered to the group to generate new material. For more information or questions, please contact group moderator: Mohana at mohanalakshmi@hotmail.com.

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Open Mic Night This Week

In leiu of our March public reading, we'll have an informal open mic reading of works in progress or published material by writers of the workshop.

This Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the clubhouse in Al Samrya Gardens (near Decoration Roundabout and before Doha College).

If you'd like more information, please contact Mohana at mohanalakshmi@hotmail.com. The even is open to the public but you will need to get your name on the security list for the compound.

Both readers and listerners are welcome.

Feb. 14th, 2008

 The Doha Writers' Workshop
Public Reading Series

Writers Read

By Diana Woodcock
Assistant Professor, VCU-Qatar

By Marla Becking
Instructor, CNA-Qatar

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Building 1, Theatre 1
College of the North Atlantic, Qatar

For more information contact:

Public Reading Series: 2008

The Doha Writers’ Workshop
Reading Series

Writers Read

Losing Malcolm

Carol Henderson

Writer, teacher, coach, Carol Henderson will read from published work, works in progress, and talk about the craft of writing.

Learn more about Carol and her work at:

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Building 1, Theatre 1
College of the North Atlantic, Qatar

For more information contact:
mohanalakshmi[AT]hotmail.com or phayden[AT]cdli.ca





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