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Write to Reconcile Call for Submissions by 21st February 2014

Jaffna workshop of Write to Reconcile
jaffna workshop of Write to Reconcile
National Peace Council, in conjunction with the internationally renowned Sri
Lankan author, Shyam Selvadurai, is inviting new and emerging writers to apply
toWrite to Reconcile—a creative writing
project that brings together Sri Lankan writers from Sri Lanka and the diaspora
who are interested in writing creative pieces (fiction, memoir or poetry) on
the issues of conflict, peace, reconciliation, trauma and memory, as they
relate to Sri Lanka’s civil war and the postwar period.
Write to
e was inaugurated in December of 2012 by Shyam Selvadurai. The first
year of the project brought together 23 emerging Sri Lankan writers. The work
produced by these writers was published in the Write to Reconcile Anthology, launched in September 2013.

thousand copies of the anthology were mailed to libraries and schools across
the country and a downloadable version is available as well at
www.writetoreconcile.com. The project, which was funded by the Royal Norwegian
Embassy and the American Centre, was so successful, that it is to take place
for a second time in 2014. The mandate of the project has been broadened to
include members of the Sri Lankan diaspora as well.

project will be conducted in English. It will consist of an eight
day residential creative writing workshop that will take place March 29th –
April 5th 2014 and two creative writing online forums, which will take place
between mid-April and June 2014. This will be followed by the publication of
the participants’ work in an anthology at a book launch in February 2015. The
project is open to all applicants who have Sri Lankan or dual citizenship or
who are from the diaspora with at least one
parent who is of Sri Lankan origin. Participants must be between ages 18-29 or be secondary
school and university teachers of any age who live and work in Sri Lanka and
are citizens or dual citizens of the country. Write to Reconcile will cover all expenses of participants. Entry
into Write to Reconcile is
competitive and only 24 participants will be selected.
about the project, Shyam Selvadurai said, “I am very pleased to be doing Write to Reconcile
again. The stories and poetry developed in the first year of the project were
wonderful and I fully expect that the work coming out of this second year will
be just as important and interesting. Creative work has a lot to contribute in
a post-war Sri Lanka. It helps us understand each other, heal wounds and move
about the National Peace Council’s participation in the project,
Dr.JehanPerera, the Executive Director said,“Although possibilities of travel
and engagement across provinces and communities have increased since the end of
the war, polarisation between those of different communities still remains
strong. Shyam Selvadurai’s previous work with writers of different
ethnicities shows that he is able to help them overcome the insularity that
comes from absence of engagement with those who are from another community.”
Speaking of their sponsorship of the project, for the
second time, the Ambassador Grete Løchen of
the Royal Norwegian Embassy said, “The power of the written word, be it fiction, poetry or creative
non-fiction, carries great potential to reconnect people and heal the
wounds of war by providing readers with access to the different points of
views, norms, political and religious beliefs of the various communities.”
Expressing his pleasure at also sponsoring the project again Christopher Teal, head
of the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs office said, “The
American Center is pleased to partner once again on Write to Reconcile.
We hope this second edition will be as effective in creating a dialogue among
ethnic and religious communities as was the first.”

more information on the project and how to apply go to www.writetoreconcile.com.
email for an application at writetoreconcile@gmail.com. The deadline to submit an
application is February 21st2014. First 15 successful applicants will receive an autographed copy of
Shyam Selvadurai’s new novel The Hungry

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