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Duwah 'Ala a-Sur
Khalil Abu Khadija, founding member
052-540-6787

In 2011, the opportunities of talented young writers in Jerusalem to showcase their talents were extremely scarce. Their writings were limited to occasional presentations in front of prominent authors who may blithely give a quick feedback before putting the text aside.

The "inkwell" was the fruit of the meetings of a group of young writers who regularly participated in the symposium in the Palestinian National Theatre. They believed that the Palestinian community in Jerusalem, overwhelmed by hard work, effort and intensifying siege, barely had time for writing and the few activities in the city were usually capped off by empty slogans that hardly take into account the importance of nurturing the skills and talents of young writers.

Undeterred by such seemingly disparate conditions, the group of young people held their first constituent meeting on 28 March 2011.

 

Building, literature, independence and creativity

Ensuring the Palestinian community in Jerusalem is aware, educated, appreciates literature and creativity, and encourages young peole to improve their skills in this field.

 

The "Inkwell" will work as hard as possible to raise awareness on literature, encourage youngsters to refine their skills and provide them with the space to showcase their talent.

 

Activating the role of young writers in Jerusalem and helping them create a stage for themselves where they can also meet other young writers from their city.

Improving the creative skills of the youth in particular, and the community in general, and encouraging reading and writing among the younger generations.

Volunteer Opportunities:
  1. Activating the role of young writers in Jerusalem and helping them create a stage for themselves where they can also meet other young writers from their city. 
  2. Improving the creative skills of the youth in particular, and the community in general, and encouraging reading and writing among the younger generations. 
  3. Bridging the gap between generations through literature and spreading a passion for reading.
  4. Supporting greater creative interaction between Palestinian writers and between Palestinian and Arab writers and participating in literary festivals and activities.

 

Wish List:

Advertising for the literary events and mobilizing audience to attend them.

What We Have to Offer:
  1. Nurturing and refining young talents and encouraging them to write.
  2. Providing a free and independent platform for young writers and poets to showcase their creative works.
  3. Unorthodox literary activities, programmes and concerts.

 

Programmes and Projects
  1. Holding a monthly evening of literature each month in a different city. 
  2. Making these literary events interactive to draw a larger public.
  3. Holding discussions about a range of topics including the relation between literature and resistance.
  4. Publicising the Palestinian and Jerusalemite literature in the Arab world through holding concerts in different Arab countries and cities.
  5. Networking with musical bands and intellectuals and integrating them in the literary activities.