EIGHTEEN young women recently attended a writing training camp in Lilongwe courtesy of VoiceFlame, a US non-profit organisation that believes in writing as a perfect tool for change.
Chikondi Lunguzi Njawala, who was one of the facilitators during the writing camp, said the 18 young women learned a wide range of topics aimed at sharpening their writing skills.
She described the camp as important as the young women who gathered improved their writing skills, shared ideas and also learned about leadership.
“Through many discussions and writing exercises, the girls came to understand that they are leaders. They understood that they need to believe in and trust themselves, and be willing to learn from great role models from all walks of life,” Njawala said.
She said the young women were reminded of the importance of hard work and that they should always keep their heads up.
“We are grateful to VoiceFlame for the support towards this writing camp. Without a doubt, this experience will not only impact our girls positively and wholesomely, but many others in their circles,” she said.
Another facilitator, Lisa Borden said, the first obvious outcome during the camp was improved creative writing skills, something they achieved through what she described as multiple daily writing exercises that included immediate constructive feedback.
One of the participants, Cynthia Mtseka, said she had learnt a lot through the camp and that she will now write more.
“Through this platform I have learned that I am a leader and for me to become a good writer I have to realise that I am a leader, I don’t have to look down on myself,” Mtseka said.
She also said through the camp she has learnt about creativity.
“I was created by a creative God and He made me to be creative too, my hands can produce wonders if I let them and through writing I can tell stories,” Mtseka said.
VoiceFlame founder, Mary Tuchscherer, said she was happy that the camp went on successfully and that they were looking forward to holding more writing camps.
“As VoiceFlame we believe writing is a platform for people especially girls and women to tell their stories to the world,”Tuchscherer said.
She said her organisation is committed to literacy development as a way to empower women and eliminate discrimination.
VoiceFlame has in thepast published as book titled Ndakuwona whose subtitle is I See You With My Heart.
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