Writers Groups in the United Arab Emirates
The last couple of years have been good for writers in the UAE. We saw two writers' clubs being formed: the Dubai Writers Group on Meetup.com (DWG) and the International Literary Society of Dubai (ILSD).
I am a member of both.
The DWG has an active message board on Meetup.com and as of today, 292 members. A group 'meetup' is held every month at a convenient venue in Dubai. A book club is also active. I have attended quite a few meetings. The turnout is international - all expats.
I have not been able to see the member list of the ILSD (the initials somehow remind me of Jim Morrison of the Doors) on their website. The ILSD also organises events where writers can meet - a Literary Soirée is what such an event is called.
Both groups had organised their first writing contests last year. The results of DWG's writing contest are yet to be announced. The results of the ILSD's first writing competition have been announced and tomorrow, that is 17 February 2006, the ILSD is organising a public reading of the entries by the top 25 winners, many of whom are also members of the Dubai Writers Group.
I'd love to listen to the winning entries and meet up with writers. If I do manage to attend the reading, you can look forward to savouring the juicy details on this blog.
No, I didn't participate in the contests. Why give Dubai writers such tough competition, I thought (evil smile with flashing tooth). But I hope to, next time around. Insha Allah.