Children’s Picture Book Writing Workshop at Pokhara
June 13, 2014 | Pokhara
Acknowledging the dearth of Children’s book in Nepali language, OLE Nepal has been organizing workshops in various places of Nepal. The local experienced writers were facilitated by the experts on Children’s literature and resource persons in order to achieve the goal to create children’s book on topics relative to children. Articles and writings created and collected during the workshops were illustrated and edited and later will be uploaded in OLE Nepal’s E-Pustakalaya, whereafter the readers will be able to freely access them either via online or offline connection.
In the same context, OLE Nepal organized a workshop on Writing Picture Book for Children on 13th and 14th of June in Pokhara. A total of nineteen writers attended the workshop, among them renowned linguists Prof. Dr. Chudamani Bandhu, Dr. Dhruva Ghimire, Prof. Dr. Kapil Lamichhane facilitated the event. Prof. Dr. Chudamani Bandhu, who is also E-Pustakalaya Advisor, enlightened the need of reading materials in order to develop the reading culture in Nepal. For such culture to develop, suitable reading materials have to be published in Nepali and should be made easily accessible. Later Prof. Dr. Kapil Lamichhane introduced the philosophy on children’s story writing and its dimensions. Similarly, Dr. Dhruva Ghimire discussed about the key elements and techniques for Children’s picture book writing, that could be read to children of age three to five.
In the second session, picture books of the participants were presented, group discussions the books was organized and feedbacks for improvement was given by the participants. After group discussions, feedbacks, directions and advices from the resource person, the self-encouraged writings were further enhanced. Twenty different improved picture-books in both poetic and prose forms were collected in the workshop. Some of the participants were keenly writing more stories which they said were eager to publish on E-pustakalaya. All the participants were requested to submit their previously published books in order to make their books accessible to wider range of readers. Thirty-two books of different writers were collected in the workshop which will be released as ebooks in E-pustakalaya very soon.