The international best-selling British writer of crime fiction, Peter James, visited The City School International Pvt – Sharjah (TCSI) on 8th March- a privilege given to the school for the first time in connection with The 2018 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.
Select secondary students, English teachers and members of the administration and staff were among the audience in the 3-hour educational session spearheaded by Ms. Saima Rauf. Young scribes whose passion for writing is impressive took advantage of the opportunity to gain many strategies and to feel motivated in putting their ideas on paper.
As one of the macro-skills in language learning and teaching, writing plays a significant role in developing one’s interest in reading and listening and speaking. These four form a synergy which advances the truth that a combination of skills creates a greater impact than the total effect gained from each skill utilised separately. Peter James mentioned, “There is no fixed rule to be a writer, but you cannot be successful if you cannot grab the attention of the reader.” In any endeavor, realising the interest of those who would benefit from your service gives value to what you are doing. James advised to focus on the introduction and conclusion of any literary piece as the former hooks readers’ attention and the latter leaves a vestige of the significance of the masterpiece.
His mantra “Less is More” gives a vivid understanding of the avoidance of overcomplicating ideas and plans. The probability of completing one’s work successfully relies on simple planning as “simple gets done”.
James further emphasized, in writing, the connection between the readers and the characters in the story contributes immensely to the motivation they need to finish the material no matter how long. He, therefore, shared several techniques in order to achieve such goal: create a vivid picture with words, allow your words to create an image in the minds of the reader; focus on using all the five senses by showing not merely telling; avoid writing long sentences, punctuate to guide reader in reading with ease; connect with the emotion of the reader and learn to surprise yourself, only then you will be able to surprise your readers among others.
Students and teachers enthusiastically participated in the open forum by asking well-thought-out questions and were delighted to hear the detailed and matter-of-fact response from the renowned author. The event ended with an autograph/a book signing and photo opportunity with the author.
TCSI management is very much grateful to the organizers of this worthwhile event. Celebrating a decade of fruitful service in the realm of education, the 10th edition of the Festival of Literature was proven to be the most exciting.