‘Pakistan Has A Very Vibrant Underground Writing Culture’
“Pakistan has a very vibrant underground writing culture and we not only wish to provide the platform to our creative pool of budding writers but also aim to change the mindset towards writing from a hobby and art to it being seen as an industry,” said Nida Usman, the founder of Lahore Education and Research Network.
She said there was so much potential that could be explored and they were working hard with stakeholders on a multidimensional basis to make them understand and see value in supporting and promoting the authors and their exceptional work.
She was speaking at ‘Writers Meet and Greet’ organised in connection with the campaign Rethinking Writing As Industry.
Various budding creative writers, poets, dramatists and other literary figures participated in the session and presented their work in both Urdu and English.
Of the young writers participating in the event, the youngest Mahnaz Mir is only 13 years old and is awaiting release of her first novel by Rupa Publishers in December this year.
Other young writers who presented their work in the session included Komal Bhatti, Abdul Wahab, Abdullah Kassar, Mumtaz Mir, Rabeea Hayat, Mariam Saeed Khan, Muaaz Hameed and Aisha Hamid.
The session was aimed at connecting young writers within the literary circles and sharing opportunities with them in order to promote them as writers.