Breaking the Stereotype 2010 – The Creative Writing Workshop by Oskar Terš
Participation free of charge
Special guest: Gani Oktay Arbak
Number of participants per workshop: min. 5, max. 25 (Please, register for
the workshop of your choice on firstname.lastname@example.org by 17 April 2010 latest and cc your mail to email@example.com)
Workshop 1 (date: 17 - 21 May, 2010); location: Austrian Library at the Austrian St. George’s High School (Österreichbibliothek am Österreichischen St. Georgskolleg), Kart Çınar Sok. 2, Karaköy - İstanbul cancelled
Workshop 2 (date: 24 - 28 May, 2010); location: Austrian Library at the Austrian St. George’s High School (Österreichbibliothek am Österreichischen St. Georgskolleg), Kart Çınar Sok. 2, Karaköy – İstanbul cancelled
Workshop 3 (date: 31 May – 4 June, 2010); location: Austrian Library at the Austrian St. George’s High School (Österreichbibliothek am Österreichischen St. Georgskolleg), Kart Çınar Sok. 2, Karaköy - İstanbul still open for registration
The 3 creative writing workshops “Breaking the Stereotype 2010” will last for five days each and will invite non-professional writers to reflect on specific topics linked to stereotypes including those existing between the Orient and the Occident creatively in German and also translate their texts into Turkish.
The workshops will make use of a variety of techniques and games. Using easily accessible language these courses will focus on characteristics of a wide range of similarities and/or differences in terms of history, culture and society. The course will also highlight different writing techniques and how to profit from them.
All workshop participants will be free concerning what and how to write. There will be no boundaries in conception and implementation of the texts. The products may be poems and novels as well as short stories, essays or even diary entries or E-Mail conversations. It is most important, that the participants feel free to articulate their feelings and ideas without being anxious of their ability to write or their command of language.
At the end of the workshop the authors will present their compositions publicly, and the texts will be included interactively in the exhibition “Breaking the Stereotype 2010. From Orient and Occident to a Mutual Understanding of Images”.
The Austrian St. George’s High School and the Austrian Culture Forum Istanbul are active partners in the workshop.
Oskar Terš works for the Vienna based “Literatur- und Theaterwerkstätte”. He organizes and teaches workshops in the fields of theatre and literature worldwide. He has studied German and History at the Universities of Vienna, Berlin and Colmar. He has worked as an Austrian exchange lecturer at the University of Tuzla, Bosnia/Herzegovina where he has also organized reading tours of writers from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy (Juli Zeh, Daniel Kehlmann, Norbert Gstrein or Thomas Hettche) through former Yugoslavia. He founded the Theatre company “Ars Vivendi”, which performed the premiere of the play “Freitag in Sarajevo” (written by the Austrian writer Richard Schuberth). “Ars Vivendi” also went on tour to Latvia, Hungary, Croatia and Austria to perform modern plays of German speaking writers.