With the aim of developing students' talents in the field of short story writing, the National Union of Syrian Students, in cooperation with the Arab Writers Union, launched today a workshop, with the participation of students from various faculties and specialists in the field of literature, at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Damascus University.

Engineer Omar Al-Jabai, member of the Executive Office of the National Union of Syrian Students and head of the Culture and Arts Office, explained in a statement to SANA correspondent that the workshop comes within the activities of the Culture and Arts Office in the Union, to support student talents who have made distinguished participations in previous literary festivals in the arts of story, thought, poetry and prose, indicating that the aim of the workshop is to achieve integration in the arts of literary writing, and to support and encourage distinguished students.

According to Al-Jabai, the workshop will last 8 days, and similar workshops will be implemented in various Syrian universities, pointing out that a number of students have submitted previous participations to the Union, which have so far reached 250 participations in various literary arts, and these participations are still continuing to be submitted to the branches of the Union in the governorates, where the distinguished ones will be collected in a book printed within the publications of the Arab Writers Union, and a ceremony will be held to honor the owners of the distinguished participations.

Storyteller and novelist Ayman Al-Hassan, secretary of the Damascus branch of the Arab Writers Union and a trainer in the workshop, pointed out that writing in the field of literature starts from the hobby, then talent is refined to develop with experience and knowledge, stressing that there are distinguished talents among the participants in the workshop that can be invested and developed.

Student Muhammad Farhoud, a student of the English Language Department, pointed out the importance of participating in the workshop, and the qualitative axes it contains that contribute to increasing knowledge and stimulating creativity, while student Hiam Ainia from the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty saw that any talent needs to be refined, trained and exchanged experiences between different age groups, and learning new arts in writing during training workshops through specialized writers and intellectuals.

Helena Alhindi and Rehab Ali

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