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The National Peace Council, in conjunction with the internationally renowned Sri Lankan author, Shyam Selvadurai, is inviting new and emerging writers to apply to Write to Reconcile—a creative writing project that brings together Sri Lankan writers from Sri Lanka and the diaspora who are interested in writing creative pieces (fiction, memoir or poetry) on the issues of conflict, peace, reconciliation, trauma and memory, as they relate to Sri Lanka’s civil war and the postwar period.

The project will be conducted in English. It will consist of an eight day residential creative writing workshop that will take place March 29th – April 5th 2014 and two creative writing online forums, which will take place between mid- April and June 2014. This will be followed by the publication of the participants’ work in an anthology at a book launch in February 2015. The project is open to all applicants who have Sri Lankan or dual citizenship or who are from the diaspora with at least one parent who is of Sri Lankan origin. Participants must be between ages 18-29 or be secondary school and university teachers of any age who live and work in Sri Lanka and are citizens or dual citizens of the country. Write to Reconcile will cover all expenses of participants. Entry into Write to Reconcile is competitive and only 24 participants will be selected.

Write to Reconcile was inaugurated in December of 2012 by Shyam Selvadurai. The first year of the project brought together 23 emerging Sri Lankan writers. The work produced by these writers was published in the Write to Reconcile Anthology, launched in September 2013. Two thousand copies of the anthology were mailed to libraries and schools across the country and a downloadable version is available as well at www.writetoreconcile.com. The project, which was funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the American Centre, was so successful, that it is to take place for a second time in 2014. The mandate of the project has been broadened to include members of the Sri Lankan diaspora as well.



Speaking about the project, Shyam Selvadurai said, "I am very pleased to be doing Write to Reconcile again. The stories and poetry developed in the first year of the project were wonderful and I fully expect that the work coming out of this second year will be just as important and interesting. Creative work has a lot to contribute in a post-war Sri Lanka. It helps us understand each other, heal wounds and move on."

For more information on the project and how to apply go to www.writetoreconcile.com. Or email for an application at writetoreconcile@gmail.com. The deadline to submit an application is February 21st 2014. First 15 successful applicants will receive an autographed copy of Shyam Selvadurai's new novel The Hungry Ghosts.



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