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Khmer writer group’s classes return after hiatus

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The Khmer Writers Association announced two new training seminars to be held later this year. SUPPLIED

Khmer writer group’s classes return after hiatus

The Khmer Writers Association will hold a 34th session of its training course in July of this year, with two separate classes and 40 students per class, after cancelling it for the past two years due to the pandemic.

“We will open two writer’s training courses, each of which can have up to 40 participants. The first class is from Monday to Thursday and the second class is held on Saturday and Sunday each week.

“Both courses start on or after July 4, 2022, at Rim Kin on the 1st floor of the Khmer Writers Association office located at Botumvatey Pagoda in Chaktomuk commune of Daun Penh district in Phnom Penh,” it said in an announcement.

“Each trainee needs to pass a test to qualify for the course. Candidates for the test must be trained in literary theory for at least 30 hours or four weeks before proceeding with their studies in either specialised course.

Those interested in enrolling must register prior to June 30 by contacting the association.

Its president Proeung Pranit said the association failed to hold two training courses in 2020 and 2021, but they have managed get the usual preparation by the association done in time to hold the 34th session in 2022.

The course will cover key topics including understanding the theories behind literature, art, composition, novels, poems, short stories and hymns as well as ethics for writers and authors, philosophy in writing, film script writing techniques, textology writing techniques and text and fable studies.

Participants must pay 100,000 riel per course and the entrance exam will be held on July 1-2, 2022.

“For the 34th generation of writing courses, there are a total of four courses and one course lasts one month. Participants can choose which courses they wish to study, but most importantly the trainees need to first pass the opening course, because this is the basic information required for moving on to other courses,” Pranit said.

Pranit said that students will find the learning environment at the association building much improved and far more comfortable than in past years.

“For this generation, we have enough teacher resources, teaching materials such as textbooks and lesson plans which have all been prepared in advance,” he said. “We’ve also upgraded the classrooms so they now have air-conditioning and we hope that this class of trainees will be happy with the course and will gain knowledge that they can use while working as writers or practicing the art of writing.”

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