On the intricacies of writing for children

Children’s literature camp for budding writers concludes

It seems to be the simplest form of writing, as it is meant for children. But those who have attempted children’s literature will admit that it is one of the hardest genres to write.

Yuvasargam 2019, a two-day camp for writers organised by the Kerala State Institute for Children’s Literature in Kozhikode, was an attempt to provide guidance to budding writers in Malayalam. The camp, which began on Saturday, saw around 50 writers in the 21 to 45 age group from north Kerala attempting their hands in the genre.

The camp was one of the three organised by the institute in three zones in the State. The north zone camp organised at the Youth Hostel here was opened by writer U.K. Kumaran and had sessions by well-known writers in children's literature.

Thunchan Memorial secretary K. Sreekumar spoke on the latest trends in children’s literature while science writer Papputty spoke on science writing for children. Writer and counsellor N.P. Hafis Mohammed spoke on writing fiction for children while writer B.M. Zuhra interacted with participants.

The participants got a chance to put to practice the lessons they learnt at the camp in the form of a short piece that they submitted to the institute. “The suitable works will be published in Thaliru magazine published by the institute,” said Gayathri Devi J.A., editorial assistant at the institute, who was in charge of the north zone camp.

Institute director Palliyara Sreedharan and member Payyannur Kunhiraman led the camp.

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