December saw the ninth IPAF Nadwa, or writers’ workshop, take place in Abu Dhabi. Over seven days, six promising young writers from across the Arab World participated in a workshop at the Arabian Nights Village, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region. The workshop was held in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), as part of the Foundation’s “Riwaq Al Adab wal Kitab” initiative.
Guided by mentors Mohammed Hasan Alwan and Sahar ElMougy, the writers were encouraged to meet daily to examine each other’s work and discuss broader subjects of literary interest.
Ranging from 32 to 40 years in age, the three female and three male writers came from six countries across the Arab world: Oman, Sudan, UAE, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Palestine.