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World Storytelling Institute to organize creative writing and performance workshop for teenagers in Chennai
A "Creative Writing and Performance Workshop for Teenagers" is going to be organized for the first time in at Chetpet in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, on Sunday, July 23 by the World Storytelling Institute (WSI).

According to the trainer for the workshop and director of WSI, Dr Eric Miller, this is going to be a flavour workshop followed by a nine-session workshop for the willing participants sometime later.

Miller, a PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania who has taught courses on "Creative Writing" and the "Modern Short Story" at the IIT-Madras and several other colleges in Chennai and in his home town, New York City, writes in his workshop notes that some possible reasons to engage in creative writing are to discover, explore, and express one's thoughts and feelings.

According to him, creative writing provides the opportunity to experience a feel for accomplishment and achievement by externalising and shaping one's thoughts and feelings and the joy of being a creator.

The process of creative writing has the potential to 'increase one's senses of awareness of others' feelings, situations, and points of view, and one's compassion for others and it 'helps one improve one's ways of handling, and working with, other people', holds Miller.

Story-making and story-presenting can be a powerful form of persuasion - showing positive examples of behaviour (for readers to follow), and negative examples (for readers to avoid), he informs through his concept note.

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