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Youth Literature Festival in August | Chennai News

: The idea is to encourage young people to write stories while helping them publish their books

CHENNAI: Dakshina Chitra will celebrate young writers from August 6 to September 3 at its Heritage Museum as part of its very first youth literature festival.
“Rough note—Literarily Yours” will also feature a series of literary lectures, panel discussions, workshops, theater and music.
“The idea is to encourage young minds to write stories while helping them get their books published,” says Lakshmi Thyagarajan, Senior Education Coordinator at Dakshina Chitra. “We are calling for submissions of fiction, non-fiction, prose and poetry in English and Tamil from children between the ages of seven and sixteen. We want to select the best among them, associate them with illustrators and publish the work in an anthology. The idea is to get kids to write for kids,” says Thyagarajan, adding that they are collaborating with Notion Press for the event.
Thyagarajan says while Dakshina Chitra will coordinate with schools, individuals can also submit their work. Chunks should be around 150 words for younger age groups and 350 for older groups. “We also hold workshops throughout the month for children to interact with writers, illustrators and storytellers,” she adds.
“Everyone is blessed with creativity. It’s an outlet to encourage that,” says the Tamil writer Yuma Vasukiwho is one of the members of the jury involved in the selection of the work for the anthology.
Dakshina Chitra is a living history museum, dedicated to the heritage and culture of South India. The museum was founded and is managed by the Madras Craft Foundation.

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