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Saturday 8 June: Bashir Sakhawarz: Poetry in Memoir

  • 08 Jun 2024
  • 10:30 - 16:30
  • Maison Internationale des Associations, rue des Savoises 15, 1205 Geneva


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The GWG Presents:




Where: Maison Internationale des Associations, rue des Savoises 15, 1205 Geneva. Room Steve Biko

Time:   10:30-16:30

10:30 - 13:00 Workshop    |    14:00 - 16:30 Critiquing session

MORNING SESSION: 10:30 - 13:00

Workshop: Poetry in Memoir

In this workshop, we explore the ways to find a memoir in you. Some people seem to be born with an innate ability to come up with innovative and imaginative ideas. They may have a natural inclination towards artistic expression, problem-solving, or thinking outside the box. Others can develop such ability by practicing. The workshop expands on the ways you can become a memoir writer, including finding your authentic voice and using poetic techniques in your writing to help transport the reader.

Bashir will read from his latest work at the end of the morning session. 

AFTERNOON SESSION: 14:00 - 16:30

Critiquing - 8 participants maximum

The afternoon will be a critiquing session for eight participants. Pieces are limited to 1400 words of prose. They can be sent to Bashir in advance via GWG or they can be presented on the day. Please email us separately (genevawriters@gmail.com) if you would like to have your work critiqued.


Bashir Sakhawarz is an award-winning Afghan poet and novelist. His first poetry collection was awarded first prize for New Poetry by the Afghan Writers’ Association in 1978. Since then, he has published seven books in Persian and English. His latest novel Maargir The Snake Charmer was long-listed for the 2013 Economist Crossword Book Award. He won the 2015 Geneva Writers Group Literary Prize for Fiction. His memoir Escaping from Kabul was published by Pen and Sword Books in August 2023. A second memoir about an Afghan soldier fighting the Taliban, will be published in 2024. Bashir worked for the BBC, UN, International Red Cross, NGOs and governmental organizations in Africa, Asia, America and Europe for more than 30 years.  

For any queries, please contact us at:  genevawriters@gmail.com

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