Bangladesh’s Episcopal Commission for Youth and Christian Communication Centre (CCC) jointly organized the 29th National Christian Writer's Workshop at RNDM Renewal Centre, Mohammadpur in Dhaka, on February 17-19.
The workshop encouraged the younger generation to develop writing skills to communicate to a larger audience. The workshop focused on youth involvement in Church’s communication ministry, traditional print modes, and online publications.
Around 52 representatives from dioceses across Bangladesh participated in the event, including those interested in writing for newspapers.
Father Bikash Rebeiro, the executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission for Youth, said that the workshop’s purpose was to encourage the young generation to develop their writing skill.
The priest talked about creative writing used for entertainment, information, or persuasion to convey strong emotions. The priest says that a good starting point for youth is learning about the author’s purpose of writing without losing the objectives to persuade, inform, and entertain.
Sanjay Dey, Head of Digital Media, Independent Television, in Bangladesh, gave a presentation on how to write news, reports, spot reports and feature stories, even for a television channel.
Archbishop of Dhaka Bejoy N. D’Cruze said, "Be a good Catholic youth writer in the society, family, and country by your positive thinking and writing the true news and you will make a good example for others.
Archbishop Bejoy N. D’Cruze gave some inspiring remarks on media workers. The prelate talked about a good writer’s qualities, ideals, and values .
Father Patrick S. Gomes spoke about Christian literature and Christian translation. He also shared the Bengali translation of the Holy Bible.
The participants felt confident to cover parish news and religious stories.
"We learned many things in this workshop, especially the technique and good style of writing, and I hope so that I can develop my writing after this program," said Tusar Biswas, a participant.
Maria Gomes from Dhaka hopes to apply what she learned in the three-day program to serve the church.
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