Kitabat alkitabah/Writers on Writing

"Creative writing workshops are new for us in the Arab world. So is this book. For the first time, Lebanese and Arab writers bring to light secrets of their craft and talk about details and backgrounds of their creative experiences. Usually writers create, while leaving others to search for the art hidden in their work.  This book asks the writers themselves to explain their art.  In doing so, they teach the art of creative writing and reveal the secrets of creativity.  A text written by a writer about his or her creative writing is “creativity” itself in a different way. Reading writers’ texts about their writings helps to know them better as writers and also as people. In this way we meet them as people, after we met them as 'books'.

"This book is a result of the experiences of seven writers (two poets and five novelists) who themselves volunteered to lead us through the methods of their work and to the ways of creating literature in general."

--back cover text of Kitabat alkitabah (Writers on Writing), translated from the Arabic by Iman Humaydan

The following essays from Kitabat alkitabah (Beirut: ARRAWI Publishing, 2010) are presented below. For information on how to purchase the book, e-mail alrawi2012[at]


Kitabat alkitabah book cover

Happening Now

  • To mark PEN International’s centennial, Words Without Borders has published a sampler of works by writers committed to freedom of expression. Algerian novelist and scholar Med MAGANI is among them.

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

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