A group of Friends created a workshop / Workshop
We did not start from scratch, we started from the love and individual capabilities of each member of the team; from success and failure in our professional and personal experiences, in the cultural field and artistic work. The need for an incubator that connects our dreams of creating children’s books and working to consolidate creative artistic concepts and to deliver them to individuals wherever they are, prompted us to volunteer our time, capabilities and expertise to create a workshop that does not stop working, does not calm down, and does not rest in order to feel superiority and reach the optimum.

We were an initiative and after a while we registered an association and we could soon soar in the sky.
Writing, Drawing, Design, Drama and Journalism
The text is the basis of our work, but it needs context. The text needs an artistic vision that is able to transfer it to other artistic spaces. Design combines text and drawing, drama provides sounds, and the press makes it accessible.

However, can a book remain on the shelf? Stories must be read, so we read stories to children

And stories must be thought out, so we offer exercises in creative writing, creative thinking, and more.
Children, Mothers, Teachers, Fathers, Men, Institutions....
We work with everyone who is interested in writing - children, teachers, parents and institutions. Although our focus in production is on children, because working with the child means working with the family, the school and the community.

For children, we provide resources and stories that encourage reading, writing, creativity and thinking without setting limits and controls, within an artistic template, which allows all this without sensitivities. We offer specialized courses and residencies in literature and the arts for interested writers in the beginning stages. In addition, we open free spaces for the experienced ones to produce their works within our artistic and administrative vision. We also provide consulting services for the production of content to the public, for institutions and those interested.
Our Principles
We believe that there is a book in the library for every one of us, and we have to find it. When we find it we will feel that we are not alone or perhaps lonely but more beautifully so. We believe in the importance of freedom in the production of arts, storytelling and relationships. We believe that the artist is different and has artistic visions that may not be compatible with others’ opinions and what they agreed upon.

From here comes creativity, and we believe that art is for everyone and that it cannot be monopolized by a particular group. It does not matter what your work or scientific level is. You have the right to be exposed to good art, to read books that respect your mind, and to be exposed to works of art that develop your aesthetic and cognitive taste.
Who we are
The Palestine Writing Association was established in the year 2009 in the city of Ramallah, with the aim of supporting and developing writing, literary reading and arts in the community, by implementing programs aimed at developing the capabilities of both male and female writers and artists through providing free spaces for them to work directly with the community, and to encourage reading among different groups of society. Initially, the workshop was an initiative of the Palestine Festival for Literature, founded by Ms. Morgan Cooper at Birzeit University. It later turned into an independent initiative, until it was officially registered in 2016 under the name of the Palestine Writing Workshop at the Palestinian Ministry of Interior
Who we are
The workshop implements projects directed at children and adolescents in particular, and writers and stakeholders in general. The projects celebrate literature and the arts as a primary method of stimulating decent living and an understanding of reality, self-esteem and heritage, while upholding positive values far from consumerism and a narrow outlook. The workshop works with different groups, from children in remote villages, refugee camps and cities, to working with leading international writers
Our Vision
We work to bring happiness into people's lives through arts and literature.

Our Goals


Supporting and developing literary writing and the cultural scene in Palestine.

Encouraging culture among different groups of society.
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Programs

Who we are

Core Staff

Maya Abu Al Hayat

General Manager

Anas Abu Rahma

Program Manager

Yara Bamieh

Artistic Director

Board Of Directors

Sa'ad Arrouri

Chairman

Farah Barham

Vice Chairman

Rami Salameh

Treasurer 

Bilal Khatib

Secretary

Samir Hleli

Board Member

Bedar Salem

Board Member

Mohammad Terawi

Board Member

The Reading Program

This program works to establish core reading clubs in the community, aiming to encourage the habit of reading, and to develop critical skills and love of books. We implement a range of projects and activities, including:

Reading Aloud – Training for Moms

An hour with stories – story readings for children in cultural centers and schools for young children

Establishing small libraries – in homes and schools

Formation of reading clubs in schools  for young men and women

Critical reading workshops in schools for boys and girls

The Production and Resource Program

The association publishes four works annually, which are directly related to its general principles of encouraging reading and writing, including:

Publishing children’s stories

Preparation of artistic philosophical resources

Art brochures

Various creative writing activities (novel, poetry, theater)

The Friendly Spaces Program

The program aims to support and assist artists, writers and small initiatives to implement their activities in a friendly environment:

Develop a support network of local and international artists in order to achieve the highest percentage of access to Palestinian works.

Support young writers and artists by providing logistical and communication services for their projects.

Building cultural partnerships with the community

Writing Programs

We believe that writing is a way of thinking, so at the association we implement a set of projects and activities that aim to develop literary writing that disseminates knowledge and beauty. We hold Creative writing courses for beginners and we develop the cognitive and aesthetic discourse in cultural work – institutions, self-expression, drawing and writing stories for children and adolescents. We hold Psychological Relief sessions through writing – for abused and marginalized groups. In addition there is the “Songs and Dramas” – Turning Stories into Singing Spaces program and The electronic platform – which provides remote training in various fields of arts and literature.