Creative writing session conducted at Tetso College

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/12/2020 9:09:23 AM IST

Tetso College in collaboration with DOT talks conducted a session on writing for Tetso students titled “memory, nostalgia and orality in creative writing” with assistant professor in English, St. John College and writer Inakali Assumi on March 12 at the college auditorium.

A press release from the college stated that, while quoting Dr. Kevizonuo Kuolie’s comments on the book, Assumi highlighted that her book, “the yellow dress” encompasses stories “from childhood to old age, from comic to tragic plots, from light to darker themes” and asserted that the characters in the book were very dear to her.

Inakali, who is currently pursuing a PhD from Nagaland University shared that she mainly draws inspiration from memories, dreams and imagination in her process of writing. “Memories play a crucial role in our lives and are the storehouses of all the good and bad days we have seen and experienced,” she stated, adding that memories are potential stories which we often choose to keep to ourselves and intrigues us to think about the past with a sense of nostalgia. 

She opined that memory and orality were interconnected especially in the Naga context which was why Nagas feel at home when they hear folktales or listen to folksongs. She challenged the audience to utilise the oral form of storytelling into writing which has been passed down from our forefathers in order “to preserve what is almost on the verge of being lost and forgotten.” This she said was imperative to let the world know about the Naga way of life and culture through writing.

Further, she maintained that creative writing should come from within the person and was something which cannot be forced upon. While encouraging the students to read as much as possible, Assumi expressed optimism that the younger generation has taken a liking to reading. “The more we read, the more we grow,” she maintained.

Meanwhile, an interaction was also held where the writer answered queries from students.

It may be noted that Assumi’s debut book titled “potpourri poesy”, which she co-authored with Soyimla Akum, was published in 2018 by Cyberwit publications. She also wrote, “the yellow dress” which was published by Pen Thrill publications on February, 2020.

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