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Writing - Making Hearts Connects, Touches Your Souls And Self Review

By : Ratna Wilis Haryati Mustapa

I remembered back in 2006, I was watching the television and an advertisement was on the screen. It’s about a family having dinner. A family unit consist of the father, his daughter and his son in law, and their two children. The father is having some health problem and his daughter takes him in to live with them until he is well again. Problem arises as the father has no control over his movement. Meals always seems to be a messy affair. Though the father can hear the complaints and the negative comment from his daughter and son in law, he choose to keep it inside and be silent about it.

I watched this advert and I can feel the emotion shown through it. I saw my father in the fathers’ character. How he gradually losses his sight due to diabetes, how he complains about me for being the strict nurse when I have to give him his insulin shots.  I saw myself as a daughter that does not want to understand and accept that the father needs love, care and attention. The time that I finally realize that I will lose my father someday is when I saw his eyes staring out to something he can only see as a blur. That 2006 advertisement really bore down deep in my mind.

Imaging having the ability to write, to be able to connect with the readers. To be able to touch their hearts and change their perception. Be it in expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative form, it still works. Wouldn’t that awesome. There are people out there that wants to write and share their experience with others. Some says writing is a therapy and some says that writing helps them to stay in focus on what is important in their lives. Writing makes your hearts connects, touches your souls and review yourself.

Writing also needs practice and tuning. Tuning gives more impact on your writing, ideas, and your style of writing. With the increasing needs to be online, good writing ethic should be practice by all users. With that in mind, Perpustakaan Universiti Malaysia Pahang will be conducting a workshop, Bengkel Penulisan Buku & Media Sosial on the 30th October 2018. The workshop will be held at Makmal Komputer, Perpustakaan, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Pekan. The one day workshop will be facilitated by En. Muhammad Hamka bin Embong or also known as Hamka Keretamayat. A qualified Vocational Training Officer in UMP, En. Muhammad Hamka involves in writing and has written 10 books since 2012 on various topics.

En. Muhammad Hamka is also an active blogger at 2006, a motivational speaker and conducts Creative Writing Workshop in Selangor, Kuala Terengganu and Pahang. Two of his bestselling books are ‘Kisah Laki Bini (2017) publish by Karangkraf and ‘Semusim di Neraka’ (2015) published by Terbitan Terfakta Media.

The initial participant was 30 but has reached its maximum which is 60 participant. Due to the request from internal and external organization, the organizer is planning a 2nd series of the workshop for any interested party soon. Hopefully, this workshop will produce more creative and ethical writers in the future. Why do we need to know more about ourselves, how to write, what to write, what the readers want and good writing ethic, all this will be shared on 30th October 2018.

I wish I could learn all these earlier. I wish I know how he feels, I wish I could learn how to convey my emotion clearly. I wish I could write better and I know there is so much more that I could learn. I could only wish that my father was able to read what I wrote today. My father was a teacher and he loves to read. His books collection will always reminds me of him and his passion for reading. If he is still here today, he will proudly read whatever I wrote.

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