On December 7, 2016, Group 21, Level 2 Foundation students at the English Language Centre (ELC), launched their creative writing anthology: Last Weekend was a Good Weekend to Come Back to Myself. The launch was attended by the teachers and the heads of the Centre.
The anthology has skits, poems (rather good), personal essays, imaginative takes, as well as one writing on critical thinking. A college is the place for critical ideas and a journal (in this case an anthology) is a good space to articulate such thought processes. The front cover photograph of Last Weekend is by Mohamed Al Siyabi, Group 21. The title, Last Weekend was a Good Weekend to Come Back to Myself, is Bushra Al Musallami’s, from Group 21. Art work has been by Jaifar Al Maashari of Group 21 and Khulood Al Busaidi, a level 4 student. Uly Andres, ETC photographer, took pictures and the writers were pleased as punch!
This group of writers has been quite special. They took charge of being editors of their own work. In the past, the task was wholly mine. It was a pleasure to see the writers pointing out glitches or sharpening an image. The group enjoyed words. Their vocabulary logs (part of their grade requirement) were insightful. They understood nuance and the vigor of words; this in turn, contributed to their craft. I call Group 21, “word-makers”. They have brought out a solid anthology.
Editor and Class Instructor