Ghassan Kanafani, "The Pen and the Gun": Creative Writing Workshop

Ghassan Kanafani, "The Pen and the Gun": Creative Writing Workshop

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250 The Esplanade suite 105

250 The Esplanade

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Toronto, ON M5A 4J6


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Participants will engage with Palestinian resistance literature and create their own piece honouring the legacy of Ghassan Kanafani.

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Ghassan Kanafani - “The Pen and the Gun”: Creative Writing Workshop

  • Date: Thursday June 30th, 6PM-8PM
  • Location: 250 The Esplanade Suite 105, Downtown Toronto ON M5A 1J2

  • Open to Palestinian and Arab Youth


Refreshments provided.

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In light of July 8th, the 50th commemoration of Ghassan Kanafani’s martyrdom, the Palestinian Youth Movement - Toronto is hosting a free creative writing workshop for Palestinian and Arab youth.

In this workshop, participants will closely engage with a piece from Kanafani’s literary body of work, and will be walked through a series of creative writing exercises to create their own piece inspired by the revolutionary’s work. Participants will have the opportunity to present their piece at our 50 Year Commemoration Event on July 7th: "Ghassan Lives! Palestine Lives" - an evening where we will bring politics, culture, and art, in honour of Ghassan and his legacy.

Poem for Ghassan Kanafani

As published in Men in The Sun and Other Palestinian Stories

“Ghassan, when the hatred of the enemy exploded, your life ended.

They thought that in killing you, they had disrupted our path.

Instead, our determination to continue along that path increased,

The pen in one hand and the gun in the other. 

Your presence among us increases every day.

Ghassan, we remember well and never forget

That the path is not easy and that few are worthy of it.

Ghassan, we remember well that you are the one who said,

"He is wrong who says that we are the generation of revolution.

Rather we are the generation who will give it life."

And the homeland which you were far from,

You were the closest of people to it

The homeland in which you should have been living,

Was living in you.

You were the homeland,

You were the revolution,

You were the pen and the gun.”

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