How to Prepare for a TEDx Talk

First published as a guest blog in writer Susan Shiney's website. Everyone has their own way of writing and preparing for a talk. The following was how I prepared for a Tedx Berkeley talk in February. I hope you take what you like and adjust it to your needs and habits. Overcome Self-Doubt On the morning of… Continue reading How to Prepare for a TEDx Talk


Books and bombs: How I healed myself through fiction

Writing has not only been cathartic for Atiaf Alwazir, it also transports her to Yemen every day - not to the Yemen we see on TV, but to the Yemen she remembers First published on Middle East Eye. For my ninth birthday, my aunt bought me a colourful scented diary with a lock and two… Continue reading Books and bombs: How I healed myself through fiction


Inspiring quotes about writing

These authors and poets have helped me overcome my doubt, especially on those dreadful days when it all seems utterly fruitless. A good reminder of the importance of perspective: “You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can't, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world... The… Continue reading Inspiring quotes about writing