The Novelist of "Laut Bercerita" Gives Tips for Young Writers at UMM.

Author : Humas | Saturday, November 25, 2023 08:22 WIB
Leila S. Chudori Bercerita Secara langsung dihadapan ratusan mahasiswa UMM ( Foto : faqih Humas)

Something was interesting about the offline screening of "Laut Bercerita" held at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) on November 24th. A visible presence was the author of the book "Laut Bercerita," Leila S. Chudori, addressing hundreds of participants. The event, organized by the Indonesian Language Education Program (Pendidikan Bahasa Indonesia) in collaboration with New Book Store UMM, was also attended by one of the producers, Wisnu Darmawan.

During the event, Leila S. Chudori explained that her novel, launched in 2017, was inspired by stories from families affected by the 1998 tragedy. However, the novel's contents shifted into fiction while maintaining the intended meaning and essence of reality. This was intended to refine and facilitate readers' digestion of the content of her written work.

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"This is based on the background of the 1998 tragedy. Activists would surely understand its history. Yet, I took the perspective of the victims, especially the mothers, when their children were involved in those events. In my opinion, victims aren't just those directly involved but also their families waiting at home, experiencing the atmosphere of dread," said Leila.

During the session, she also provided several tips for young writers to deepen and broaden their perspectives when crafting fiction. This included frequently reading novels by renowned authors, watching films, and expanding the imagination to discover unexplored ideas. She emphasized the importance of jotting down everything discovered during the thinking process.

She also advised young people not to tire of creating new works, be it through writing, film, products, or other mediums. Particularly noting that once a creation exists, it will never vanish and will remain eternal. Especially in this digital era, all information can be recorded even when the creators are no longer present.

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"I always set aside time on Saturdays and Sundays to write manuscripts. However tight the schedule, I make sure I find time. So, those who are young and have much time should be able to utilize this relatively free time. Create new, going works," she concluded.  (*faq/wil)



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