We’re a group of writers who began a writing workshop in The Hague back in 2009. Since the meetings always take place at Cecile’s, we named the group after her. We continue to meet every other Wednesday to critique and discuss stories. From this group, Sofia, Samir, Vanessa and Cecile shared the passion of starting up a literary magazine for intercultural writers. We believe that whether intercultural writers write about it directly or not, something profound about being intercultural is voiced in their writing.
Interculturalism takes many different forms, like in our case: Sofia was born in Malawi, raised by a Mexican mother and a Dutch father in a household where English and Spanish were both spoken; Samir was born in Greece but is of Syrian descent and grew up in Nigeria where he spoke both English and Arabic; Vanessa is Dutch but was born in Switzerland and has lived in Germany, Dubai and Belgium where she attended International English speaking schools; and Cecile was born and raised in the Netherlands, yet she felt the magical pull of English from the age of 10 and has been expressing herself best in her second language ever since.
In this blog, you’ll see how we struggle with, discover, are bewildered by but most importantly, enjoy our journeys through writing. As we engage you with our content, we’d love it if you’d share your writing experiences with us.
Our Foundation will introduce its own literary magazine: Cecile’s Writers’ Magazine. We are already Open for Submissions. Find out more here.