PAPERCUTS Print Publication?

With both the Lahore ice breaker and Islamabad Book Club meet behind us, we turn our attention towards new possibilities.

We’re thinking of bringing PAPERCUTS (our online literary journal) to print, which would be mapping the same content along with print only additions. Selections will still be web-based with the work of our members undergoing the same rigorous workshopping and editing sessions, pre-publication. The circulation will just be a lot wider.
There are a lot of details to work out, but this is something that’s both been long in the making and comes at the right time for us.
So…yay or nay?

DWL, Lahore Comes Alive!

It started with the LUMS Creative Writing Workshop and on Saturday, December 19 we’re convening at Cafe Life to formally kick off the currently dormant chapter, into a hub of life. Future events like book clubs, readings, game nights along with other one-off events in collaboration with LUMS and other universities, are on the cards.

It all starts with the meet and greet, ice breaker on Saturday. Details, below.
The What: Lahore Icebreaker
The Where: Cafe Life (Gaddafi Stadium, opp Pakistan Cricket Academy and next to Tobacco Masters)
The When: Saturday, December 19 5PM-9PM
The Extras: Not a member, but interested to see who is? Drop by. A member, but you’ve been dormant for so long, you can’t remember your last post? Come along anyway. Have a friend who you think will be interested? Bring em!
If for nothing else than meeting with likeminded people, who’ll give you something to talk about and then some. Don’t be shy…show us some Lahori spirit. Don’t give us a reason to be disappointed with this city. Besides, if you’d like an in to future events, come along.
We realize that this is exam time for a lot of our student membership, but if you can pause for an hour or two, take a bookmark or flier, along with the possibilities of the future, we’ll be happy to have you.
Just please…don’t let the opportunity pass you by!
PS, It it counts for anything…Maryam Piracha, DWL Administrator and Papercuts Editor-in-Chief will be in attendance, so if you’ve got a bone to pick with MP, now’s your chance to corner her!

Book Club (Isloo) Convenes For The Exorcist

Click here to be redirected to the Facebook event created for this purpose. But just to let you know the overall details, we will be picking out the next selection for January so if you’d like to be involved in that decision, come along. Remember to bring your book pick selections along, either as a list or in hard copy form.

And now, to the details.
The What: Book Club Meeting, Islamabad Chapter
The When: Saturday, December 19 @ 6.30 pm (sharp!)
The Where: Paper Microphone Cafe
The Extras: Click here for the FB event or here for any questions.
Hope to see you guys there!

LUMS Workshop Deemed Success!

For more information on how it went, check out Maryam’s post here. Attendees, if you’re reading this…let us know what you thought, either here or by emailing it in. We’re always on the lookout for ways to improve, so


LUMS Poster Unveiled

Check out the poster (inset), signifying that one of our own will be speaking at the university’s first such event. As desi writers, we are excited! Are you?

We’ve been told that there will be a fairly solid turn out of desi writers there and as TPTB (the powers that be), we’re excited to finally put faces to those (creative) voices.

See you all there! Meanwhile, enjoy…

Creative Workshop at LUMS

For anyone who isn’t on our FB group, a forum member or who isn’t a fan of our page, this is for you.

LUMS is holding a creative writing workshop on Friday, December 11 at 5.30 pm sharp. There will be four speakers at the event, including our very own administrator and PAPERCUTS Editor-in-Chief, Maryam Piracha speaking about various aspects of the craft. Details below:

The What: Creative Writing Workshop
The Where: Main Academic Block, LUMS
The When: December 11 @ 5.30 pm sharp. Rs 100 entrance fee
The Deadline: Registrations end at December 9. RSVP to Hamza Farooq (
The Speakers: Tamkeen Nadeem, CEO of Scribble Magazine will giving a talk on Creative Writing 101.
Miranda Hussein, a journalist will be speaking on creative writing with a focus on journalism.
Maryam will be speaking on the importance of workshops and critique, and help participants flex their brain cells.
Fariha Rasheed, CEO of Ink Magazine is another guest speaker.

We think this is a great, great opportunity for our Lahore and possibly Islamabad membership to take part in a first of its kind workshop, and are looking for a positive response.

If you have any questions, please email Hamza who is the event coordinator for the event.

Hope to see some of you there!