Rather than struggle alone, a group of writers from eight different European countries came together in the UK to support each other in becoming published authors and have succeeded beyond their expectations with their new book, Human Crossings: 9 Stories about Refugees. This article was written by club member and Landmark graduate Doug Dunn.
In October 2019, a group of eight Landmark graduates, including five Wisdom Unlimited graduates, created teamwork through writing. We self-published Human Crossings: 9 Stories about Refugees.
The authors are members of a writers group created by Noha Nasser – The Writers Empowerment Club. Two years ago, they met up and created an initiative to put into practice their creative writing skills. They chose refugees as a subject, as Noha was about to drive supplies from London to the Auberge des Migrants distribution centre in Calais, France.
Using Team Management and Leadership planning, we created key milestones for reading, editing and combining our stories into one publication. Much of the inspiration came from meeting at writing retreats. These were opportunities to share ideas, read and edit our work, and enroll new writers. Khaled Wakkaa, who attended the Landmark Forum in Bristol, UK, in 2018, joined our retreat in Devon and shared with us his refugee journey from Syria to Lebanon and finally Exeter. He wrote his story in Arabic and the English translation became the first story of Human Crossings.
Thank you Landmark for providing the tools, the practices, and the listening for us to work together on this book, and thank you those who support Human Crossings. Half of all proceeds are donated to refugee charities.
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