Amplified: Stories and voices of growing up with deafness

A collaborative creative writing project by SADeaf Itinerant Support Service (ISS), Amplified is a collection of short stories on the real-life experiences of growing up with hearing loss. 

As part of the preparatory process, a full-day writing workshop was held to guide the participants with their brainstorming. This was held online on 16 and 17 July 2021 for the primary and secondary students respectively.

The writing workshop helped participants get started on owning their voice as a hard-of-hearing child, their triumphs and struggles and experiences. 

Among the topics were: Understanding what a personal narrative is and the processes in writing one; using various techniques to enhance their writing and sustain the reader’s attention; and using graphic organisers to plan their story.

By the end of the workshop, participants successfully identified their topics and were able to confidently share their ideas with one another.. and had started on their story drafts!

By Joan Peh, Case Manager, ISS

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