Encountering Conflict

Creating and Presenting an AWESOME written piece!


1 - The opening paragraph contains a number of questions, 'How heartsick can I become before I break down and weep in front of everyone?...a spot where I can't be seen and can't be heard. And where would that be?...in the camp...if such a spot exists, wouldn't I have discovered it...?' The use of questions in this manner is present throughout the whole text.
2 - The use of inclusive language is important to how the text operates. It is used repetitively at times. In the instance on page one it actually operates as inclusive and exclusive. 'We who are watched and guarded, we who are questioned, probed, doubted - we are all illegals. We have come to Australia without invitation. We have jumped the queue.' Mazari highlights here that the refugees are a separate group of people, viewed as criminals for committing crimes they did not know existed.
3 - 'So I sing, but the words feel sweet on my lips, like the juice of some over-ripe fruit. It is a pleasure to use my native tounge in this way, exploring the shadows of language.' Music, language and culture are such an important part of peoples' identities and souls. At times throughout the text Mazari shares elements of the Hazari language and way of life. He incorporates the verses of song and poetry a couple of times to humanise the refugee story for an indifferent reader.
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Discuss the ideas contained in the PROMPT

1. Use words from the prompt, and synonyms of those words in your piece

2. Mention the book and how the ideas in the book parallel, mirror, or contrast the ideas in the prompt - In your Statement of intention if you are writing a creative piece.
3. Explain how it's all relevant to the context
4. Have a strong contention

"The passions are the same in every conflict, large or small" Mason Cooley

Be a great writer!

  1. Do it. Write.
  2. Read as much and as often as you can. Remember, every writer is a reader first.
  3. Make sure you have a dictionary and thesaurus available whenever you are writing.
  4. Be observant. The people and activities that surround you will provide you with great inspiration for characters, plots, and themes
  5. Stop procrastinating. Turn off the TV, tune out the rest of the world, sit down, and write.
  6. Allow yourself to write poorly, to write a weak, uninteresting story or a boring, grammatically incorrect poem. You’ll never succeed if you don’t allow yourself a few failures along the way.
  7. Write, write, write, and then write some more. Forget everything else and just write
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Some ideas for your written piece

A magazine article - for Dolly on how to handle conflict with you boyfriend - or for Sports Illustrated on how to handle conflict with your team members.
A transcript - of a television interview on the ABC with an Asylum Seeker, or refugee from a War Zone.
A short story from the perspective of one of Najaf's brothers.
A missing chapter or two from The Rugmaker of Mazar e Sharif.
An expository essay on the treatment of Asylum Seekers.
A persuasive essay that asserts that we should allow all refugees from war zones into Australia
An opinion piece for The Drum website on how Woomera is a prison rather than a detention camp.
An article for Good Weekend magazine on a current refugee crisis.
A play using a scene from The Rugmaker of Mazar e Sharif.
A biographical account of someone of has experienced significant conflict.

"Conflict cannot survive without your participation" - Wayne Dyer

Some International and Political CONFLICTS

Pakistan/Indian border - Kashmir conflict
Syrian civil war
Sudanese nomadic conflict
Somali Civil War
Mexican Drug War
Arab Spring
Occupy movement
Global Warming
Global Financial Crisis
The Taliban
Safety of Women and Girls
Gaza Strip conflict
War on Terrorism
2005 Cronulla Riots
Stolen Generation
Carbon Tax
Catholic church and Sexual Abuse

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Ideas about Conflict in the Rugmaker

Conflict has far-reaching consequences
Conflict opposes humanity
Conflict is unfair
People can survive conflict
Individual experiences of conflict are not unique

“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict -- alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.” ― Dorothy Thompson