Writing Is A Means Of Peace

This Week in Writing we celebrate International Day of Peace and explore how to explore other cultures and experiences in our writing.

Writing Is A Means Of Peace
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Today is the International Day of Peace. First established by the United Nations in 1981, the International Day of Peace is intended to strengthen “the ideals of peace, through observing 24 Hours of non-violence and cease-fire.” This year’s theme is “Recovering Better For A Sustainable And Equitable World” and the UN seeks to explore “how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.”

The Writing Cooperative is a global community of writers. While our publication uses English, our contributors speak a multitude of languages and come from many unique cultural backgrounds. Listening to people who have a different perspective or difference is the best way to learn. I’m proud our publication and community are a means to share knowledge around the world.

That said, I also understand writing and reading in English may be difficult for non-native English speakers. I recently read Tülay Dilmen’s article covering the advantages non-native English writers bring to their craft. It’s a fascinating look at ways cultural background can empower our writing.

If you’re a non-native English writer, how do you embrace your cultural background in your writing? If you are a native English writer, what do you do to explore other cultures and experiences? Reply and join this week’s discussion.

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Justin Cox is a donut-loving, word-writing, nonprofit consultant based in Orlando. He also runs The Writing Cooperative on Medium. Come say hello!