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Bhutan hosted a first-ever writers’ conference in Phuentshogling.

The day-long conference held recently saw more than 40 young and aspiring writers from Bhutan collaborating with Indian authors to make a better market for Bhutanese writers.

The conference was a platform for young writers to share their love for literature and the challenges they face while they pursue writing, according to reports.

Some shared that while they enjoyed the art of writing, there aren’t buyers considering the poor reading culture among Bhutanese.

There was one participant who pursued his passion for writing and published a book despite being a driver by profession.

But because there is a dearth of customers in the country, he said he is running into a loss.

However, the Indian authors from Assam, West Bengal and Odisha promised that they will help young Bhutanese writers sell their books online.

This left the participants encouraged to write more.

A student and a poet organized the event.

The organizers said they will be organizing similar events annually in spite of not receiving any financial support from anyone for the event this time.


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