On Tuesday, November 4, the U.S. Embassy Doha, in partnership with the Supreme Education Council, held a professional development workshop for 79 preparatory and secondary school English teachers on “Teaching Creative Writing”. The event was held at Katara and was part of an ongoing partnership between U.S. Embassy Doha and the Supreme Education Council on enhancing English language learning in Qatar’s independent schools. Sadia Mir, Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University Doha, presented the workshop on behalf of the Embassy. Recently, the SEC announced a country-wide Creative Writing Competition for 5th, 9th and 10th grade students at Independent Schools, which is co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Doha. The aim of the competition is to encourage students to hone their writing and critical thinking skills. The winners of the competition will be announced in February.