Ranya Doleh, director of the DIWC, said the centre, set up as part of the Emirates Literature Foundation, aimed to support and encourage the written and spoken word in all its forms.
Doleh said the DIWC works closely with schools in Dubai.
Although it is similar to centres like Free Word in London, al-Hashimi said the DIWC
will make its own blueprint.
Abdullah Al Shaer, Director of DIWC, said that programme allows writers to spend time developing a work in progress and participate in community outreach events to enrich residents with their experiences.
The DIWC will be holding weekly talks by Mackintosh-Smith throughout January.
According to the DIWC
website, the center will offer a year-round calendarof events"catering to the multicultural and multinational communities living in the region.
The DIWC provides a space for visiting writers and writers-in-residence, who will lead courses in creative writing in all disciplines -- fiction and non-fiction; poetry; lyrics; play-writing; film script writing and calligraphy.
The Dubai International Writers Centre will be a wonderful addition to the cultural landscape of Dubai and the Middle East," said Abdulla Al Shaer, Director of the DIWC.
event advisor at the DIWC, said: "When the club was the PWC, it was only related with oil company employees.
Diana Stuart, current membership representative on the DIWC committee, has recently been reading about the PWC beginnings.