Students should ignore literature based on sex, money and violence, and instead concentrate on writing about 'healthy' subjects, a veteran author has said. Hong Kong writer Lau Yi-chang, who has more than 60 years' experience, was speaking at the inaugural Youth Literary Camp. 'Individual authors should try to use their words to depict messages reflecting the real world,' Lau said. Books should be 'a mirror of living' and contain 'stories of lives'. Teenagers should avoid modern, commercial writing with its 'emphasis on money, sex and violence', he said. But Lau also warned young writers not to copy 'masterpieces'. 'Literary creativity means doing something different,' he said. The camp was organised by RTHK's Cultural and Education Unit and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Cheng Kai-ming, executive producer at the RTHK unit, said there were not enough activities promoting literature among students. 'The camp was set up to encourage youngsters to express themselves more through literature, nurture their aesthetic sense and promote an atmosphere of literary creativity,' he said. A feature of the camp, which attracted more than 130 people, was a creative writing competition. Entrants could write essays, stories, poems or literary criticism. Carol Liu Ying-kei, 20, a psychology student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, took first prize in the non-fiction section. She said the secret of good writing was to capture real life. 'Live with your heart and you can write every day,' Ms Liu said. Huang Yin-ping, also 20, a Form Six student at TWGHs Wu York Yu Memorial College, and Victoria Shiu Wai-fan, 24, a welfare worker, shared top prize in the fiction section. Winners received book coupons worth between $1,000 and $5,000. The camp was sponsored by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.