Young authors of Chinese literature shared some of the secrets of their craft at a creative writing seminar at the Chinese University (CU) of Hong Kong. Chan Yim-ting, Chiu Kat Wu-lan, Chu Man and Emily Lau Kuk-yuen had joined the first Joint School Young Writers' Training Scheme organised by CU's Faculty of Education. The seminar was a forum for participants to share their feelings about the scheme and experiences writing serious Chinese literature. Kuk-yuen, 14, of True Light Girls' College, said the scheme had helped her make great improvements in her writing. 'With the guidance of my supervisor and after a year of practice, I find my descriptive stories have become much more vivid,' the third former said. 'Writing is the most direct and efficient way to express your personal feelings and develop your imagination,' Kuk- yuen said. Chu Man of St Catharine's School for Girls, said good writing skills were for her a kind of empowerment. 'Your dreams and ideas take flight with your pen,' she said. Yim-ting, 14, of Shun Tak Fraternal Association Lee Shau Kee College, advised students to continuously read and write so their skills will strengthen. 'The saying 'practice makes perfect' applies as much to writing as it does to any other skill,' she said. Wu-lan, 16, of SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School, said the scheme helped her understand the importance of using proper vocabulary and how a well-organised composition should flow. Professor Ho Man-koon, an associate professor at the CU's Faculty of Education, said the scheme had generated an overwhelming response from teachers and students. Over 100 students from 30 secondary schools had joined the scheme over the past year. 'It's encouraging to discover that most secondary students are not averse to writing Chinese literature,' Professor Ho said. 'Most of their works are up to standard, but vocabulary and narrative flow need improvement.' Under the scheme, students submit their compositions regularly for feedback from members of the training scheme committee. The members are all teachers and freelance writers. Committee members grade the compositions and advise the students on areas for improvement.