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Writing The City: Jun 2019 x Melissa de Villiers

  • Toa Payoh Public Library 6 Toa Payoh Central Singapore, 319191 Singapore (map)

In June we are delighted to welcome back Melissa de Villiers On Autobiographical Fiction.

Are you interested to write about your life but feel you don’t fancy the exposure of a tell-all memoir? Enter autofiction, a boundary-blurring style of writing where you draw inspiration from real-life experiences but don’t document them verbatim. Instead, you create a fictional narrator that shares your name to free up the story in a whole new way.

In this workshop, participants will be encouraged to select a real-life experience. They will learn how to craft a first-person story based on the core message or emotional truth that their experience represents - not the autobiographical facts. They will also learn techniques for creating authentic-seeming first-person narrators that draw on autobiographical conventions to keep readers engaged.

Melissa de Villiers is a South-African born writer. Her collection of stories, The Chameleon House, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Until 2016 she ran Writing the City in its former incarnation as a British Council literary arts platform. She has worked as a journalist and editor, and has an MA in English Literature from the University of London.

To register, click on the event link provided below.

VENUE: Toa Payoh Public Library
ADDRESS: 6 Toa Payoh Central, Singapore 319191
EVENT WEBSITE: Eventbrite (for registration)

8 Jun 2019, 2pm–4pm