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1 June 2018, 10am
Camp Lit is back this June holidays with more exciting literary activities! This year, join published Singaporean writers and experienced workshop leaders Clara Chow, Tse Hao Guang, A.J. Low, Theophilus Kwek, Neil Humphreys and Audrey Chin as they lead three full days of creative writing workshops for aspiring young wordsmiths.
Pick up a few journalistic tricks, tinker around with poetic form, craft a murder-mystery, gain inspiration from the city while walking along the Singapore river, discover hidden gems in your journal entries and find out how to write funny - and get away with it!
Campers can expect plenty of group activities as well as solo time during workshops to work on their stories and poems. Each workshop will broken up by a 15 minute break, and each day will be peppered with stimulating and entertaining camp activities, including a three-day long Scavenger Hunt! The camp will culminate in an open reading for campers to share their work in a warm and supportive environment.
SCHOOLS ENJOY 50% OFF!
As a recognised Public Arts Programme under NAC-AEP, Camp Lit is eligible for a 50% subsidy from the Tote Board Arts Grant. To claim the subsidy, please email Sing Lit Station at firstname.lastname@example.org to request for the Letter of Eligibility.
Send the form to email@example.com by 1 June, 10am to book your spot!
In PDF Format: Schedule
Day 1: 4 June 2018
How I Became A Liar
with Clara Chow
Indoors. Join Clara Chow as she talks about her journey from journalist to published author of fiction. Learn how news reporting and copyediting informed her approach to writing short stories. Along the way, try our hand at interview skills and 'ripped-from-the-headlines' writing exercises.
How to Write Poetry?
with Tse Hao Guang
Outdoors. This is a beginner's-level workshop that asks pertinent questions to every aspiring poet: What is a poem? Why write poetry? What are the building blocks of poetry? What is an image? This exploratory session will deal with finding a personal connection to your work and generative writing strategies.
Day 2: 5 June 2018
Detectives, Deduction and Deceit
with A.J. Low
Indoors. The authors Adan Jimenez and Felicia Low-Jimenez will work with students on creating intriguing (or just plain devious!) characters, mysterious settings, and intricate plots for their detective stories. Students will learn how to build a believable world and craft captivating characters; how to hone story-crafting skills applicable across multiple genres.
Walking on Water:Poems Along the Singapore River
with Theophilus Kwek
Outdoors. What exactly is it about the river that 'brings us life'? Do different stretches of the river have different histories and different stories? How might you – like poets past and present – engage with the river's many meanings? Students will learn to read and write on the go, based on environment and experience.
Day 3: 6 June 2018
Reading the Libra Mundi
with Audrey Chin
Outdoors. Audrey Chin will introduce participants to the practice of open attentiveness and journaling as a tool for feeding creativity. Participants will be guided in the use of their senses, their reading of current events and their personal histories as catalysts for developing writing projects they are planning or already engaged in. Students will then practice sifting through their observations and experiences for ideas with the greatest impact, as well as exchanging these ideas with one another to invigorate inspiration and dialogue.
How to Write Funny (And Get Away With It!)
with Neil Humphreys
Indoors. Best-selling author Neil Humphreys gets asked two questions more than any others. First, how do you writer a best-seller? And second, how do you write funny? In an entertaining and informative workshop, Humphreys will address both questions. Combining funny stories with examples from his own work, Humphreys will offer clear and concise tips on developing witty, engaging narratives. He will then invite students to write their own entertaining short stories and snippets, which he will read and provide positive, and constructive feedback.
Clara Chow (b. 1977) is the author of the short-story collection, Dream Storeys (Ethos, 2016). Her fiction has appeared in Asia Literary Review, CHA: An Asian Literary Journal, Drunken Boat, QLRS and The Columbia Journal. She also contributes to The Straits Times and South China Morning Post. In 2015, she co-founded the art and literary journal WeAreAWebsite.com.
Tse Hao Guang (b. 1988) is the author of Deeds of Light (Math Paper Press, 2015), which was shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize. He co-edits the literary journal OF ZOOS, the poetry anthology UnFree Verse (Ethos Books, 2017), and poetry.sg. He is a 2016 fellow of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program.
A.J. Low is a husband-and-wife writing team comprising of Adan Jimenez and Felicia Low-Jimenez who write the Sherlock Sam series of children’s books. Their books have won the International Schools Libraries Network’s Red Dot Award 2013-2014 and have been published in North America, Indonesia, and Turkey. An animated Sherlock Sam series is also in the works.
Theophilus Kwek has published four volumes of poetry. He serves as Co-Editor of Oxford Poetry, and together with Joshua Ip and Tse Hao Guang, was also Co-Editor of UnFree Verse. His poems, translations, essays and reviews have appeared in The Guardian, The London Magazine, The Irish Examiner, the Asia Literary Review, and Berfrois.
Neil Humphreys is Singapore's best-selling author with 17 titles to his name. A popular and humorous writer, Humphreys has contributed dozens of short stories for the Ministry of Education and Singapore's National Parks Board to promote environmental issues. He also writes extensively for newspapers, magazines and websites in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, and the UK.
Audrey Chin is the author of two novels and a short story collection. Her short fiction and social commentary has also appeared in literary journals in the USA and Singapore. She has been shortlisted thrice for the Singapore Literature Prize.
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