Daryl Qilin Yam (b. 1991) is a writer of prose and poetry. He is also a co-editor of the SingPoWriMo anthology series, a director / arts organiser at Sing Lit Station, and a stageplay producer at the non-profit collective Take Off Productions. His first novel, Kappa Quartet (Epigram Books, 2016), was longlisted for the 2015 Epigram Book Fiction Prize.
- 2016 – Kappa Quartet: a novel (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2016, UK: Epigram Books UK, 2017)
- 2016 – SingPoWriMo 2016: The Anthology (Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2016)
- 2015 – SingPoWriMo 2015: The Anthology (Singapore: Math Paper Press, 2015)
- 2016 – BA(Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Warwick
- 2015 – Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2015 longlist
WORKSHOPS BY DARYL QILIN YAM
THE PRACTICE OF FICTION
For: all students; max. 12 pax
Availability: 2 / 3 hours per session; single / multiple sessions
Description: Any aspiring writer values an opportunity to learn how to craft character, shape a story, hone a voice, and have their work read in a stimulating environment. Over the course of this workshop series, Daryl Qilin Yam will lead a group of students through storytelling techniques and get them to engage in critically reading each another’s work, in an effort to think about how we might be better practitioners of fiction.
Learning Outcomes: how to craft a story through a variety of techniques; how to read and analyse a work-in-progress and identify areas of improvement; how to think about fiction, and what it means to creatively engage with the world.
AN EXQUISITE CADAVER
For: all students; min. 8 pax
Availability: 2 / 3 hours per session; min. 3 sessions
Description: An exquisite cadaver – or, an “exquisite corpse” – is an age-old method of assembling a collection of words and images to form a larger narrative.Daryl Qilin Yam will take a group of students through the exciting and enriching process of putting an exquisite cadaver together, providing guidance through the stages of conceptualisation, creation, execution and editing.
Learning Outcomes: how to fully utilise one’s creativity to explore any given subject or theme; how to conceptualise, execute and refine a project from beginning to end; how to co-operate and work with others.
IMAGERY IN POETRY
For: all students; min. 8 pax
Availability: 2 /3 hours per session; single session
Description: A crash course on how to identify, analyse and talk about one of the most talked-about topics in literature, Daryl Qilin Yam will impart what he has learnt over the years as a practitioner and student of poetry in a workshop that will expose students to the ways poets over the 20th century have utilised imagery in their work. The workshop will culminate in a group presentation and a creative writing exercise.
Learning Outcomes: how to identify, annotate and analyse the ways in which poetry expounds on a subject or theme; how to read a variety of poetry written in a number of differing styles; how to re-learn the fundamentals of essay-writing.
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