Every once in a while, Sing Lit Station plays host to a writer from abroad eager to impart their skills or talk about their work to a select audience. We encourage all writers visiting Singapore to contact us if they would like to conduct a masterclass at our premises, venue sponsor an event, or collaborate in special projects / programmes.
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Plot, momentum, engine, trajectory, development — all words we use to talk about that magic that keeps us turning the pages, and yet, often something that doesn’t get discussed quite as often in conversations about literary fiction.
What drives “story”? one might ask. What is “story”? How do we hold a reader’s interest, be it action and consequence, the evolving mood of a character, or a captivating, suspenseful voice? What makes a story “satisfying”?
This masterclass by Rachel Heng will explore what makes up the engine of a story by examining a selection of short stories across styles and genres. Participants will analyse the way these writers wield plot to hold our attention, subvert or satisfy our expectations. The author will talk about practical ways to troubleshoot story problems, or what to do when you feel that “nothing is happening” in a story. Participants will also work on in-class writing exercises to practice some of the key lessons of the masterclass.
This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners of fiction and creative nonfiction. Participants however will be required to read two or three short stories (details forthcoming end May 2019) prior to the masterclass. Maximum 25 pax only.
Hear Rachel Heng discuss some of her works-in-progress later that evening alongside Ng Yi-Sheng and Patricia Karunungan in NEW ERAS / NEW WORKS (29 Jun 2019, Saturday, 5.30pm–7pm, Sing Lit Station, $5 / entry).
Rachel Heng is the author of Suicide Club (Henry Holt, 2018), which was a national bestseller in Singapore, and featured as a best summer read by outlets such as The Irish Times, The Independent, ELLE, Gizmodo, NYLON, Bustle and Bitch Media. The novel will be translated in ten languages worldwide.
Rachel is currently a James A. Michener Fellow at the Michener Center for Writers, UT Austin. Her short fiction has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and Prairie Schooner's Jane Geske Award, and has been published in Glimmer Train, Tin House, Kenyon Review, Guernica and elsewhere. Her non-fiction has been published in outlets such as The Telegraph, Grazia, Lit Hub and The Rumpus.