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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This is a workshop that delves deep into the process of taking written work, refining it, embodying the words and then performing them on stage, in front of humans, effectively. This workshop is about facing our fears and short-circuiting years of doubts. It is about coming out on top, full of confidence and with fire in our lungs.
This class is hands-on: every person will be given their time to shine, receive direct feedback and then shine again. With almost 10 years of experience as an internationally touring poet and performer, and 12 in addition as a workshop facilitator, Luka Lesson brings tips, tricks and advice very few poets can. Each poet must bring at least one poem (two to three minutes long) written but not yet edited / memorised to work with.
This course is suitable for people who are beginners, and for those who have been writing for a long time. This course is also targeted at those with no prior performing experience, and spoken word artists in need of new tips and tricks. Maximum 25 pax only.
Copies and editions of Luka Lesson’s body of work will be on sale after the masterclass. Also, see him in action later that evening alongside poets Marylyn Tan and Hamid Roslan in NEW TONGUES / NEW WORKS (4 May 2019, Saturday, 7.30pm till late, Sing Lit Station, $5 / entry).
Luka Lesson is an Australian-born poet and rap artist of Greek heritage. Luka’s work engages with the mythology of his family’s homeland, the fiercely political and the vulnerably introspective. An author of two independently published collections, as well as two full-length recorded albums, Luka has had work commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, poems published in a number of international anthologies, and toured with the likes of Dr Cornell West (USA), Nahko & Medicine for the People (USA), Akala (UK) & Shane Koyczan (Canada).
Luka runs his own poetry retreat on the Greek island of Rhodes every year (www.rhodespoetryretreat.com) and has always used education programs as a form of activism and social change in schools and universities worldwide. His poem “May Your Pen Grace The Page” will appear on Australian English curriculums from 2019 onwards.
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.