Writing The City
Our monthly writing meet-up with Jon Gresham.
Writing the City is a literary arts platform in Singapore which provides a community of new and emerging prose writers a chance to develop their writing, share their work, and exchange feedback.
WRITING THE CITY:
21 OCT 2017, 2PM-4PM
As part of NLB's SG Author series, playwright and Cultural Medallion recipient Haresh Sharma will be conducting an introductory 2-hour playwriting workshop.
If you’re a budding writer and want to learn more about playwriting, don't miss this opportunity to find out more about writing techniques from one of Singapore’s most well respected and prolific playwrights. Participants will be introduced to the basic elements of playwriting such as character, story and dialogue.
Writing the City is a literary arts platform in Singapore which supports a community of new, emerging and established prose writers to develop their writing, share their work, and give and receive feedback. Its facilitator is the author of We Rose Up Slowly (Math Paper Press, 2015), Jon Gresham.
Writing the City was founded in 2011 with the support of the British Council and National Arts Council Singapore. In 2016, Sing Lit Station became involved in Writing the City and now leads the monthly creative writing workshops in collaboration with the British Council and the National Library Board.
There are over 160 members of Writing the City in Singapore.
Creative Writing Workshops are held every month from 2pm to 4pm on a Saturday at Toa Payoh Library, The Arts House or other venue in Singapore.
Workshop dates and topics scheduled for 2017:
18 Feb: How to write a short story
4 Mar: Jean Tay on dramatic storytelling
8 Apr: How to read like a writer
20 May: Ekphrasis – a visit to the National Gallery
17 Jun: What makes a story?
15 Jul: Beginnings & Endings
19 Aug: Plot & Scene
16 Sep: Time – Backwards & Forwards
21 Oct: Playwriting Workshop with Haresh Sharma
18 Nov: Revising & Editing
16 Dec: Beginning stories with Rachel Heng
Topics may change depending on members’ input. Workshop attendance is limited to around 25 participants so be sure to register each month.
The two-hour workshop format usually consists of:
1. Discussion of writing craft topics with an emphasis on practical techniques
2. Writing exercises
3. Review and discussion of Singapore Literature texts
4. Feedback on texts submitted by members for critique
Local writers (e.g. Boey Kim Cheng, Jean Tay, Daryl Qilin Yam) are known to appear as guest facilitators in Writing The City, sharing their experiences and advice on writing in Singapore.
Jon Gresham is a long-term resident of Singapore, an award-nominated photographer, and the author ofWe Rose Up Slowly (Math Paper Press, 2015), a collection of short stories. He is also a director / administrator at Sing Lit Station.
A NOTE FROM SING LIT STATION
Sing Lit Station, as a supporter of new and emerging talent, also provides venue support to aspiring and established poets. Unlike Writing the City, these poets are grouped into smaller, invite-only workshop groups and collectives, namely: the Image-Symbol Department; [ICNH]; the atom collective; and Words, Self, World, workshops for migrant workers organised by Shivaji Das. For more information about venue support and/or these workshop groups, do drop us a note on our contact page.