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:
10 MAR 2018, 2PM-4PM
@ TOA PAYOH LIBRARY
In March as part of the SG Author Series organised by the National Library Board we will be joined by Singaporean writer, Meira Chand who will share her insights on the craft of novel writing and take us through some of her techniques using passages from her novels.
Meira Chand is of Indian-Swiss parentage, and has lived in Japan, India, and Singapore. Her novels spring from
the confluence of different cultures in her life, with 15 strong themes of identity and belonging. Specialising
in historical fiction, she is best known for A Different Sky which was long listed for the Impac Dublin award 2012,
and was on Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club recommended reading list.
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 with the support of the National Library Board.
There are over 250 members of Writing the City in Singapore.
All workshops are open to the public.
Creative Writing Workshops are held every month from 2pm to 4pm on a Saturday at Toa Payoh Library, Sing Lit Station, or an alternative venue.
Workshop dates and topics scheduled for 2018:
Topics may change depending on members’ input; topics for consideration include wordbuilding, the art of writing novels, the use of technology and flash fiction. 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, Haresh Sharma, Jean Tay, Yu-Mei Balasingamchow, Meira Chand) 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 writers and 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; Words, Self, World, workshops for migrant workers organised by Shivaji Das and facilitated by Tse Hao Guang throughout 2017, and Jon Gresham in 2017 and 2018; and a poetry workshop series for queer people, organised by Max Pasakorn and facilitated by Cyril Wong. For more information about venue support and/or these workshop groups, do drop us a note on our contact page.