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 WITH VERENA TAY:
13 OCT 2018, 2PM-4PM
@ TOA PAYOH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Join us for the October edition of Writing The City, where we will be looking at Crafting Credible Dialogue with Verena Tay. We will also review participants' stories, enjoy writing exercises and answer queries on writing issues.
AN EVENING WITH WRITING THE CITY:
27 OCT 2018, 7PM-8.30PM
@ SING LIT STATION
Do come along to An Evening with Writing the City where members of the Writing the City creative writing community will be reading from their work. Each of the reading selections are handpicked by writer and editor Verena Tay.
This event is free and open to all. It is generously supported by Sing Lit Station and a National Arts Council Arts Fund Grant.
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 leader and 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 270 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:
10 Feb: With Yu-Mei Balasingamchow
10 Mar: With Meira Chand
14 Apr: Technology and the Craft of Writing
12 May: World Building
23 Jun: Writing Gymnasium
21 Jul: With Clarissa Goenawan
11 Aug: Reading Raymond Carver
15 Sep: With Lim Cheng Tju
13 Oct: With Verena Tay
27 Oct: An Evening with Writing The City
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 of We Rose Up Slowly (Math Paper Press, 2015), a collection of short stories. He is also a director / facilitator 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;
the atom collective;
Words, Self, World, workshops for migrant workers organised by Shivaji Das and facilitated by Tse Hao Guang;
The Fire Pen creative writing workshop for migrant workers organised by Wiwi Tri and facilitated by Jon Gresham;
Club Penguin, a poetry workshop series for queer people, organised by Max Pasakorn and facilitated by Cyril Wong and other poet mentors.
For more information about venue support and/or these workshop groups, do drop us a note on our contact page.