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There’s a lot going on on the Singapore literary scene; just check out these events, gatherings and opportunities. And if you’re putting on your own event with a literary arts focus, please contact us here so that we can include it.

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For writers: pitching your work and engaging the right agents

When: 29 April, 9.30am-5.30pm

Where: Possibility Room, Level 5,  National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

Cost: $155.00 per person.

Run by former New York literary agent Fran Lebowitz, this workshop from The Academy of Literary Arts and Publishing Singapore (ALAP) will give you all the information you need to kickstart your journey towards getting published – from creating believable characters to refining your pitch to possible agents. To find out more, call: 6848 8297, or check out this site.

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Twilight Tales

When: 23 April 2016, 6-7pm

Where: The Music Salon, 49 Niven Road, Singapore 228397

Twilight Tales is a series of cosy literary gatherings and meet-the-author sessions for adults. Organised four times a year by The Book Council, each session features a Singapore writer. This time, the featured author is award-winning O Thiam Chin. Admission is free, but registration is required. To book your seat, email: mabel@bookcouncil.sg by 21 April 2014.

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World Lit at The Arts House

When: 23, 24 April 2016

Where: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane

Cost: $50 per workshop.

Award-winning Filipino writer Miguel Syjuco returns to Singapore to deliver three writing workshops that will challenge writers to look more deeply at topics such as censorship, as well as their own goals and legacy.

23 April, 10am-1pm: Architecting a Novel

23 April, 2.30pm=5.30pm: Uncensoring the Self

24 April, 2.30pm-5.30pm: Carpe diem - Writing our Manifestos and Obituaries.

To find out more, visit this site.

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Writing the City writers’ group meet-up

In partnership with the NLB, Writing the City holds a monthly gathering for creative writers. The aim is to practise elements of the craft of writing and share work in a supportive atmosphere. Workshops are led by Writing the City’s co-ordinator, author Melissa de Villiers, but we sometimes have guest writers, publishers and other members of the literary ecosystem come and talk to us, too. To join as a new member, please register with Writing the City by sending a short sample of your creative writing to Melissa at writingthecity123@gmail.com.

Where: Toa Payoh Library, Activity Room, Level Three

When: 16 April 2016, 2-4pm

Admission is free but you must register first.

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Literally speaking: what are the boundaries?

When: 14 April  2016, 7.30pm

Where: Centre 42, 42 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187951

Cost: Free

What role does literature play in Singapore society? What literary texts might we usefully study and read? What questions do they help us ask about ourselves and the world in which we live? Moderated by Philip Holden, this panel discussion aims to mull over these questions and come up with some interesting answers.

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Publish your story: so you wrote a story, what’s next?

When: 12 April 2016, 2-5pm

Where: Maya Gallery,  62 Ubi Road, #01-21 Oxley Bizhub 2, Singapore 408734

Cost: $25.00 per person

A collaboration between Maya Gallery, Helang Books and Ungu Pen, this workshops aims to shed some light on how to take those first scribblings of a story through to published book. To find out more, send an email to: art@mayagallery.com.sg, or visit this site.

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Happy 2016 in books – a list of reading resolutions

Make reading a local author one of your new year’s resolutions this year! Local blog mothership.sg has put together a list of eight top prose and poetry works for you to choose from – check it out here.

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The City and the Writer: a focus on Singaporean literature

Check out these fascinating Q&As with some of our best local writers – it’s part of a special focus in Singaporean literature from literary enterprise Words Without Borders, guest edited by Alvin Pang.  The series includes authors Suchen Christine Lim, Kirpal Singh and Mohamed Latiff Mohamed, poets Anne Lee Tzu Pheng and Toh Hsien Min, and Alvin Pang himself. Not to be missed.

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Text in the City

This fabulous free mobile app from The Arts House lets you read and listen to 100 poems by 50 local poets in their original language, including Alvin Pang, Edwin Thumboo, Isa Kumari and Yeng Pway Ngon. You can also instantly upload your own poetry creation, and even follow poetry trails round such areas as the Civic District, Bras Basah and Chinatown. Find out more here.

My Story: Crafting Personal Life into Art
A creative writing workshop by Verena Tay
Presented by BooksActually
Limited to 12 participants


Date/Time:  9 June 2012 (Sat), 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Venue:  BooksActually, 9 Yong Siak Street (Tiong Bahru)
Fee:  $100/participant (Student Discount:$90)
Registrationbooksellers@booksactually.com (+65 6222 9195)
Booking Informationhttp://booksactually.com/workshops.html

The strongest stories are often personal ones because you have lived the experience and recount that experience from the heart. Yet, how can you transform mere biographical/anecdotal accounts and cringing naval-gazing material into thought-provoking and touching tales that will fascinate the audience of your choice? In My Story, you will gain valuable, and practical, tips on how to shape real-life experience into compelling works of fiction.


Areas Covered

Crafting
• Why tell personal tales?
• When is telling a personal tale appropriate?
• Different types of personal tales
• How to crafting your personal story

Polishing
• Review of the story that you have crafted
• Tips on how to polish the story

Target Participants:
Open to both new and seasoned playwrights and/or prose writers who are fluent in English.

Pre-Workshop Preparation:
- Please bring pen/pencil and paper or laptop for the writing exercises.
- Please bring a personal object of sentimental value or that represents the aspect of your personal life that you would like to fictionalise.