Write From Home

The Arts House’s Write From Home (WFH) Workshops are back by popular demand! Playing on the concept of “work from home”, local authors explore writing as a way to navigate through this unusual time. In this shared space, find your own community of writers and let them inspire you through this isolation. Beginning in July, this second run of workshops will also see Chinese and Malay writing workshops added to the series.

All sessions will be conducted over Zoom.

Step Inside: Documenting Our Interior Journey in an Unusual Time (July)
3 Jul 2020, Fri | 5pm - 7pm
4 & 5 Jul 2020, Sat & Sun | 11am - 1pm
Online

Many people are recording their experience of the COVID-19 pandemic to make sense of things, retain sanity, and remember. This series of 3 workshop sessions aim to give writers the tools to capture the deeper experience behind our current circumstances –– not just what we do (or don’t, or can’t) but to explore our interior experiences and the meanings we create from them. Sessions will focus on responding to writing prompts, sharing writing, and giving and receiving feedback on work from fellow participants and the facilitator.
Please note that attending this workshop series will require all participants to be visible to the facilitator and fellow participants through their web cameras.

瘟疫词典: 接力一首实在的虚拟情诗
An Epidemic Dictionary: Relaying A Truly Virtual Love Poem

4 Jul 2020, Sat | 3pm - 5pm
Online

在瘟疫蔓延的极度隔离之际,我们要如何书写失落与分别?封闭宅家之时,我们又当如何记录日常不察且隐微的爱与关怀?获奖诗人学者陈志锐将带领大家一起虚拟书写各人的小诗,共同编写属于我们的瘟疫情典。

How do we write about the loss and separation during the profound isolation of an epidemic? What about the love and care that just may go unnoticed in our everyday routine, especially in a confined household? Facilitated by award-winning poet-scholar-artist Tan Chee Lay, and with each participant contributing individualised poetic entries, we might just be able to edit our mini virtual love dictionary of this epidemic.

Draw a Laugh: A Comics Workshop with Gwee Li Sui
11 Jul 2020, Sat | 11am - 1pm
Online

Everyone loves funny comics–and, if you cannot get enough, why not draw your own? Practice the basics with Gwee Li Sui, author of well-loved titles such as Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems?, The Other Merlion and Friends, and Spiaking Singlish. Gwee will guide you on how to express humour, draw silly characters, create a style, and adapt to different formats. There may also be mystery guests showing up to share their wisdom! At least a talent in drawing stick figures is good enough for this fun-filled and surprising workshop.

Finding Inner Peace: The Art of Spiritual Writing
11 & 12 Jul 2020, Sat & Sun | 3pm - 5pm
Online

What meaning does life hold for you? What spiritual lessons have been especially illuminating? If you could pen these contemplative insights, what wisdom or struggle would be articulated? In a world that has slowed down, many people are finding time to reflect on their own life purpose. In the first session of this two-part workshop, participants discuss some contemporary texts exploring spiritual identity and practice; at the same time, we will share our own personal journeying in such introspection. A writing exercise will help participants generate new work, which we will together read and discuss in the second session within this safe, open space. Facilitated by award-winning author Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, this event will be conducted online. Participants receive a set of readings specially curated for this event.

Menulis Bersama Farihan Bahron (Writing with Farihan Bahron)
18 & 19 Jul 2020, Sat & Sun | 3pm - 5pm
Online

Dalam memerangi wabak COVID-19, tentu terdapat kisah-kisah dan pengalaman yang ingin anda catat atau luahkan. Ikuti bengkel bersama penulis fiksyen dan penyair, Farihan Bahron, untuk mempelajari teknik-teknik menghidupkan kisah-kisah ini melalui penulisan fiksyen dan puisi. Bengkel ini akan diadakan melalui aplikasi Zoom. Sesi pertama akan memberi fokus terhadap penulisan fiksyen dan penulisan puisi  pula pada sesi kedua.

In the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, there are certainly stories and experiences that you would like to document or tell. In this writing workshop with fiction writer and poet, Farihan Bahron, learn the techniques that can help you to bring these stories to life. This workshop will be conducted online through Zoom. The first session will focus on fiction writing and poetry writing in the second session.

Safe Space Stories
25 Jul 2020, Sat | 3pm - 5pm
Online

Safe Space Stories offers a supported space for writing in a group. We can choose to write from the prompts provided or to write whatever comes to mind. We can share our work if we wish. We support each other by giving positive feedback on what we love about the newly created work we have just heard. No questions, no judgments, no criticisms — just sharing what we love about the fresh words and stories we have created in this safe space. Come join us as we write from home and experience a supportive writing group.

Please note that attending this workshop series will require all participants to be visible to the facilitator and fellow participants through their web cameras.

 


 

WRITE FROM HOME – MAY EDITION

Step Inside: Documenting Our Interior Journey in an Unusual Time
9, 16 & 23 May 2020, Sat | 11am - 1pm
Online

Many people are recording their experience of the current time to make sense of things, retain sanity, and remember. This series of 3 workshop sessions aim to give writers the tools to capture the deeper experience behind our current circumstances –– not just what we do (or don’t, or can’t) but to explore our interior experiences and the meanings we give to them. Sessions will focus on responding to writing prompts, sharing work, and giving and receiving feedback on work from fellow participants and the facilitator.
All sessions will be conducted over Zoom.

Creativity Under Constraint: Finding Peace in Isolation
9 May 2020, Sat | 11am – 1pm
16 May 2020, Sat | 3pm – 5pm
Online

How does being cooped up at home feel? Are you suffering from cabin fever? Are you lapping up the seclusion? In these interesting times, how might one immerse oneself in this unique situation, and use it to generate writing? In the first half of this session, participants share their personal experience navigating this circuit breaker. In the second half, we’ll engage in a writing exercise, and read aloud our new work in this safe, open space. Facilitated by poet and fictionist Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, this 2-hour workshop will be conducted online. Participants will receive a set of readings specially curated for this event.
This workshop will be 2 hours long and conducted on Zoom.

Funny Not Funny: Writing Humour
14 May 2020, Thu | 11am – 1pm
16 May 2020, Sat | 11am – 1pm
Online

If you’re not funny, this workshop is not for you. Gwee Li Sui –– author of books such as Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems?The Other Merlion and Friends, and Spiaking Singlish –– cannot help you in that department. But, if you enjoy a good laugh and want to spread the joy around by writing, then this merrymaking workshop welcomes you! Gwee will explain some basics to humour writing and then guide you on how to structure or tailor your gags. Participants are expected to write during the session, so be warned, idle kings or queens!
This workshop will be 2 hours long and conducted on Zoom.

 

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