Step Inside: Documenting Our Interior Journey in an Unusual Time
by Melissa De Silva
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 aims 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.
Session 1: Dealing with Our ‘Dark’ Emotions (9 May 2020, 11am – 1pm)
What are some of our uncomfortable emotions and reactions that have emerged in response towards circumstances, towards others' behaviours in society, and towards people we encounter or live with? Writing prompts invite participants to delve into these experiences and allow themselves to acknowledge complex reactions, in the process of crafting them into documentary micro-narratives.
Session 2: The Unexpected (16 May 2020, 11am – 1pm)
This unprecedented time holds many firsts for all of us. Introverts who have prized alone time may now be surprised to find themselves missing spontaneous human interactions. What have we learned about humanity and ourselves –– which we never expected?
Session 3: Light Within (23 May 2020, 11am – 1pm)
What has inspired us? Ignited our resilience? Prompted us to be more adaptable, kinder, more compassionate? Do we see humanity, society, differently now? How do we see ourselves? Have we evolved or changed?
Melissa De Silva is the author of "Others" is Not a Race, about Eurasians in Singapore. It was awarded the 2018 Singapore Literature Prize in the creative non-fiction category. Her fiction has been published in Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Three, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction.