Writing the City was a literary arts platform created by the British Council in 2011.
With a focus on writing inspired by city life, the programme’s core mission was to grow community of new, emerging and established writers who share their work, give and receive feedback and get invaluable opportunities to take their writing forward as the Singapore literary scene grew. A panel of local and British writers served as ambassadors for Writing the City and to provide feedback to the young writers. The project was funded by the British Council and the National Arts Council Singapore until its closure in 2016.
Writing the City worked to develop emerging writers along three strands:
- Built a close knit community of emerging and established writers through a regular monthly meet up
- Established an online portal for writers to learn, network and share their work
- Created professional development and learning opportunities by connecting Singaporean writers with UK’s best writers
Few writers were published in the early 2010, but many were hungry for platforms and opportunities to showcase their work. Writing the City played a fundamental role in developing the fledgling literary arts scene in Singapore.
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS hosted by Jon Gresham
Creative Writing Workshops are held every month from 2pm to 4pm on a Saturday at Toa Payoh Library, The Arts House or other venue in Singapore.
Its facilitator is the author of We Rose Up Slowly (Math Paper Press, 2015), Jon Gresham.
The monthly writing workshops were started 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 in collaboration with the British Council and the National Library Board. There are over a hundred members of Writing the City in Singapore.
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