tell stories that matter

As part of our on-going commitment to promote global literature and the art of reading and writing in English as a foreign language, on May 13 and 14 2017, we will be hosting our annual mini-conference, Writers’ Series: Year Two. The theme of this year’s mini-conference is: Tell Stories That Matter.

The mini-conference is divided primarily into two major activities: 1) a public event consisting of discussions, lite seminars and readings; and 2) a series of premium workshops delivered by our guest lecturers.

Last year, the theme of our event was Local Stories, Global Stage and we invited Xu Xi, a Hong Kong writer of Indonesian origin who is based in the U.S. and whose body of work has received global acclaim. She spoke of what it means to write in English as her primary language of expression, or what it has done for her career, and delivered an intensive workshop titled Discover Your Creative ‘I’.

This year, we are inviting her back again, plus three other guest lecturers: Dai Fan, Robin Hemley and Lawrence Ypil. Each of these lecturers will deliver a 3-hour premium course on a number of writerly topics, plus speak at the public event.

So what actually happens at the Writers’ Series?

The event spans 2 days. The first day is a public event with a full line-up of over a dozen programs for writers, readers, publishers and content creators. This year, we expect to attract between 250 and 300 people at the public event, consisting of corporate and media sponsors, our past course/workshop participants, university students, as well as publishing experts. The public event is held on Saturday, May 13 2017, at The Kasablanka from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. — the entire public event programs are FREE OF CHARGE. But participants need to register for which program they’d like to attend. Food and beverage are not provided by the event committee.

Check out our Public Event Schedule and Register Online.

On Sunday, May 14 2017 we are hosting a series of premium (paid) workshops delivered by our international guest lecturers with a maximum attendance rate of 20 participants per workshop. This year, we are hosting three workshops: Truth and Fiction (Xu Xi and Robin Hemley); Writing from Your Life (Dai Fan); and Poetry in Motion (Lawrence Ypil).

Check out our Premium Workshops and Register Online.

Top Six Reasons Why You should Attend the Writers’ Series:

  1. Choose the sessions you want from a schedule of programs that fit your specific interest, writing needs and goals.
  2. Learn about a wide range of content, writing and publishing options from practitioners in the field.
  3. Go to Writer’s Pit Stop and get your questions answered by professional editors and writing instructors.
  4. Buy your favorite books at a discounted price.
  5. Talk with exhibitors at the mini-conference to find out how you can maximize your publishing channels.
  6. Join our writing workshops delivered by international speakers.