AfterWords - Writing as Resistance <Part II>Organised by: Ethos Books
Performed by: Clara Chow
With great support and enthusiasm from the first AfterWords, we bring to you Writing as Resistance <Part II>! This time, we will be discussing the writing exercises by Clara Chow.
Missed the first session? Slides and exercises can be found this way: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2LYmhY4E45sWFZZQmdJb2xvNWc
What can an individual do in dark times; when one's world is seemingly out of one's control? Writing can be an act of resistance in such instances – a legitimate private response to outside forces. Come join us in a reading-cum-discussion of the strategies writers use to alter their own narratives and redefine the terms of their own lives: Allegory, satire, speculative fiction, among others. Along the way, you will explore, in a short writing exercise, something you'd like to change.
Don't get mad. Get writing.
About the venue
AfterWords will be held at Programme Zone, Level 2 of Marine Parade Library.
About the speaker/facilitator
Clara Chow is the author of the short-story collection, Dream Storeys (2016). Her fiction has appeared in Asia Literary Review, CHA: An Asian Literary Journal, Drunken Boat, QLRS and The Columbia Journal. In 2015, she co-founded the art and literary journal WeAreAWebsite.com. This is the second of three AfterWords session which Clara will be facilitating.
The book which inspired this session:
"Years later, when my publisher at Ethos Books asked me what inspired me to write 'Payoh', I dug into my memory, all I could remember was this particular incident, being told that I had to pay interest on my overdue income tax when I was in financial straits. The officer was polite. She was merely pointing out the rules and regulations. I did not argue. Instead I sat down and wrote a book."
– Jim Tan, author of Payoh
Payoh by Jim Tan - https://www.ethosbooks.com.sg/products/payoh