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The Journeying Self: Travel and Identity
A creative writing workshop © Beth Yahp 2007
This practical writing course takes the journey as its starting point. It is interested in how journeys shape identity: how the self observes, reacts, transforms or even reinvents itself as we travel through space and time, and how to capture these observations, reactions etc. on the page. This course is for anyone interested in travel writing (journey narratives) and life writing (memoir) that is reflective and engaging, utilizing the skills of both fiction and personal narrative.
The course will consider both the outer and inner journeys of the self: through space, time, heart and mind. You, the traveller, will focus your seeing eye, your heart’s ear. You will share tips, techniques and practices to help you capture their fruits on paper.
The course combines short presentations, writing exercises and class workshops to explore memoir, journal, travel and life writing, and the ways these genres can intersect and enrich each other.
There will be selected readings of hit-and-run travel tales, border-crossing stories, as well as accounts of inner journeys to generate ideas for your own writing, and launch your journeying self on the creative trip of a lifetime. Basic writing craft will also be touched upon: description, character, point of view, writing emotions and states of mind.
The course will run on 2 consecutive Saturdays, 18 & 25 August 2007, from 10.00 AM - 5.30 PM (7.5 contact-hours, with lunch and tea/coffee breaks).
Cost: RM450 (inc lunch & tea breaks); RM350 fulltime students/ unemployed
Venue: To be confirmed (PJ New Town)
Pre-requisite: adults with Proficiency in English
Number of Participants: 10 – 15. For more information and registration please contact: Mien Lor: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Teacher
Beth Yahp, an incessant traveler, has published short fiction and travel/ memoir articles in Australia, South-east Asia and Europe. She is the award-winning author of The Crocodile Fury, a novel, as well as a libretto, Moon Spirit Feasting, for composer Liza Lim, which won the Australian APRA award for Best Classical Composition in 2002. Beth is Fiction Editor for Off the Edge in Malaysia, where Five Arts Centre recently presented the play, That Was the Year, based on one of her short stories. She is currently undertaking her Doctorate of Creative Arts in Sydney, Australia, and will be in Malaysia for a short visit in July/ August 2007.