Saturday, January 10, 2009

Robert's Workshop

Here's something for those of you who live in Kuching :
Robert Raymer of Lovers and Strangers Revisited will be conducting a writing workshop in conjunction with The MPH-Alliance Bank National Short Story Prize 2009. A creative writing lecturer at University Malaysia Sarawak, Raymer will teach you how to write and improve your short story! Limited seats available for participants age 13 years and above. For registration and enquiries, please contact MPH The Spring at 082-244 800. The theme is Improving Your Short Story.

Date : Saturday, January 31, 2009
Time : 10-1 pm
Place : Conference Room, Level 2, MPH The Spring, Kuching
Register: at MPH, The Spring (082-244 800), for age 13 and above; first come, first served; first 25. (If more, another date may be arranged)


Gette said...

Hey Sharon, I was just at MPH @ The Spring and they don't know about this. Then again, a lot of people are flooded in their homes or out of the office. The nice lady I spoke to only just made it to work today. But they'll call me once they iron out the details.

BorneoExpatWriter said...

Thanks Sharon for mentioning this and for Gette for highlighting the flooding problems in Kuching. So for those interested in the workshop, be a little patient.

Meanwhile, I'm working on ideas to present for the workshop, for improving the story. I'm recommending that each participant bring the first two pages of their story, which we'll workshop -- most unpublished stories seem to go wrong in the first few pages. Wrong starting place, or wrong point of view character, or wrong narrative voice, or vague descriptions or settings (or lack there of!) or the opposite, overblown descriptions and no forward movement in the story. Fix these and carry it through the story and the story improves tremendously! (And you save a lot of wasted time writing the wrong version of your story!)

All the best.

bibliobibuli said...

i hadn't realised the floods in kuching were so bad and then saw the pic in the star. my goodness.

robert i really wish you could come here too to do your workshop!

BorneoExpatWriter said...

Thanks. Perhaps MPH will spring for me! Let's see how Kuching goes. But with all those talented writers in KL, it would be a great, lively time workshopping the beginning of those stories to get them ready for the MPH-Alliance bank contest, especially if we leave our egos (and defensiveness) at home and come to learn and to help each other! Magic can happen!

BorneoExpatWriter said...

Updates on Workshop in Kuching:

Title: Improving Your Short Story (for those planning to enter the contest)

When: Saturday, 31 January 2009, 10am-1pm

*Where: Conference Room, level 2, The Spring, Kuching.

Register: at MPH, The Spring (082-244 800), for age 13 and above; first come, first
serve; first 25. (If more, another date may be arranged)

Cost: Free!

Bring: First two pages of your short story, typed, double spaced