Monday, June 14, 2010

Writing with Alfian


Award-winning Singaporean poet and playwright, Alfian Saat, will be in residence at CHAI (Instant Cafe House of Arts Ideas) 12-25 July.
Here's his schedule :

* INTRODUCTION TO PLAYWRITING (FOR BEGINNERS) – 13 July **
* PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP (FOR EXPERIENCED WRITERS) – 17 and 24 July**
* POETRY WORKSHOP – 20 July
* DRAMATISED READINGS – 24 July

**To register for this workshop please email firstworks@instantcafetheatre.com tell us about yourself and state why you would like to join the workshop. Successful applicants will be notified by email.**

WORKSHOPS

Introduction to Playwriting

13 July | 7pm -10pm

No. of participants: 15 max

Fee: RM 45

This workshop is aimed at those who have never written a play. Participants will be introduced to the basics of playwriting, such as the structure of a play (exposition, conflict, climax, resolution), as well as how to write believable and engaging characters.

The focus of this workshop will be on recognizing the elements that make up a play, and selectively using these to create drama. Particular attention will be made on the differences between the play and other literary forms (such as poetry and prose), with the intention of sensitizing writers to how the body, space and time interact within a performance setting.

Playwriting Workshop: At Home in the World

17&24 July | 2pm-5pm

No. of participants: 15 max

Fee: RM 80

This workshop is aimed at those writers who have already penned plays, and is pitched at an intermediate level. In this workshop, participants will be led through a series of writing explorations, where they will investigate certain questions related to the craft. What kinds of audiences are we writing for? Is there a conflict between local concerns and universal relevance? Are there compromises to be made between authenticity (topical references, particular speech patterns) and intelligibility?

This workshop will examine how we can use the available materials around us—life stories, interviews, news reports, archival documents—as raw material for a play. The focus will be on writing characters and situations that are embedded within specific social, political and cultural contexts.

Poetry Workshop

20 July | 830pm-1030pm

No. of participants: 15 max

Fee: RM30

This workshop is aimed at those who would like to explore the different approaches to writing poetry. Unlike other poetry workshops, this workshop will concentrate not on beginning a poem, but on crafting one. Hence an emphasis will be placed on the process of revising and editing, paying close attention to how the selection of words and the structuring of lines affect the production of meaning.

The poet will provide samples from his own poems to demonstrate how choices are made which determine the final shape of a poem. The attempt is to demystify poetry-writing, which is above all a continuous process of meticulous redrafting, rather than the transcription of a single burst of inspiration.

DRAMATISED READINGS
sex.violence.blood.gore by Alfian Sa’at

A Special Multilingual Edition @ CHAI featuring Malaysian Actors

24 July | 830pm

Entrance by minimum donation RM20

2 comments:

dreamer idiot said...

Argh... I want to meet Alfian Sa'at! 2nd time I missed him when he's in KL.

wordsandspeeches said...

Fooey, I wish you were coming to Rhode Island, I'd love to hear you

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