“REACHING THE WORLD 2013″: CALL FOR PAPERS & PRESENTATION
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Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (AP Writers),
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University,
South East Asian Writers Award Committee (S.E.A. Write),
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA),
invite expressions of interest for
REACHING THE WORLD 2013
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
‘CREATIVE WRITING & LITERARY TRANSLATION’
Bangkok, 3-6 October, 2013
‘Reaching the World 2013’ includes Creative Writing workshops and
A FREE SUNDAY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL AT THE BACC
in conjunction with
UNESCO’s Bangkok as the World Book Capital City 2013 and the 35th anniversary of the S.E.A. Write Award celebrating literary talents in ASEAN*
‘Reaching the World 2013’ is Bangkok’s second international writers’ showcase bringing together authors, literary translators, scholars, teachers of Creative Writing, publishing professionals and others from Asia and beyond. This 3-day international conference with workshops and a free public day enables writers, readers, scholars, students, publishing industry professionals and interested members of the public to network and share their work in conjunction with one of Asia’s longest-running and most prestigious literary events, the S.E.A. Write Award.
The conference includes keynotes from distinguished scholars and special lectures by internationally acclaimed authors, including (tentatively) Bangkok’s Governor and Chairman of the S.E.A. Write Award, M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, and Professor Edwin Thumboo (former S.E.A. Write awardee and Emeritus Professor, National University of Singapore), among others.
We invite papers and presentations on the following subthemes:
– Teaching Creative Writing
– Literary Translations
– Writing (and changing?) Cultural Identity
– Food in Literature
– Music/Art in Literature
– Online Writing
– Young Writers
– Literary Fiction
– Creative Non Fiction (including biography and memoir)
– Genre Fiction
– Other related topics
‘Reaching the World 2013’ includes:
- 3-day International Conference in the Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Building, Chulalongkorn University. Each day’s formal proceedings finish at approx 3 pm to accommodate other activities.
- Evening Readings & Book Launches
- Creative Writing Workshops
- The S.E.A. Write Awards Presentations Gala Dinner*
- AP Writers’ AGM, on Saturday 5 October. The Association’s Board and Committee Chairs will be elected or reappointed at the meeting, and priorities reevaluated.
- Free Sunday Writers Festival, Sunday 6 October, hosted by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration in conjunction with UNESCO’s designation of Bangkok as ‘2013 World Book Capital’.
- Farewell Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s Thai restaurant, Sala Rim Naam, hosted by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.
To offer a presentation or longer paper with a focus on teaching and practice of creative writing, email Jose (‘Butch’) Dalisay, Chair of AP Writers’ Academic Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: 10 August, 2013.
To offer a presentation or longer paper on literary translation, email Eliza Vitri Handayani, Chair of AP Writers’ Translation Committee, email@example.com. Deadline: 10 August, 2013.
If you are teaching Creative Writing at a university which offers this discipline and would like to offer a half-day or full-day workshop, send a paragraph describing the workshop you’d like to offer along with a brief bio to AP Writers’ Board Member Xu Xi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to read your poetry or discuss your creative writing on the panels at the public forum on Sunday 6 October in the Bangkok Arts & Culture Centre, or if you want to launch a new book at ‘Reaching the World 2013’, email Jane Camens at email@example.com.
*The 2013 S.E.A. Write Gala Award Presentation Dinner Celebrating 35 Years of Literary Talents in ASEAN will be held in the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental on the evening of either Thursday 3 October or Friday 4 October, the date yet to be confirmed by the Royal Palace. The guest speaker for this year’s awards is Irish novelist Edna O’Brien. This is a formal, traditional occasion presided over by a member of the Royal Family. Registered conference participants may attend for the special rate of THB 1,000 (US$33). Register for the S.E.A. Gala event before 19 September 2013 by emailing Somsri (Susie) Hansirisawasdi, Director of Public Relations, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference registration fee: TBA
NB: All participants are required to find their own funding and accommodation. The conference organisers can not sponsor speakers. Keynote speakers will be sponsored by foreign embassies or other organisations.
Accommodation at SaSa International House
Chulalongkorn University’s hostel for visiting professors, SaSa International House, will make a limited number of affordable rooms available for participants. If interested, please contact email@example.com ASAP. Other budget accommodation can be suggested.
Asia-Pacific Writers & Translators (AP Writers) is a regional association for authors and literary translators. This large network seeks to advance authors’ careers.
Chulalongkorn University (‘Chula’) is Thailand’s oldest and most prestigious university, founded in 1917 by King Rama VI. Chulalongkorn University ranks the first in the nation and one of the best in Asia. Chulalongkorn University is a research-focused institution.
The South East Asian Writers’ Awards (S.E.A. Write Award) has recognized and honoured contemporary poets and writers in Southeast Asia since 1979.