Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (APWT) formerly Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership' | APWT builds, promotes and helps sustain the careers of authors and literary translators in the Asia Pacific region.


pix 22 We try to keep APWT workshops. These outstanding workshops are well below the costs they can be offered elsewhere. Numbers are capped at around 12 participants per workshop. So book your place!

COST. US$45 per person, per workshop.  (SYS English Creative Writing students may attend at no cost, dependent on the permission from the instructor(s), if there is room in the class.)

Robin Hemley1) Travel Writing in the 21st Century — led by Robin Hemley

Friday, 25th November. 10:00AM-12:15 PM. Room 301

How do you write about place in a way that makes the place new? How do you write about a place that’s been written about many times before, Venice, for instance, or Paris? In the 21st century, who is the travel writer’s audience and what are the ethical responsibilities of the travel writer? After all, writing about the most unspoiled beach in the world will surely spoil it. Of course, travel literature is not necessarily for the leisure class but for those who wish to have a better perspective on their own sense of the world and place. For this workshop, bring in at least three photographs, one of a place that you know well and one of a place you visited recently, and another of a place that you visited in the distant past. Bring a small notebook to class as well and be prepared to walk and take notes. We’ll be doing a lot of writing and observing. REGISTER  HERE .

Ravi Shankar2) Achieving Publication through Revision - Led by Ravi Shankar

Friday, 25th November. 1:50-4:30 PM. Room 301

This workshop will focus on trying to repurpose that piece of writing we have languishing at the back of a drawer by imagining new possibilities for it, whether that's shifting genres, changing the diction or structure of the piece, adopting a different perspective, or cutting up pieces of it to make a pastiche. This multi-genre workshop will focus on finding both more conventional and more exploratory revision strategies to help the work achieve new life. We'll discuss the publishing industry and read some excerpts from lyric essays, experimental poetry, gonzo journalism, manifestos, all while leaving time to generate new material. Please bring with you an openness to surprise and some old piece of writing that you'd like to work on.  REGISTER HERE

kyoko-james-and-kate3) Translation as Play: A Literary Translation Workshop led by Kyoko Yoshida and James Shea with Kate Griffin

Saturday, 26th November. 9:35 AM- 12:15 PM. Room 301

With a focus on traditional and unconventional translation practices, this workshop explores the creative possibilities in the overlap between translation and writing. Designed for translators as well as writers looking for generative methods for their work, the workshop is open to anyone with functional knowledge of another language. The workshop will include discussion, writing exercises, and sharing of work. REGISTER HERE

Tomlinson4) Person To Poem To Prose: Drafting New Work In Multiple Genres (Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction) — led by Tim Tomlinson

Saturday, 26th November. 3:00-5:00 PM. Room 301

Kwame Dawes has said that his poems sometimes begin as marginalia; he responds to the work of other poets in the margins of their pages, then shapes the marginalia into poems (“How to Pick a Hanging Tree” is an example). The first half of this session springs from that premise, with an eye toward poems that appear to derive from personal experience. We’ll respond to two (plausibly) autobiographical poems, borrow their set-ups, and generate two drafts of our own. Drafts will draw on participants’ memories of people situated clearly in place. Next, we’ll take a look at possibilities for borrowing personae from poems and placing them in prose narratives with an exercise in creating a scene that's driven by conflict, tense with restraint, and complicated by subtext. Since effective narrative depends on well-constructed scenes, this workshop will consider important scene mechanics: entry point, character, dialogue, description, and transition. The session will conclude with sharing and critique of exercise drafts.  REGISTER HERE

Shelley5) Coming to Your Senses — led by Shelley Kenigsberg.

SUNDAY, November 27th. 10:00AM – 12:30PM

This workshop involves experiencing your senses in new and interesting ways (all pleasurable) and having the chance to awaken new vocabulary, devise a new lexicon to use in your writing. Using sense detail is a powerful literary device. Poetry is chockablock with it but no matter what you’re writing, you’ll need to engage readers with the glistening magic of the senses. Come and be guided to experience, to write, to analyse pieces and emerge with a renewed sense of the joy and power of using each sense you have. (Sense of fun and sense of humour most welcome.) In this workshop, you’ll find new ways to invite readers into your story, your characters’ lives, their hearts.  REGISTER HERE

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