After the successful debut of the Write From Home Workshops in May, The Arts House is back with a second edition this July, featuring new additions – Chinese and Malay writing workshops. From July 3 to 25, combat writer's block by learning how to find your voice – or rather, words – and shape them into works of literary art. Join some of the city's prominent writers and learn how to translate challenging situations into powerful writing, injecting humour into your writing, and embracing your emotions through words.
Sharpen your writing skills with six different workshops. Join Singapore Literature Prize winner Melissa De Silva in Step Inside: Documenting Our Interior Journey in an Unusual Time (July 3 to 5), a three-session workshop that challenges you to embrace the dark and complex emotions that come with trying to understand the strange circumstances and unexpected experiences you face in life.
Create a mini virtual love dictionary in Mandarin with the award-winning triple threat – poet, scholar, and artist – Tan Chee Lay in An Epidemic Dictionary: Relaying A Truly Virtual Love Poem (July 4).
For something light-hearted, poet, graphic artist and literary critic Gwee Li Sui shows you the ropes on expressing humour, doodling silly characters, creating a unique style, and adapt to different formats in Draw a Laugh: A Comics Workshop (July 11).
Let poet and fictionist Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé guide you in exploring spiritual identity and practice in Finding Inner Peace: The Art of Spiritual Writing (July 4 and 5). You might even find some inspiration as other participants share their personal journeying in such introspection. Participants will also receive a set of readings specially curated for this event.
Learn the techniques in bringing the stories and experiences faced during the circuit breaker to life with fiction writer and poet Farihan Bahron in Menulis Bersama Farihan Bahron (Writing with Farihan Bahron) (July 18 to 19). The first session is on fiction writing, while the second is on poetry writing.
Brooklyn and Singapore-based editor and writer Paul Rozario-Falcone is offering a supported space for writing in a group. Titled Safe Space Stories (July 25), the workshop allows participants to write the first thing that comes to mind, then share the work and feedback – no questions, no judgments, and no criticisms.
With the Write From Home Workshops, all six authors explore the use of writing as a tool to come to grips with the things outside our comfort zones – like the experiences faced in these difficult times – while creating a common space for writers to connect. While each workshop session runs for two hours, the micro-community created online aims to gather creatives in Singapore to learn, write, and get through these strange times together. For more information, visit theartshouse.sg.