Singaporeans Abroad Writing Workshop
Saturday, 19 March, 11.00 am – 12.30 pm
Visitors’ Briefing Room, Level 1, National Library Board
For the avid traveller, why not turn your interesting travel experiences into exciting fictional stories? Writing about your travels is a great way to capture the experience and places you have been to and to share them with others. It entices readers to want to visit the places too!
Josephine Chia, author of seven published books in Singapore and the UK, will share her writing skills and how she creates stories out of her travel experiences. Her book Isn’t Singapore Somewhere in China, Luv? is a collection of fictional stories of Singaporeans and their experiences abroad. Based on this book, gain insights on some of the stories and how they were weaved together as well as the use of fictional characters in the places Josephine visited.
Bring along snapshots or collectibles from one of your most memorable holidays and we’ll show you how to transform them into a fictional story suitable for publication.
About the Book Isn’t Singapore somewhere in China, luv? is a collection of short stories about Singaporeans who are abroad. The stories are not just about places but also about the people who are travelling, in search of adventure and emotional fulfilment. Characteristics of the majority of Singaporeans are worked into the characters, their love of Singaporean food, their sense of belonging in Singapore and their hardworking attributes.In the stories, these characters are put into situations that are not their usual fare.
About the Author Josephine Chia writes both fiction and non-fiction and has published seven books. Her first literary break was when she was one of the winners of UK’s Ian St. James Awards in 1992 for her short story, 'Tropical Fever', which was subsequently published in an anthology by Harper Collins. Since then, Josephine has won several other literary prizes and is a member of UK’s Society of Authors and UK Society of Women Writers & Journalists. She lives in West Sussex, England. Find out more at www.josephinechia.com.