Golden Point Award Workshop Series: English Poetry


Poetry competitions are undeniably subjective. But certain trends do arise in the way judges have agreed on what makes for a winning poem or set of poems. This workshop will explore and debate such trends through a short writing exercise. Participants will be guided and asked to engage in this exercise with a heightened attention to aspects of theme, tone, the establishment of a personal or cultural context, and the consistency of poetic voice. How to use a good metaphor, what is or isn't a cliché, authentic uses of Singlish, to rhyme or not to rhyme, levels of accessibility, literary experimentation – all of such dimensions of writing poetry will be openly discussed in relation to this specific exercise. Participants are encouraged to keep an open mind and learn to take on crucial, sometimes painful, editorial decisions. Finally, the workshop will tackle the issue of audience or readership, the challenges of achieving universality, and how writing for a specific audience can affect the style and tone of your poetry in surprising to life-changing ways.

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Golden Point Award Workshop Series: English Short Stories

About Cyril Wong

Cyril Wong is the Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of poetry collections such as Unmarked Treasure, Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light, The Dictator's Eyebrow and After You. He has also published Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me and Other Stories and a novel, The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza. Cyril has served as a mentor under the Creative Arts Programme and the Mentor Access Project, as well as a judge for the Golden Point Awards for English Poetry. A past recipient of the National Arts Council's Young Artist Award for Literature, he completed his doctoral degree in English Literature at the National University of Singapore in 2012. His poems have been anthologised in Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (W. W. Norton 2008) and Chinese Erotic Poems (Everyman's Library 2007).

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Sat Jun 6, 2015
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM SGT
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Goodman Arts Centre Meeting Room 3
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