Creative Writing Residency calls for international applications
Calling published writers of all stripes and any nationality – apply now for the Creative Writing Residency, and spend a year to complete a work and mentor new writers in Singapore. For the first time, the Residency, jointly launched by the National University of Singapore’s University Scholars Programme (NUS USP) and The Arts House, is inviting applications from all over the world.
Funded by both NUS USP and The Arts House to the tune of SGD60,000, the programme aims to provide time, opportunity and a conducive environment for the writer to complete a written work in English; as well as to mentor students and potential writers in Singapore to stimulate new writing through public programmes organised by the writer.
On the move to go international, Mr William Phuan, Director of Programmes and Marketing at The Arts House, says: “The Residency grew out of the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and The Arts House (TAH) Fellowship Programme which was only open to local writers previously. But we decided to open this new Residency up to the rest of the world as we felt Singapore is ready to be an international hub for writing and writers. We want to make it more competitive and pick the best applicant, either local or foreign, who will not only produce a good piece of work, but also mentor and work with students and emerging writers here.”
The original Fellowship was launched in 2004 to enable emerging local writers to create new works and guide young writing talent. It was awarded to writer-director Huzir Sulaiman and artist Kaylene Tan.
Another new feature is that this will be a truly residential residency. The writer will be staying at the USP residential college, Cinnamon College, in the new NUS University Town. The writer is expected to participate fully in a creative residential life.
Prof John Richardson, Director of USP, says: "With the USP community of students, teachers and administrative staff coming together as a residential college in the new Academic Year August 2011, we are gearing towards a new model of teaching and learning integrated into residential life. Bringing a creative writer resident into USP will both add something to the college environment and help some of our students develop and flourish as writers. We don't know if there's a great novel or script in any of them. But we might soon find out.”
The Residency will last from August 2011 to July 2012. The selected writer, who must have been published already, will be given a monthly stipend, lodging, time, and space to create a new work in English and to conduct public programmes involving young writing talents. The written work can be in any of the following genres: prose, verse, stage play, radio play or screenplay. It should be of a standard ready for publication in print or electronic media and a public reading/lecture by the end of the Residency.
The Resident is required to mentor a maximum of six students at NUS and six potential writing talents at The Arts House, as well as conduct weekly workshops at Cinnamon College. Both mentorships and workshops will result in a deliverable outcome, for instance, in the form of two simple publications.
Applicants will be chosen by a selection committee, based on her or his artistic excellence and potential, as well as the strength of the proposal for public programmes and mentorship during the Residency. The closing date for the application is 13 May 2011.
For more information on the Creative Writing Residency and its application, please log on to www.usp.nus.edu.sg/happenings/2011/creative_writing_residency.html or www.theartshouse.com.sg/residency2011.html.
Ms Ng Yun Sian
Associate Director, Corporate Communications
University Scholars Programme, NUS
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The Arts House
Ms Kirstie Wong
Executive, Marketing and Communications
The Arts House (managed by The Old Parliament House Limited)
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About NUS USP
The University Scholars Programme (USP) is an interdisciplinary academic programme for NUS undergraduates, offering the freedom to explore across disciplines, a wide range of extracurricular and overseas opportunities, and a close community of exceptionally motivated and talented students. The aim is to produce graduates with the intellectual rigour, initiative, and innovative spirit to make significant contributions to society.
To this end, we provide an environment for exploration, collaboration, and creative discovery. Our unique modules are designed to develop interdisciplinary thinking. Learning extends beyond the classroom through a wide range of research, internship, community involvement, and study abroad opportunities. Perhaps most important of all, our students learn from each other by working and discussing together in a host of different settings.
About The Arts House
Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was Singapore’s first Parliament House, The Arts House since its opening in 2004 has been offering its visitors a broad spectrum of activities ranging from contemporary arts and entertainment events to lifestyle options, while playing an active role in the Singapore arts and creative scene.
From 2011, The Arts House will focus on the development of Literary Arts in Singapore as it continues to support and present programmes and events that aim to give a wider and multi-disciplinary experience. The Arts House is managed by The Old Parliament House Ltd.