Finding Inner Peace: The Art of Spiritual Writing

What meaning does life hold for you? What spiritual lessons have been especially illuminating? If you could pen these contemplative insights, what wisdom or struggle would be articulated? In a world that has slowed down, many people are finding time to reflect on their own life purpose. In the first session of this two-part workshop, participants discuss some contemporary texts exploring spiritual identity and practice; at the same time, we will share our own personal journeying in such introspection. A writing exercise will help participants generate new work, which we will together read and discuss in the second session within this safe, open space. Facilitated by award-winning author Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, this event will be conducted online. Participants receive a set of readings specially curated for this event.

Production: By Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
Event venue: Online
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Event price: $40
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11 Jul 2020, SAT
12 Jul 2020, SUN
3pm – 5pm

Event start date: 2020-07-10 16:00
Event end date: 2020-07-10 16:00
Custom Event Date(s): 11 - 12 JUL 2020, SAT & SUN
3pm – 5pm
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Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of a novel, quasi-memoir, two lyric essay monographs, four hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. He has also edited more than 20 books and co-produced three audio-books. A former journalist, Desmond received his theology masters (world religions) from Harvard University and fine arts masters (creative writing) from the University of Notre Dame. Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, and three Living Now Book Awards. He helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor.

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Draw a Laugh: A Comics Workshop with Gwee Li Sui

Everyone loves funny comics–and, if you cannot get enough, why not draw your own? Practice the basics with Gwee Li Sui, author of well-loved titles such as Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems?, The Other Merlion and Friends, and Spiaking Singlish. Gwee will guide you on how to express humour, draw silly characters, create a style, and adapt to different formats. There may also be mystery guests showing up to share their wisdom! At least a talent in drawing stick figures is good enough for this fun-filled and surprising workshop.

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Gwee Li Sui is a poet, a graphic artist, and a literary critic. He wrote Singapore’s first long-form graphic novel in English, Myth of the Stone, in 1993. His works of verse include Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? (1998), One Thousand and One Nights (2014), Who Wants to Buy an Expanded Edition of a Book of Poems? (2015), The Other Merlion and Friends (2015), Haikuku (2017), and Death Wish (2017). Gwee has also edited acclaimed literary anthologies, taught at several universities, and lectured on a range of subjects. He has written FEAR NO POETRY!: An Essential Guide to Close Reading (2014), Spiaking Singlish: A Companion to How Singaporeans Communicate (2017), and The Leeter Tunku (2019), a Singlish translation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.

Production: By Gwee Li Sui
Event venue: Online
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Event price: $20
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11 Jul 2020, SAT
11am – 1pm

Event start date: 2020-07-10 16:00
Event end date: 2020-07-10 16:00
Custom Event Date(s): 11 Jul 2020, SAT
11am – 1pm
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Step Inside: Documenting Our Interior Journey in an Unusual Time (July)

Many people are recording their experience of the COVID-19 pandemic to make sense of things, retain sanity, and remember. This series of 3 workshop sessions aims to give writers the tools to capture the deeper experience behind our current circumstances –– not just what we do (or don’t, or can’t) but to explore our interior experiences and the meanings we create from them. Sessions will focus on responding to writing prompts, sharing writing, and giving and receiving feedback on work from fellow participants and the facilitator.

Please note that attending this workshop series will require all participants to be visible to the facilitator and fellow participants through their web cameras.

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Session 1: Light Within [Fri, 3 July 5pm–7 pm]
In this unprecedented time, what has inspired us? Ignited our resilience? Prompted us to be more adaptable, kinder, more compassionate? Do we see humanity, society, differently now? How do we see ourselves? Have we evolved or changed?

Session 2: The Unexpected [Sat, 4 July 11 am–1 pm]
The experience of the circuit breaker holds many firsts for all of us. Introverts who have prized alone time may have been surprised to find themselves missing spontaneous human interactions. What have we learned about humanity and ourselves –– which we never expected?

Session 3: Dealing with Our ‘Dark’ Emotions [Sun, 5 July 11 am–1 pm]
Anger, resentment, irritation, frustration. What are some of our uncomfortable emotions and reactions that have emerged in response towards circumstances, towards others' behaviours in society, towards people we encounter or live with? Writing prompts invite participants to delve into these experiences and allow themselves to acknowledge complex emotional reaction, as a means of processing them and growing in understanding and compassion for themselves, while crafting them into documentary micro-narratives.

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Melissa De Silva is the author of "Others" is Not a Race, about Eurasians in Singapore. It was awarded the 2018 Singapore Literature Prize in the creative non-fiction category. Her fiction has been published in Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Three, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction.

Production: By Melissa De Silva
Event venue: Online
Buy Link: https://wfh-stepinsidejuly.peatix.com/
Event price: $60
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3 Jul 2020, FRI
5pm - 7pm

4 Jul 2020, SAT
5 Jul 2020, SUN
11am - 1pm

Event Date(s): 2020-07-03 00:00:00|2020-07-04 00:00:00|2020-07-05 00:00:00
Event start date: 2020-07-02 16:00
Event end date: 2020-07-04 16:00
Custom Event Date(s): Various Dates & Timings
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瘟疫词典: 接力一首实在的虚拟情诗 An Epidemic Dictionary: Relaying A Truly Virtual Love Poem

在瘟疫蔓延的极度隔离之际,我们要如何书写失落与分别?封闭宅家之时,我们又当如何记录日常不察且隐微的爱与关怀?获奖诗人学者陈志锐将带领大家一起虚拟书写各人的小诗,共同编写属于我们的瘟疫情典。

How do we write about the loss and separation during the profound isolation of an epidemic? What about the love and care that just may go unnoticed in our everyday routine, especially in a confined household? Facilitated by award-winning poet-scholar-artist Tan Chee Lay, and with each participant contributing individualised poetic entries, we might just be able to edit our mini virtual love dictionary of this epidemic.

Production: By Tan Chee Lay
Event venue: Online
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Event price: $15
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4 Jul 2020, SAT
3pm – 5pm

Event start date: 2020-07-03 16:00
Event end date: 2020-07-03 16:00
Custom Event Date(s): 4 Jul 2020, SAT
3pm – 5pm
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陈志锐副教授曾在东西方求学,获英国剑桥大学汉学博士。他现任南洋理工大学国立教育学院亚洲语言文化学部副主任。作为一名学者作家与艺术工作者,陈志锐曾发起新加坡全国学生文学奖、新加坡诗歌节,并担任东南亚文学奖、新加坡文化奖、金笔奖、新加坡年度书籍奖等评审。他曾获新加坡文学奖、金笔奖、方修文学奖、青年艺术家奖、全国杰出青年奖、陈之初美术奖等。其撰写并主编华文创作、中英文学术论著逾20种。


Writer-artist Tan Chee Lay is Associate Professor of Chinese at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, with a PhD in Chinese literature from Cambridge University. A recipient of the Golden Point Award, Young Artist Award, Singapore Youth Award, Dr Tan Tsze Chor Art Award, he has published over 20 creative writing and academic books, including Landmark Poetics of the Lion City, which won the 2018 Singapore Literature Prize.

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Step Inside: Documenting Our Interior Journey in an Unusual Time

Many people are recording their experience of the current time to make sense of things, retain sanity, and remember. This series of 3 workshop sessions aims to give writers the tools to capture the deeper experience behind our current circumstances –– not just what we do (or don’t, or can’t) but to explore our interior experiences and the meanings we give to them. Sessions will focus on responding to writing prompts, sharing work, and giving and receiving feedback on work from fellow participants and the facilitator.

All sessions will be conducted over Zoom.

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Session 1: Dealing with Our ‘Dark’ Emotions (9 May 2020, 11am – 1pm)

What are some of our uncomfortable emotions and reactions that have emerged in response towards circumstances, towards others' behaviours in society, and towards people we encounter or live with? Writing prompts invite participants to delve into these experiences and allow themselves to acknowledge complex reactions, in the process of crafting them into documentary micro-narratives.


Session 2: The Unexpected (16 May 2020, 11am – 1pm)

This unprecedented time holds many firsts for all of us. Introverts who have prized alone time may now be surprised to find themselves missing spontaneous human interactions. What have we learned about humanity and ourselves –– which we never expected?


Session 3: Light Within (23 May 2020, 11am – 1pm)

What has inspired us? Ignited our resilience? Prompted us to be more adaptable, kinder, more compassionate? Do we see humanity, society, differently now? How do we see ourselves? Have we evolved or changed?

Production: By Melissa De Silva
Event venue: Online
Buy Link: https://wfh-stepinsidejuly.peatix.com/
Event price: $20
Event Price Information:

9 May 2020, SAT
16 May 2020, SAT
23 May 2020, SAT
11AM - 1PM

Event Date(s): 2020-05-09 00:00:00
Event start date: 2020-05-08 16:00
Event end date: 2020-05-22 16:00
Custom Event Date(s): Various Dates & Timings
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Melissa De Silva is the author of "Others" is Not a Race, about Eurasians in Singapore. It was awarded the 2018 Singapore Literature Prize in the creative non-fiction category. Her fiction has been published in Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Three, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction.

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