Funny Not Funny: Writing Humour

If you’re not funny, this workshop is not for you. Gwee Li Sui –– author of books such as Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems?, The Other Merlion and Friends, and Spiaking Singlish –– cannot help you in that department. But, if you enjoy a good laugh and want to spread the joy around by writing, then this merrymaking workshop welcomes you! Gwee will explain some basics to humour writing and then guide you on how to structure or tailor your gags. Participants are expected to write during the session, so be warned, idle kings or queens!

This workshop will be 2 hours long and conducted on Zoom.

Production: By Gwee Li Sui
Event venue: Online
Buy Link: https://wfh-stepinsidejuly.peatix.com/
Event price: $10
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14 May 2020, THU
16 May 2020, SAT
11am – 1pm

Event Date(s): 2020-05-14 00:00:00
Event start date: 2020-05-14 00:00
Event end date: 2020-05-16 00:00
Custom Event Date(s): Various Dates & Timings
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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.

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Creativity Under Constraint: Finding Peace in Isolation

How does being cooped up at home feel? Are you suffering from cabin fever? Are you lapping up the seclusion? In these interesting times, how might one immerse oneself in this unique situation, and use it to generate writing? In the first half of this session, participants share their personal experience navigating this circuit breaker. In the second half, we’ll engage in a writing exercise, and read aloud our new work in this safe, open space. Facilitated by poet and fictionist Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, this 2-hour workshop will be conducted online. Participants will receive a set of readings specially curated for this event.

This workshop will be 2 hours long and conducted on Zoom.

Production: By Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
Event venue: Online
Buy Link: https://wfh-stepinsidejuly.peatix.com/
Event price: $10
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9 May 2020, SAT | 11am – 1pm
16 May 2020, SAT | 3pm – 5pm

Event Date(s): 2020-05-09 00:00:00
Event start date: 2020-05-09 00:00
Event end date: 2020-05-16 00:00
Custom Event Date(s): Various Dates & Timings
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Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of a novel, quasi-memoir, five hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. Founding editor of Squircle Line Press, he has edited more than 20 books and co-produced three audiobooks. The former journalist is the recipient of numerous awards, including 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.

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Patrick Yee's Magical World of Illustration 余广达的魔幻画笔工作坊

In this parent-and-child workshop/talk, illustrator Patrick Yee will share some simple drawing techniques and how he created all the wonderful characters featured in his picture books. Participants will also have a chance to create and draw their own books, as Yee will provide some hands-on art activities which incorporate interesting ways of teaching young children Mandarin, so as to motivate them to be more comfortable expressing themselves in the language. Materials will be provided. Limited quantity available. Conducted in Mandarin.

余广达的魔幻画笔工作坊 . 余广达将在他的魔幻画笔工作坊里,分享如何利 用简单的绘画技术和媒介,创作出插图本里的精 彩角色。透过一些美术活动,他也会传授一些有 趣的教学方法,教导孩子们学习华语,借此鼓励 孩子利用华语表达自己。 活动材料将以先到先得的方式领取,数量有限。 (时长约1小时30分钟。) 讲座以华语进行。

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To prioritise the health and well-being of our guests, please take note that we will be conducting temperature screening at the event. If you are feeling unwell or have travelled/just returned from China, South Korea, Iran, Northern Italy and Japan in the past two weeks, we seek your understanding to observe the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health. Thank you.

Event venue: Blue Room
Registration Link: https://patrickyeemagicalworldillustration.peatix.com/
Event price: Free With Registration
Event Date(s): 2021-03-15 15:30:00
Event start date: 2020-03-15 00:00
Event end date: 2020-03-15 00:00
Custom Event Date(s): 15 Mar 2020
Custom Event Time(s): Sun 3.30pm - 5pm
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StoryFest 2019: Workshop - Leadership and Storytelling by Dr. Edmund Chow (Singapore)

Charismatic leaders are those who have learned to tell powerful stories to inspire organizations, to build shared histories and identities, and to galvanise communities towards a social or political cause. Yet for many leaders, the narrative approach has been misconstrued as ‘mere talk’, soft and fluffy words that neither quantify return on investment (ROIs) nor meet performance targets.

In this experiential workshop, participants will understand the elements of narrative, use symbols to tell organizational and personal stories, apply a simple template, and ‘perform’ to an audience with immediate feedback, so that the perception of one’s leadership quality can be better strengthened through linguistic and non-linguistic cues.

Production: Co-presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Living Room
Event price: $20
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Event Date(s): 2019-06-21 02:00:00
Event start date: 2019-06-21 02:00
Event end date: 2019-06-21 02:00
Custom Event Date(s): 21 Jun 2019, Fri
Custom Event Time(s): 2pm - 4pm
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About Dr. Edmund Chow

Dr. Edmund Chow has an MA from New York University (2008) and a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, UK (2016). As an educator and applied theatre practitioner, he has used creativity and imagination in the arts for more than 18 years. Edmund implemented a Prison Theatre and life-skills programme in Kaki Bukit Centre Prison School, and has volunteered on rehabilitation programmes at the Woodbourne Correctional Facilities in New York.
Edmund has taught in secondary schools, prisons, universities and business schools. He completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Leadership and Communication at INSEAD Business School, where he used experiential pedagogies such as storytelling and improvisations to develop a communications and leadership module for MBA and Executive MBA classes across Europe, Singapore, and Middle East campuses. He currently heads the MA Arts Pedagogy & Practice programme at LASALLE.
He was a recipient of the New York University Educational Theatre William Vorenberg Award for Directing in 2007; and was nominated for excellence in academic achievement and leadership with the Pi Lambda Theta Rho Leadership Award by NYU in 2008. Edmund was a finalist at the 3-Minute Thesis Competition at the University of Manchester in 2015.
Edmund has garnered three speaking awards from the Professional Speakers Academy in London, has appeared as an expert guest on Talking Point on Channel News Asia and is a TEDx public speaking coach.

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Contemplating Mortality: Writing About Illness & Death Workshop

Death and illness are difficult things to write about. In understanding both as universal phenomena for all of us, we are moved to contemplate their presence, their importance. Beyond denial and taboo, there is a vast good that arrives with such coming to terms. There is great comfort in reflection, honesty, succour, and acceptance. Join Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé in this safe and open workshop space, where participants share their own insights on how to navigate these complex subjects. The first 15 participants will receive a complimentary copy of the quasi-memoir, The Good Day I Died.

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To prioritise the health and well-being of our guests, please take note that we will be conducting temperature screening at the event. If you are feeling unwell or have travelled/just returned from China, South Korea, Iran, Northern Italy and Japan in the past two weeks, we seek your understanding to observe the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health. Thank you.

Production: Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
Event venue: Council Room
Buy Link: https://contemplatingmorality.peatix.com/
Event price: $15
Event Date(s): 2021-03-14 15:00:00
Event start date: 2020-03-14 00:00
Event end date: 2020-03-15 00:00
Custom Event Date(s): 14 & 15 Mar 2020
Custom Event Time(s): Sat & Sun, 3pm - 5pm
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