Was at the Starting Out panel discussion over at the Arts Museum. Listened in, asked a question, met some people. And hello, if you happen to be passing by this corner of the internet =).
In any case, the question that I asked (and shook up my nerves, especially when it has been a long time since I had done any sort of presentation or speaking in public) was: Much has been said about how writers are now better able to connect to both readers and writers, but is it more a case of writers connecting with other writers?
My point was, despite the tremendous boon of availability, exposure and variety afforded by the internet, local writers are still largely unseen and unheard by the general public (ironic, considering that writing involves being seen and heard). A member of the audience suggested a show of hands, and on a rough count, about half considered themselves writers. Not too bad, but the panel did admit writers were a fairly cliquish bunch, although the distinction becomes less clear when one considers that dedicated readers tend to write as well (and vice versa).
For the most part, it was interesting, exhilarating and a good break from routine. I bought a copy of Ceriph on the way out, probably will read it in camp.
So that’s it for now.
From the Civic Life blog:
Enter Writing the City – an online space where writers from Singapore, and beyond, can post their writing, read work by others, receive feedback and ask the questions they want to ask. The 8 panel writers will take an active role in creating this, with competitions, feedback and opportunities for new writers. So rather than going home after a great event thinking ‘but what can I do now?’, new and emerging writers in the audience have a place to go. More than anything, it’s a way to be in touch with other writers, which can only be a recipe for things to happen…
Writing the City will be open to the public in December 2010.