Dream Storeys: Creative Writing Inspired by Architecture


You’re an architecture buff with an interest in how buildings shape our psyches. Or, perhaps, you are a writer interested in setting and world-building.

Either way, this workshop is your chance to learn how architectural concepts and creative writing can intertwine. Conducted by writer and former Straits Times journalist Clara Chow, Dream Storeys – based on the methodology of her upcoming collection of short stories of the same name – is a chance to practise combining interview skills with the art of fiction.

Program Run down:

4.30 pm - Registration

5.00 pm - Introduction

5.10 pm – A conversation with invited architect, Yen Yen Wu of Genome Architects

5.30 pm – Participants conceptualise their dream buildings

5.50 pm – Writing “Dream Storeys”

6.30pm – Sharing of stories

6.50pm – Questions/Feedback

7.00 pm - End

Speakers/ presenters :

Clara Chow’s short stories have appeared in the Asia Literary Review, Blunderbuss Magazine,CHA: An Asian Literary Journal, Cheat River Review, QLRS and The Stockholm Review of Literature, while her columns and articles have been published in The Straits Times and the South China Morning Post. In 2015, she co-founded the literary and art journal WeAreAWebsite.com. She is the author of Dream Storeys (Ethos), a collection of stories inspired by interviews with architects, launching in November 2016. A former writer-in-residence at the Toji Cultural Center in South Korea, she is at work on a second collection.

Presenter: Clara Chow

Yen Yen Wu studied Architecture at National University of Singapore, then at Columbia University, New York. Upon graduating with a Masters of Architecture, she received an award for ‘Excellence in Design’ given by Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University. Since starting Genome Architects in 2009, her practice’s work has been featured in The Straits Times, The Business Times, TODAY and other publications. She is an adjunct design studio tutor at the National University of Singapore’s School of Architecture.

Presenter: Yen Yen Wu, Genome Architects

In collaboration with:

Established in 1997, Ethos Books is an independent book publisher based in Singapore, and an imprint of Pagesetters Services Pte Ltd, a communications and design house.

A Fringe Event of Archifest 2016:

Archifest is an annual public festival for Singapore to celebrate architecture and the built environment, is organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects, in partnership with Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects. 2016 sees the festival celebrating its 10thanniversary, which will be held from 23 September to 9 October 2016, at Raffles Place Park. The 2016 theme is titled “EXHALE”. Visit www.archifest.sg for more events.

Big thanks to library@orchard for hosting us during its "Future Cities" month, in celebration of architecture.

Held at the beautiful library@orchard (photo credit: www.todayonline.com)

Sat Oct 8, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM SGT
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