Published on 02 May 2023

New writers inject fresh ideas in renewed creative writing programme

Over the next two years, emerging and experienced writers in Singapore can look forward to a variety of exciting courses from the Asia Creative Writing Programme (ACWP), as leading international and local writers are appointed as Visiting Writers to teach creative writing workshops and masterclasses.

In a significant boost for writers and the literary arts scene in Singapore, the National Arts Council (NAC) and NTU School of Humanities have agreed to renew the joint ACWP initiative for an additional two years for 2023 and 2024.

In May 2023, ACWP brings 2022 Booker Prize-shortlisted and multiple award-winning Irish writer, Claire Keegan, to Singapore. Her works have won numerous awards and are translated into more than thirty languages. 

Award-winning Malaysian writer Dr Mawar Safei, recipient of the 2018 SEA Write Award, and Dr Suneel Krishnan, recipient of the 2018 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar award, will also come to Singapore in 2023 as Visiting Writers for ACWP.

The ACWP is a milestone creative writing programme for the literary arts sector that aims to provide capability development opportunities for writers at different stages of their artistic practice, across all four official languages. Under the programme, Visiting Writers mentor and guide emerging, developing and advanced writers in Singapore through classes and workshops. 

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