Thursday, December 10, 2015

100 WRITERS _____ If you like to make up stories you must join us and fight the robots, so come attend this workshop

As part of my 100 WRITERS project, I’ll be running a short story workshop at next year’s All In! Young Writers Festival in March 2016. Details below. This is organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore. Lovely people and they’ve been doing lots to promote reading, writing and publishing in Singapore. Further down is an interview I did for the event’s Facebook page some weeks back. I share my views about following your passion, developing your talent and making sure that in the coming age of robots we don’t let them kill off our precious human creativity. Imagination is our greatest treasure. See you at the session!

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Fiction Writing – Short Stories: Developing Stories Through Unconventional Stimulus
Don Bosco, Super Cool Books
On 13 March 2016

Short stories can be read in one seating, but can you write one in just three hours? This hands-on session talks about the elements of effective and impactful short stories, and how you can pique the reader’s interest through unconventional and witty methods.

All In! Young Writers Festival is an annual gathering for aspiring writers between the ages of 13 and 25. The festival brings together a wide array of writing mentors and industry professionals in publishing, broadcasting, blogging, creative writing, screenwriting and journalism, among others, to meet, mingle and share their expertise with today’s young writers.

12 & 13 MARCH 2016

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Interview with DON BOSCO

All In! Young Writers Festival 2016 is still a few months away, but our speakers and workshop facilitators are already revved up to meet you all! We’ve asked our speakers about their passion for writing, and here’s what they’ve shared with us:

How did you start writing in your line of work/ writing field/ industry?
When I was younger, like most of my friends, I loved music. I enjoyed listening to it, and I played in indie bands, but I also loved to read about music history and music subcultures. I spent a lot of money buying music magazines. One day it occurred to me that I could try writing music articles. So I wrote for fanzines, small magazines and eventually worked as a music journalist and editor. That was how I learnt about the publishing industry. When I started Super Cool Books four years ago, to publish fiction for teens and kids, I really had to go back to my roots and apply all the stuff I learnt back then, about building a community around your shared passion and creating content that readers are really enthusiastic and crazy about.

What convinced you to pursue a career that had something to do with writing – an event, an opportunity, a book, a friend etc.? 
If you follow the global news, one big trend is that we're clearly moving towards a world with pervasive automation. Some experts predict that in five years or so, we'll have an economy driven by intelligent software, artificial intelligence, driverless cars, robot workers, drones, etc. What meaningful work will there be for us human beings? That's a scary question that nobody is able to answer right now. The only thing that these machines can't do is to make authentic art and create emotional experiences that are meaningful and fresh. And that's why I started Super Cool Books, to dream up stories that will help carry us all across the robot age.

What inspires you to continue doing what you do? 
At this point there's a very strong and genuine connection with readers and industry supporters all over the world. It's something that I take very seriously, because it's quite a rare privilege. I hope I can help other writers develop this connection too.

What opportunities can young writers expect from your line of work? 
The opportunity to dream up something, capture it in words and ship it around the world through the internet, so that other people can share this dream as vividly too.

What message can you share with aspiring young writers out there? 
Use your imagination, share your feelings, have fun. Because everything else the robots will do better.

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Join Don and the rest of the speakers and moderators at All In! Young Writers Festival 2016. Get your tickets here on Facebook or at our website:! Early bird rates are available until 31 January 2016.

See you at the Festival! #ALLINSG2016

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