Authors Heather Diamond, Gillian Bickley, Jason Ng, and publisher Pete Spurrier share their insights on memoir writing with WiPS By Michele Koh Morollo Organized by the WiPS Committee, Truth & Memoir, took place on the evening of 10 December, at the Hughes Room in the Foreign Correspondents’ Club. The event generated a buzz and excitement and was well attended by members of the Hong Women in Publishing Society and a number of [...]
By Connie Lee On the 30th October 2019, members and guests met at the American Club to discuss a way forward for the Society. During the evening it was announced that Suzanne Andrews had agreed to step up as our new president and that WiPS would continue! Poor attendance at events in recent years was one factor that had put the future of WiPS in doubt. Suzanne has proposed holding just five [...]
Imprint 18 has launched! Thank you to all who attended the launch at the FCC last night. It was a fabulous evening. Many thanks to all who contributed to another issue of our wonderful anthology! From Elizabeth Grobler: Friday, 26th April was the launch of Imprint 18, the annual anthology of the Woman in Publishing Society Hong Kong, which consists of Poetry, Humor, Travel and other Essays, Short Stories, Young Writers Short [...]
Our event on 11 March 2019 at the FCC was a big success! Claire Chao, co-author of Remembering Shanghai: a Memoir of Socialites, Scholars, and Scoundrels with her mother, Isabel Sun Chao, fascinated us with backstory about the 10 year process of researching and writing her book as well as sharing valuable information about her decision to self publish and giving advice based on her ongoing marketing journey. Her beautiful book, a work [...]
Jane Moir’s introduction to the world of libel, slander and defamation was extremely interesting and thought-provoking with lively participation from a riveted audience. As a former journalist, Jane has been on the receiving end of defamation letters but luckily, no action was taken. With her current hat on as a barrister in criminal law, her detailed presentation on the various terms used in this form of litigation was very insightful and given [...]
On 29 January 2019, WiPS had an "Open Mic" night to showcase the wide range of work we do. It was a small group (but a perfectly formed one) that gathered together at the Foreign Correspondents' Club. We all had a chance to introduce ourselves and say where we were "coming from" before "saying our piece" which included reading portions of memoirs, poems, travel writing, and Imprint pieces — pieces include Sue [...]
Many thanks to Christine Loh and Peter Gordon for a fascinating discussion about the merits of publishing short books as a way of sharing ideas with a community. We're looking forward to reading No Third Person and reflecting on Christine Loh and Richard Cullen's thoughts on the way forward for Hong Kong. It will be a quick but fascinating read! Look out for other titles in the series: Journey to the West [...]
Thank you to Meg Wolitzer for joining us at the FCC on 9 November for a glass of wine and an engaging conversation about the writing life!
Wednesday, 26 September at the FCC Many thanks to Celia Claase for a wonderful evening with WiPS at the FCC. She inspired us to think about who we are as writers, consider our potential audience, and suggested different platforms to explore to launch our work into the world.
Saturday, 1 September at the JW Marriott Many thanks to Jenny Eagleton for braving the weather and leading a few WiPS members in a session to workshop their submissions for Imprint 18. For those who could not attend, there is still time to work on your submission before the deadline of 30 September. Further submission guidelines may be found here.