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 main events over the next 12 months and requests that members try to attend at least four of the five. The first of these is “Truth and Memoir” (13 November 2019 from 6.30-9 pm) in the Hughes Room, Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Central. It is a subsidized event for current members. Between these events, Jo Farrell will coordinate a no-charge get-together for members on the first Tuesday of every month. The first will be on 3 December 2019 starting at 7 pm at Club 71, 67 Hollywood Road, Central. Just come along, buy your own drinks and bring anyone with you who might be interested in networking. Plans are also in the pipeline to form a writing critique group, and to hold workshops on publishing-related topics.
Three sub-committees have been formed and Suzanne is appealing to members to assist in these. Carol Dyer will coordinate Imprint. Jo Farrell will handle Social Media. And Suzanne herself will take care of Events. Several members have signed up to support these sub-committees, but we need more. If you can offer help, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was a fabulous evening of catching up with friends and getting to know new faces. Best of all was a renewed commitment to continue the WiPS legacy. We express our sincere gratitude to those many members who attended. Paying tribute to Sarah Merrill Mowat for the wonderful work she has done for WiPS during her presidency, Suzanne presented Sarah with a bouquet of flowers as a token of the Society’s appreciation.
International Writers’ Workshop is delighted to announce Mr. Nam Le, winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize, as their featured writer for the 2019 Distinguished Writers Series hosted by the International Writers’ Workshop (IWW) at Hong Kong Baptist University in early October.
Author of the celebrated short story collection The Boat and the new nonfiction book On David Malouf: Writers on Writers, Mr. Le is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, and the International Dylan Thomas Prize, etc. Enclosed please find a short biography of Mr. Le for your reference.
IWW’s Distinguished Writers Series hosts a prominent international writer each year with a public reading on campus, a master class with students, and a public conversation with a Hong Kong-based writer.
9 October 2019 (Wednesday) | 15:00 – 16:30
Tsang Chan Sik Yue Auditorium (AAB 201)
2/F Academic and Administration Building, Hong Kong Baptist University (Baptist University Road Campus), Kowloon Tong
Nam Le in Conversation
Dr. Tammy Lai-Ming Ho (Department of English Language and Literature (Moderator)
10 October 2019 (Thursday) | 18:00 – 19:30
Council Chamber (SWT 501), 5/F Shaw Tower, Hong Kong Baptist University (Shaw Campus), Kowloon TongBoth events are free & open to the public. If you are interested, simply register here: https://forms.gle/
IWW was founded in 2004 as a signature programme of the Faculty of Arts in support of excellence in the literary arts. For enquiries, please contact us at 3411 2510 (Miss Denise Tam) or 3411 7173 (Miss Diana Au), or email@example.com.
This will be released on October 25th, 2019
on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Auscast Network
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‘FOOL ME TWICE’
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Jules Hannaford was successful and happy in her life and her job, but was still lonely. She turned to online dating as a last resort, after being single for more than a decade. It seemed she was consistently meeting men who were not good enough. One after another, they seemed only to want to swindle her out of her money, and she was getting frustrated.
Finally, she met a man who had his life together. Truman was a successful project manager at a construction firm, and seemed as excited as Jules was about the possibility of building a life with someone special.
Jules travelled across the world to meet him, and the fairy tale immediately began to unravel. All was not as it seemed.
This podcast is an exploration of the world of sweetheart scams, catfishing, and the ugly side of online dating.
The application period is open for The SmokeLong Flash Fellowship for Emerging Writers (deadline Oct 15, 2019). Writers who are 18+, who write in English and have no chapbook- or book-length work published or under contract are eligible.
The prize for this year-long virtual fellowship is $1000 ($200 upon winning the fellowship and $200 for each of 4 stories workshopped and published in the 2020 quarterly issues of SmokeLong Quarterly). The entry fee is $8, but there is also a free-entry option for writers on a low income.
This is a great opportunity for an emerging writer to gain experience at a literary journal. The fellow will work closely with the SmokeLong staff, reading and commenting on submissions, fully integrated into the editorial process of the journal. With three SmokeLong editors each quarter, the fellow will workshop three stories, one of which will be chosen for publication.
The fellows have won/been included in Best of the Net, The Best Small Fictions, and the Wigleaf Top 50. More information about the fellowship: http://www.smokelong.com/fello