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 of art as well as a terrific family saga, was available for signing. Claire is originally from Hong Kong, and the 3rd edition of her book was printed in Hong Kong by Regal Publishing. – Summary by Heather Diamond
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 the prohibitive cost of lawyers and taking someone to court in Hong Kong, we all keenly waited for her advice on how we could defend ourselves should the situation arise! It seems that the most common route for this is for the libel to be considered as fair opinion as thought of by honest men and women and for the writer to immediately issue an apology. In that way, extremely expensive court action can usually be avoided. However she stressed that as a writer, you are ‘on your own’. She gave some fascinating examples of cases in Hong Kong and queries from WiPS members about constitutes a libel (especially those who were in the process of writing) moved the discussion towards possible infringement of copyright law. All in all, a really worthwhile evening so many thanks Jane for enlightening us all on this very relevant topic. (Reported by Sarah Cook)
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 Brattle‘s touching and true story about an encounter with a mother in a hairdressing salon who was preparing to visit her son in prison, the animated performance by Susan Lavender of her ode to gerunds and many more.
A workshop led by Xu Xi
International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation
You read, you write, you wish you wrote more. Or maybe you know a great story in another language that you’d love to translate into English for publication. If this is you (or who you wish you could be), join our free workshop to write beyond your borders.
When: Saturday 2 March from 1000 to 1230 hrs
Where: WYND Yu Yuet Lai Building 10/F, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Xu will lead you through a series of writing exercises to help unlock the creative writer in you. She will talk about the writing life and offer an information session on the International MFA.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Born to be the Boss Startup Conference
Thursday, 29 November 2018
theDesk, 20/F Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
Today, in order to manage our writing careers, we need to be entrepreneurs. In fact, many authors and writers who dive into the publishing world soon discover they are running a business. Some refer to it as the rise of the “author entrepreneur”, but either way to be an effective business owner requires good skills, practices and connections. Should you be interested in developing your entrepreneurial mindset, the JEM group is delighted to welcome WiPS members to join their upcoming “Born to be the Boss” Startup Conference. Not only will you hear from a great line-up of entrepreneurial speakers but part of the proceeds will go to a good cause — to help low income entrepreneurs from impoverished regions of the world on the poverty-alleviating website Kiva.
WiPS members can enjoy a special 10% discount off all ticket classes by entering the promotional code WIPS on the Born to be the Boss registration page on Eventbrite. For more details, please contact Janet Middlemiss on (852) 9195 7829 or at email@example.com
Relocating from Singapore to Tokyo and then to Hong Kong within a year in 2007 wasn’t easy for my family of four. But realizing we might stick around for at least a few years allowed me to settle in.
I picked up brushes and canvases from the art store in Wan Chai and began the artistic journey that I had originally contemplated while living in the US in 2000. My first exhibit in Hong Kong was at home with the help of a few friends. I sold a couple of my favourite paintings and that nudged me forward. It was a tough journey but I never wavered.
In 2013, I was awarded an Honorary Prize for “Best Impressionistic Style Painting” at the Master of Art International Art Prize in London. I literally fell off my seat as I wasn’t expecting any recognition, let alone an award. In the meantime, I took a graphic design course and started to write freelance for Hong Kong Living as I wanted to make the most of my Masters in English Literature. I aIso undertook an internship at an art magazine, ArtAsiaPacific, and learned a lot about the publishing world. I won the Justice Centre Choice Award for the Human Rights Art Prize 2015 for my acrylic painting, “If Only I Could Fly”. Using this success, I applied and exhibited at various locations in Hong Kong, Osaka, and Kuala Lumpur.
Now as an editor for Southside Magazine at Hong Kong Living, I have come to realize the value of time and doing what we enjoy in life. And yes, I still paint on the weekend. You see me socializing less but hey, I’m enjoying the journey!