News Details | 20-Jan-2012

NTU invites writers for prestigious residency

Singaporean creative writers are invited to apply for the 2012 Singapore Writing Residency (National), based at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

NTU’s Division of English hosts the residency, which enables a writer to spend up to a year working on a literary project while attached to NTU’s Creative Writing Programme.  The selected writer will take up the position in August 2012.

The residency, a partnership between NTU and the National Arts Council, allows established authors to devote themselves to a major written work. Writers may specialise in any literary genre including poetry, fiction, playwriting, creative non-fiction, or multimedia writing.

Associate Professor Neil Murphy, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) at NTU's College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and Head of the Division of English said, “The Singapore Writers Residency allows writers time and space to work on a creative project. The residency also offers an opportunity for a writer to benefit from a nurturing, creative environment, and, in turn, to contribute to teaching and creative mentoring here at NTU.” 

The writer selected for the residency will get to work alongside an international writer-in-residence and will teach a creative writing course per semester, as well as acting as a mentor to creative writing students.  The writer will also participate in public readings and literary arts activities in Singapore. The position comes with remuneration on the academic salary scale and research funds of up to $10,000. 

The current 2011 Singapore Writers Residency (National) is held by award-winning writer Grace Chia Krakovic, who is writing a novel and publishing a collection of poetry while at NTU.

Sharing her experience as a writer-in-residence at NTU, Ms Chia Krakovic said, “Writers usually write in isolation.  But this residency enables me to write in a stimulating environment and gives me a chance to engage the students, some of whom are budding writers struggling with their voices.  Having been away from Singapore for more than 10 years, this residency is also somewhat of a homecoming for me personally.  It gives me the space to write about home, homelessness and the issues of identity that we are constantly grappling with as modern and cosmopolitan Singaporeans.”  

Ms Chia Krakovic, who has lived in over 40 cities throughout North America, Europe, Australasia and Asia over the last decade, has written books and articles under her maiden name, Grace Chia, including womango, a poetry collection published in 1998, a children’s book on Mongolia in 2003 by Times Book Publishing, and a book about real estate agents in Singapore in 2006. 

She has read at many international venues, including the Austin International Poetry Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival in Brisbane, National Young Writers Festival in Newcastle, Australia, as well as the University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Santa Barbara and University of California-Santa Clara. As part of an artistic multimedia ensemble, she also performed her poetry in the UK at the Royal College of Art and Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Application details and further information about the Singapore Writing Residencies are available at:  

Applications close on Friday, 2 March 2012.

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Media contact:

Feisal Abdul Rahman
Senior Assistant Director (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 6687 

About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences.  In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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