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Workshop: Personalising the Political by writer Balli Kaur Jaswal

5 Sep 2020, Sat 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road

How can we personalise the political? What is the role of storytelling in our understanding of current events? Narrative writing can distill headlines and issues to individual experience, and remind us of our personal stake in a world of multitudes. In this creative writing workshop, participants will draw from the global sociocultural landscape to create fictions that illuminate the stories of individuals in the context of wider events. Activities will include guided writing exercises and critical feedback sessions to deepen our understanding of character, form, tension, and resolution.

Workshop Fee: $12
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Balli Kaur Jaswal (Singapore) is the author of four novels, including Singapore Literature Prize finalist Sugarbread, and the bestselling Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, which was a selection of Reese Witherspoon’s book club. Her debut novel Inheritance won the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelist award. A former writing fellow at the University of East Anglia, she teaches creative writing at Yale-NUS College. Jaswal’s non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times,, Harper’s Bazaar India and, among other publications. Her latest novel The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters was released internationally in 2019.


This is an education programme of the exhibition Non-Aligned.

Image: Courtesy Balli Kaur Jaswal. Background: The Otolith Group, Nucleus of the Great Union (film still), 2017. Courtesy the artists and LUX, London.


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