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2024 IWW Literary Festival

 

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The International Writers’ Workshop (IWW) is excited to host our annual Literary Festival from 11-13 March 2024 showcasing our 2024 Writers-in-Residence and Special Guests in celebration of the IWW’s 20th anniversary. This year’s theme “Origins and Futures” explores the evolution of the IWW and its future directions, including the role of emerging technologies in the literary arts. Please register for our events below and get to know our visiting international writers!

11 March 2024 (Monday)

International Writers’ Workshop

Origins & Futures: An Opening Keynote Conversation

Time: 11:00-13:00

Venue: WLB 103, The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies,HKBU

Moderator: Mr. James Shea (Associate Director, IWW)

Panelists:

  • Prof. Chung Ling (Founder of IWW & former Dean of Arts)
  • Mr. Christopher Merrill (Director, International Writing Program, University of Iowa)
  • Ms. Brit Bildøen (2011 IWW alumnus, Norway)
  • Prof. Stuart Christie (Director, IWW & Executive Associate Dean of Arts)

Join this Opening Keynote Conversation on the history, evolution, and future development of the International Writers’ Workshop.

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11 March 2024 (Monday)

Literary Reading featuring Special Guests

Time: 17:30-19:00

Venue: Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Communication and Visual Arts Building, HKBU

Moderator: Mr. David McKirdy

Participants:

  • Prof. Chung Ling (Founder of IWW & former Dean of Arts)
  • Mr. Christopher Merrill (Director, International Writing Program, University of Iowa)
  • Ms. Brit Bildøen (2011 IWW alumnus, Norway)
  • Ms. Nguyen Phan Que Mai (2012 IWW alumnus, Vietnam)
  • Ms. Alecia McKenzie (2015 IWW alumnus, Jamaica)
  • Ms. Lin Bai ( 2016 IWW alumnus, Mainland China)
  • Prof. Kyoko Yoshida (2019 IWW alumnus, Japan)

Enjoy literary works as performed by our Special Guests, including the founder of the International Writers’ Workshop and award-winning international authors.

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12 March 2024 (Tuesday)

English Writing Workshop: “Developing Voice”

Time: 11:00-12:30

Venue: OEM1018, Oen Hall Building (Main Building), HSH Campus, HKBU

Instructor Mr. Ronnie Scott: (Fiction writer, Australia)

Language: English

Quota: 25 (HKBU students only)

Voice is one of the most vital elements of creative writing but one of the hardest to pin down. Maybe it can't be pinned down. Maybe it shouldn't be. So how can creative writers work with voice, using it to guide drafting processes and shape elements from topic to structure? This workshop will focus on identifying elements of writing that make up voice, experimenting with those elements in your own creative writing, and evaluating the effects of the experiments.

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12 March 2024 (Tuesday)

Panel Discussion: “Creative Writing in the University”

Time: 16:00-17:30

Venue: AAB402K & AAB402L Learning Common Room, Academic and Administration Building, HKBU

Moderator: Dr. Jason Polley (Department of English Language and Literature)

Panelists:

  • Prof. Kyoko Yoshida (2019 IWW alumnus, Japan)
  • Prof. Ana Merino (Fiction writer & poet, Spain & USA)
  • Mr. Azam Abidov (Poet, Uzbekistan)

This panel discussion featuring writers from Japan, Spain, and Uzbekistan explores the rise of creative writing as an academic discipline in the university setting.

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13 March 2024 (Wednesday)

Chinese Writing Workshop: “The Music of Cantonese Poetry”

Time: 11:00-12:30

Venue: OEM1018, Oen Hall Building (Main Building), HSH Campus, HKBU

Instructor: Mr. Keith Liu 池荒懸先生 (Poet and former Hong Kong Writer-in-Residence, Chinese Writers’ Workshop, HKBU)

Language: Cantonese

Quota: 25 (HKBU students only)

Hong Kong poets often draw inspiration from international poetry. They are also good at "using local materials." They not only weave what they see and feel into their poems, but they also write and read their works in their mother tongue. Poet Keith Liu will use lyrics, naamyam 南音, and modern poetry as examples to explore the music of Cantonese and its possibilities in the creation of modern poetry.

香港的詩人常常從國際詩歌吸取養分,同時也善於「就地取材」,不單把生活上所見所感織進詩句之間,更以母語創作和朗讀自己的作品。池荒懸將以歌詞、南音和現代詩作為例子,和學員一起去探索廣東話的聲音特性,及其在現代詩創作上的一些可能性。

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13 March 2024 (Wednesday)

18th Annual English Short Story Writing Competition Award Ceremony (Language Centre)

Time: 14:00-15:00

Venue: Trans-disciplinary Discovery Commons (TDDC), 2/F, Au Shue Hung Memorial Library, Shaw Campus, HKBU

Attend this award ceremony featuring the winners of the 18th Annual English Short Story Writing Competition and listen to a talk titled “Against Craft: What Can and Cannot Be Taught about Writing” given by the judge Ms. Karen Cheung.

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13 March 2024 (Wednesday)

Panel Discussion: “Revolutionising the Literary Arts: the Impact of AI”

Time: 16:00-17:30

Venue: AAB402K & AAB402L Learning Common Room, Academic and Administration Building, HKBU

Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Harrington (Department of English Language and Literature)

Panelists:

  • Dr. Benjamin Horn (Aither Entertainment)
  • Ms. Alecia McKenzie (2015 IWW alumnus, Jamaica)
  • Mr. Gabriel Awuah Mainoo (Poet, Ghana)

Listen to the writers sharing their diverse insights about the use of emerging technologies and the changing nature of writing.

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13 March 2024 (Wednesday)

AI English Poetry Competition Award Ceremony

Time: 17:30-18:00

Venue: AAB402K & AAB402L Learning Common Room, Academic and Administration Building, HKBU

Enjoy the winning poems from the IWW’s inaugural AI English Poetry Competition. The winners will be announced at this Award Ceremony and you can hear commentary on the winning poems provided by the judge Dr. Daniel Howe.

No registration required.


13 March 2024 (Wednesday)

Literary Reading with OutLoud HK

Time: 20:00

Venue:  The Aftermath (L/G, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Hong Kong) in collaboration with OutLoudHK and Peel Street Poets

Listen to our IWW writers sharing their work at this Open Mic event in Central.

No registration required.