Writers are generally difficult human beings. Tetchy, idiosyncratic, quirky, difficult to please - you may have heard all these adjectives applied at various points to writers in general and poets in particular.
But sometimes, poets need poets. Who better to understand the challenges of piecing together a labyrinth of words? And who best to give feedback than someone who's been reading your work for a while, and knows your techniques, your idiosyncrasies, your craft, and is pretty good at poetry herself...?
We believe that regular workshops where 6-8 poets share their own poems each session for tough, critical feedback are the best means for writers to grow.
THE IMAGE-SYMBOL DEPARTMENT
"The Image-Symbol Department is a collective of poets in their twenties that meet monthly to do (terrible) things to each others' poems. Founded by Joshua Ip, Pooja Nansi & Ann Ang after the first Singapore Poetry Writing Month (SingPoWriMo) in 2014, the Department has since performed at the Singapore Writers' Festival 2014, and several of its writers are working on their first collections.
They believe in snacks, forgiveness, hard work and honest living.
Contact Email: tsehaoguang at gmail dot com.
MINISTRY OF NOISE
Ministry of Noise (MoN) is a collective of spoken word poets who meet monthly to workshop new poems and performance ideas. We welcome and encourage a huge variety of styles and perspectives. We aim to provide a space for spoken word poets to share skills, critique one another's work and improve on their writing and performance technique.
This year, we hope to work with spoken word poets in various stages of their poetry careers to develop their writing and performance skills to create a high quality 20-30 minute solo show of their own. For inquiries, please contact us at ministry dot noise at gmail dot com.
INSERT COOL NAME HERE
Insert Cool Name Here (this is a working title, really) is the latest workshop group spawned from SingPoWriMo 2015. We meet once a month to argue (civilly) about line breaks, critique poetry, and hope that a cool name for the group will spontaneously present itself. Please email us at ruth dot tangyn at gmail dot com for inquiries or name suggestions.
BURN AFTER READING
Burn After Reading (aka BAR or BARPo) is a community of young and emerging poets and writers founded and supported by Jacob Sam-La Rose and Jasmine Cooray in London, which has since spread to Singapore under the patronage of Pooja Nansi and Joshua Ip. We represent and appreciate a diverse range of poetics from "spoken word" to "page" and points in between. We write, we read, we perform, we publish— as widely as possible. We celebrate the importance of understanding craft, and of investing in our immediate and wider communities. We acknowledge the fact that there's always something to learn.
START YOUR OWN
If you're interested in starting your own peer-driven workshop, um, just go ahead. It's a free country.
If you need help and advice in the process of running a writing workshop, drop a mail to joshua dot ip dot man at gmail dot com.
Where possible, I can also link you up with established poets who may be interested in coming in to help out on a session by session basis. Fees are to be negotiated directly with the poets.