PROGRAMME DETAILS

First-Page Challenge

Panel Discussions

DATE / TIME

4 Nov, Sat 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
60mins

VENUE

The Arts House, Blue Room
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FESTIVAL PASS EVENT

S$25

LANGUAGE

This session is in English

MODERATED BY

Kristina Tom

DESCRIPTION

Many readers use the first page of a book to gauge whether it’s worth continuing the read. How conscious are writers of this readerly habit, and what do they have to consider when crafting the start of their manuscript? Darryl Whetter, Kirstin Chen and Lavie Tidhar discuss.

FEATURING

Darryl Whetter

Canada/Singapore

Darryl Whetter is the director of the Creative Writing MA programme at Lasalle College of the Arts. He has published three books of fiction and two poetry collections. In his native Canada, his first book was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2003. In the mid-2000s, he regularly reviewed books on national CBC Radio, and nearly 100 of his reviews have appeared in publications such as The Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, National Post, and Detroit’s Metro Times.

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Kirstin Chen

Singapore

Kirstin Chen is the author of the novels Bury What We Cannot Take, forthcoming next year, and Soy Sauce for Beginners, a Kindle First selection, an O, The Oprah Magazine ‘book to pick up now’, and a Glamour book club pick. An NTU-NAC writer in residence, she holds an MFA from Emerson College and a BA from Stanford University. She has received awards from The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. 

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Lavie Tidhar is the author of many short stories, novellas and novels, including Osama (2011), The Violent Century (2013), and A Man Lies Dreaming (2014). He has won the World Fantasy Award, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, and has been nominated for the Premio Roma. His latest novel, Central Station (2016), won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Locus Award. 

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