The Case for Short Stories

The Case for Short Stories



2 Nov, Sat 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


The Arts House, Living Room
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This session is in English


Jon Gresham


Short stories often don't get as much attention as novels even though just as much craft goes into the making of them. Three writers put forth the case for why short stories should still be read, why the form is relevant in today's age, and discuss the decisions that go into putting together a compelling short story collection. 

This session is made possible with the assistance of the High Commission of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.


Elaine Chiew

Malaysia - Singapore

Elaine Chiew is a Singapore-based writer and visual arts researcher. Twice winner of the Bridport Short Story Competition, she has numerous stories in anthologies in the UK, USA, and Singapore. Her debut collection is The Heartsick Diaspora. She compiled and edited Cooked Up: Food Fiction From Around the World. She is originally from Malaysia.

Photo credit: Chiew Kean Loon

Elaine Chiew is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018, the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, two Atlantic Book Awards, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, and was on the long-list for the Aspen Words Literary Prize 2019. It is currently being translated into several languages. Sharon is a member of The Port Authority, a St. John’s writing group. Visit her at:

Photo credit: Nadra Ginting

Sharon Bala is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Barrie Sherwood

Hong Kong - Singapore

A native of Hong Kong, Barrie lived in Canada, Japan, and the UK before moving to Singapore in 2013. He is the author of The Pillow Book of Lady Kasa (DC Books), Escape from Amsterdam (Granta), and The Angel Tiger and Other Stories (Epigram). He is assistant professor in the School of Humanities at Nanyang Technological University.

Photo credit: Boey Kim Cheng

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