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Workshop for Writers in Singapore

City of Four Million Storeys – Characters and Place in Intimate Relationship.
A two-day workshop.
10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Saturday 20th February, Sunday 21st February

Interesting characters are in the places we live but how do we turn them into interesting stories? Over two days spent in and around the historic streets of Joo Chiat, participants in this workshop will be encouraged to use observation, experience and memories to capture the people and communities that surround us everyday, and given tips on how to mould these into fiction.

Join Suchen Christine Lim and Patrick for an intensive two-day workshop, exploring a sense of place and identity in your writing.

The workshop will take place at The Pond ( Lunch is not included but will be taken in the coffee shops around the area.

Workshop places are limited to just TWELVE places so book early. Places are $320 plus GST. For an application form, email citing JOO CHIAT in the subject line


One of Singapore’s most talented and distinguished writers, Suchen Christine Lim won the inaugural Singapore Literature Prize in 1992 with her third novel, Fistful of Colours. Her fourth and most ambitious and complex novel to date, A Bit Of Earth, was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2004. A highly experienced teacher, Suchen regularly leads workshops for the Arvon Foundation, one of the UK’s leading creative writing organisations. More on Suchen at

Patrick Gale is the author of several novels, and also writes short stories and novellas. He has written one book of non-fiction, on the American novelist Armistead Maupin, and also writes book reviews for The Daily Telegraph. His most recent works include Notes From An Exhibition (2007) which is set in Cornwall, exploring the effects of mental illness, and The Whole Day Through (2009), a love story about a couple who are reunited after a 20-year interval. Patrick is also a creative writing tutor for the Arvon Foundation, which is where he and Suchen met and he has been meaning to visit Suchen in Singapore ever since.

Read an interview with Patrick here:

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her next literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and was published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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