Talk Stories: Exploring East & South East Asian experiences through writing
Join Melissa Fu and Yin F Lim for a writing workshop that explores and celebrates East and South East Asian (ESEA) heritage and experiences. Held in conjunction with ESEA Heritage Month 2022*, this workshop takes inspiration from what Maxine Hong Kingston calls talk-stories: family history, mythology, genealogy, bedtime stories and how-to stories passed down through generations.
Through a variety of generative writing prompts and discussions, this three-hour workshop will provide you with protected space and time to:
- Capture your own talk-stories in whatever form or genre of writing you choose: fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry or a hybrid of form
- Use folk tales, personal objects and archival materials as further springboards to creativity and experimentation
- Gain insights into your own experiences by considering what’s been passed down and what’s been lost
By the end of the workshop, you could walk away with more questions than answers; questions that will hopefully evolve into the next steps you want to take with your talk-stories.
This workshop is open to members of the ESEA community who are writers of any level, including beginners. Limited to 15 participants (ages 18+). Standard tickets are priced at £38, with concession tickets (£25) available. Should this fee present a hardship for whatever reason, please contact the workshop facilitators at email@example.com.
This workshop in Norwich is supported by the National Centre for Writing during the Norfolk Heritage Open Days festival. The workshop facilitators will be donating the ticket proceeds (minus costs) to besea.n, organisers of ESEA Heritage Month 2022. Find out more about how you can support besea.n here: https://www.besean.co.uk/
* The ESEA Heritage Month 2022 in September is a month-long, collaborative programme of events celebrating the incredible ways in which the East and South East Asian communities have helped to shape the UK. It is organised by besea.n, a grassroots movement looking to empower, educate and embrace ESEA communities in the UK.
Melissa Fu grew up in Northern New Mexico and lives in Cambridge, UK. With backgrounds in physics and English, she worked in education before focusing on writing. Melissa was a 2017 Apprentice with the London-based Word Factory and the regional winner of the 2016 Words and Women Prose competition. In 2018/2019 Melissa was the David TK Wong Fellow at the University of East Anglia and received an Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice grant. Her first novel, Peach Blossom Spring, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick and a 2022 Indies Introduce title for the American Booksellers Association, is available now in English, Dutch and Italian. Hungarian, Romanian and German editions are forthcoming.
Yin F Lim spent many years as a journalist in Malaysia telling other people’s stories before deciding to write her own. She completed a Creative Non-Fiction MA at the University of East Anglia in 2018, and her work around family, food and migration has been published in various outlets including Moxy, Porridge, the Centre for Place Writing’s PLACE 2021 as well as Hinterland magazine where she is currently a co-editor. Yin is exploring new ways to address gaps and silences in family stories with her book-in-progress about her maternal grandmother’s emigration from Southern China to Malaya as a mui tsai. She lives in Norwich and is a member of the words for wellbeing organisation Lapidus International.