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Nurturing Young Singapore Writers
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | 10:45 PM | 0 comments

Recent newspaper articles have discussed the big drop in number of students taking Literature as an O Level subject. I mourn this trend and feel that more should be done to encourage students to take it as a subject, as I fully believe that the aforementioned subject is wonderfully enriching and a great way to learn about the world.

However, on the related note of nurturing budding writers (who could very well be publishing works that will make up Singapore Literature in the future!), I'm pleased to say that there are definitely avenues and programs that encourage youths to express themselves through writing, be it novels, poems, or plays.

One example of an event that allows one to express oneself is the Singapore Poetry SlamTM.

What is Poetry SlamTM? It is the competitive art of writing and performing poetry, staged as a friendly 3-round contest with prizes. Over 150,000 students and the general public have participated and watched Poetry SlamTM in Singapore since 2003.

There is also a youth section for this event, called the National Youth Poetry Slam League (NYPSL) Championship, which was launched in 2006 by Word Forward Limited with the help of the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts.

In fact, here is a video of the best slam of NYPSL 2009 for your interest:

Yet another event would be the All In! Young Writers Media Festival, an annual festival for aspiring writers between the ages of 16 and 25. 

Various workshops and seminars are included in the programme of this event, with the purpose of enabling young writers to meet peers and established practitioners, impart knowledge and skills to these youths, and last but not least spark inspiration and creativity in them, hopefully pushing them to embark on their future careers.

Hopefully, such events as those mentioned above will inspire and encourage more youths to form the next generation of Singapore writers, following in the footsteps of those like the 5 writers we have chosen to cover in our blog.

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