International Writers’ Workshop

THE FIRST

International Writers’ Workshop

IN ASIA

About IWW

The International Writers’ Workshop (IWW) at HKBU
is a self-funded, non-profit programme supported solely by donations.

Its goal is to invite writers from around the world to visit HKBU and
engage in creativity-inspiring activities with local students, writers,
and the general Hong Kong community.

About IWW

IWW Organization

Archives

About IWW

IWW Organization

Archives

Events

Please make a selection from the dropdown.

  • Fall

    Distinguished Writers Series 2018

  • Spring

    Writer-in-Residence 2018

  • Fall

    Visiting Writers 2017

  • Spring

    Writer-in-Residence 2017

  • Fall

    Visiting Writers 2016

  • Spring

    Writer-in-Residence 2016

  • Fall

    Visiting Writers 2015

  • Spring

    Writer-in-Residence 2015

  • Fall

    Visiting Writers 2014

  • Spring

    Writer-in-Residence 2014

  • Fall

    Visiting Writers 2013

  • Spring

    Writer-in-Residence 2013

  • Fall

    Visiting Writers 2012

  • Spring

    Writer-in-Residence 2012

  • Fall

    Visiting Writers 2011

  • Spring

    Writer-in-Residence 2011

  • Fall

    Visiting Writers 2010

  • Spring

    Writer-in-Residence 2010

  • Fall

    Visiting Writers 2009

  • Spring

    Writer-in-Residence 2009

  • Fall

    Visiting Writers 2008

  • Spring

    Writer-in-Residence 2008

  • Fall

    Visiting Writers 2007

  • Spring

    Writer-in-Residence 2007

  • Fall

    Visiting Writers 2006

  • Spring

    Writer-in-Residence 2006

  • Fall

    Visiting Writers 2005

  • Spring

    Writer-in-Residence 2005

  • Fall

    Visiting Writers 2004

  • Spring

    Writer-in-Residence 2004

  • Fall
    Distinguished Writers Series 2018

  • Spring
    Writer-in-Residence 2018

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Director
Prof. Mette Hjort
Associate Director
Mr. James Shea
Tel
+852 3411 7173
Fax
+852 3411 2553
Email
Address
International Writers’Workshop
Room 901A, 9/F Oen Hall
HSH Campus
Hong Kong Baptist University
Kowloon Tong
Hong Kong
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  • About IWW

  • IWW Organization

  • Archives

  • About IWW

    The International Writers’ Workshop (IWW) at HKBU is a self-funded, non-profit programme supported solely by donations. Its goal is to invite writers from around the world to visit HKBU and engage in creativity-inspiring activities with local students, writers, and the general Hong Kong community. Since its establishment in 2004, IWW has invited over one hundred writers from fifty countries to Hong Kong. They stay on campus and interact with university students and staff, as well as with Hong Kong writers and the public, in order to cultivate creativity, enhance popular interest in literature and the humanities, and provide opportunities for cultural exchange within and outside the university campus. The establishment of the International Writers’ Workshop may be regarded as an important and historically significant initiative to promote cultural and educational activities in Hong Kong.

    MISSION

    The objectives of IWW are three-fold:

    at university level, to encourage creative writing and engage students in literary discussion;
    at local level, to enrich the cultural life of Hong Kong people; and
    at international level, to inspire literary creativity of writers from around the globe through exposing them to Hong Kong life and culture.

    Since its inception, IWW has held two programmes each year: the Writer-in-Residence and Visiting Writers programmes. Starting in 2018-2019, IWW will inaugurate its Distinguished Writers Series and its new Residency Programme and Literary Festival.

    Writer-in-Residence

    In spring, a renowned Chinese-lanugage writer is invited to stay on campus for two to three months, they are:

    2018 – Mr. Ma Jian

    2017 – Ms. Li Zishu

    2016 – Ms. Shih Shu-ching

    2015 – Ms. Li Ang

    2014 – Mr. Bi Feiyu

    2013 – Ms. Su Wei-chen

    2012 – Mr. Yan Lianke

    2011 – Mr. Lo Yi-chin

    2010 – Mr. Zhang Wei

    2009 – Mr. Hwang Chun-ming

    2008 – Mr. Hong Shaogong

    2007 – Mr. Ya Hsien

    2006 – Mr. Li Rui

    2005 – Ms. Li Yu

    2004 – Mr. Chen Yingzhen

    Visiting Writers

    In the fall, approximately eight international writers, are invited to visit Hong Kong Baptist University for a month. The group includes foreign writers and Chinese-language writers. Each year the programme is set a theme:

    2017 – Mixing & Making

    2016 – The Written World

    2015 – Words and Other Interventions

    2014 – The Magical Reality of Writing

    2013 – Passages through Time: Endings and Beginnings

    2012 – Writing the Metropolis

    2011 – Writers from Northern and Central Europe

    2010 – Writers from the Mediterranean

    2009 – Writers from the Pacific Rim

    2008 – Writers from Eastern Europe

    2007 – Writing the Sea and the Waterfront

    2006 – One with Mother-Nature

    2005 – Understanding the Islamic World and Its Writers

    2004 – Writers from Post-colonial English-speaking Countries

    During the writers’ residency, writing workshops, public lectures, class visits, literary salons with local writers, and media interviews are arranged for the writers. All of the activities are free of charge and many of them are held off-campus, so that it is convenient for the public to participate.

  • IWW Organization

    Steering Committee

    Prof. Mette Hjort, Director of International Writers’ Workshop; Dean of Arts, HKBU

    Mr. James SHEA, Associate Director of International Writers’ Workshop

    Dr. GE Liang, Department of Chinese Language and Literature

    Dr. Tammy HO, Department of English Language and Literature

    Prof. LO Kwai Cheung, Department of Humanities and Creative Writing

    Dr. Maialen MARIN-LACARTA, Translation Programme

    Dr. Janice PAN, Translation Programme

    Dr. Jason POLLEY, Department of English Language and Literature

    Dr. Dorothy TSE, Department of Humanities and Creative Writing

    Dr. Margaret ZHENG, Language Centre

    Miss Diana AU, Secretary of the Committee

     

    Board of Advisors

    Ms. Mary Chan, MCCM

    Mr. David McKIRDY,  Poetry OutLoud

    Ms. Phillipa MILNE, Hong Kong International Literary Festival

    Mr. Jason Y. NG, President of PEN Hong Kong

    Mr. Chris SONG, Poet, Translator, Editor-in-Chief of Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine

     

    Board of Honorary Advisors

    Prof. Kamau BRATHWAITE (Barbados, Caribbean Sea), Poet; Playwright

    Prof. CHUNG Ling (Hong Kong / Taiwan), Poet; Short story Writer; Founder and former Director of the IWW, HKBU

    Prof. Howard GOLDBLATT (USA), Translator; Sinologist

    Mr. HWANG Chun-ming (Taiwan), Novelist

    Prof Göran MALMQVIST (Sweden), Translator; Writer; Sinologist; Member of the Nobel Committee, The Royal Swedish Academy

    Prof. Christopher MERRILL (USA), Poet; Director of the International Writing Program, The University of Iowa

    Prof. NIE Hua-ling (USA), Novelist; Founder and former Director of the International Writing Program, The University of Iowa

    Mr. PAI Hsien-yung (USA / Taiwan), Novelist

    Prof. Gary SNYDER (USA),  Poet; winner of Pulitzer Prize and Lannan Award

    Prof. William TAY (Taiwan / Hong Kong), Translator; President of INK: A Literary Monthly

    Ms. ZHENG Min (China), Poet

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