Before I start with this post, I am actually very excited to announce that I have been accepted to the Mentor Access Project batch for 2014 / 2015, as organised by the National Art Council of Singapore (NAC) and The Writers’ Centre, Singapore. And this was how the Welcome Tea for the event went down.
The event was held in the Aliwal Arts Centre, small but brimming with creative energy. Starting with a good amount of conversation with fellow mentees and potential mentors, we were quickly seated before our mentors were announced.
After the announcements , the speech, and other administrative things, the presentations from all the mentees started. This year, there were 20 of us picked for the project, which all of us presenting snippets of our works or just who we are. Some of the mentees read poems on National Service, Philosophy, creative non-fiction on Travel, a Malay piece on a relationship between a mother and her elder daughter, and a Tamil piece on clashing values and personality. I read a page from the first Chapter of a novel I proposed (from the Unwanted Utopia universe ;)).
The mingling and conversations after that were more than I could ask for. After settling administrative stuff with my mentor, views were exchanged, tips were shared, and stories were told (while we were eating and drinking). The creative energy was inspiring, to say the least.
I know that many things will be put into the back burner now that MAP is on the way. I will try to document the journey via this blog, though there won’t be any promises of regularity of any kind. Despite all that, I am still entirely grateful to the NAC and The Writers’ Centre for giving me this opportunity.
To find out more about the Mentor Access Project, click here.