Ideas and Realities: Creative Writing in Asia Today

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Asia Pacific Writers and Translators

Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Conference (APWT) 2016
25th – 27th November, Guangzhou, China, plus follow on events in Hong Kong and Macau.

This year, APWT's annual conference 'Ideas and Realities – Creative Writing in Asia Today' will be hosted by the Centre for Creative Writing within the School of Foreign Languages at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou.

For the first time APWT offers a refereed academic stream in addition to non-academic presentations. We are looking for dynamic and engaging presentation for both streams which position creative practice related to the Asia Pacific Region as a central focus. We are particularly interested in experimental or creative approaches and are less interested in formal, highly theorised responses. We prefer presenters to talk to notes rather than read lengthy monologues. Academic presentations may run up to (and no more than) 15 minutes. Non-academic presentations must be no longer than 10 minutes.

We encourage presentations/papers from practitioners in all fields of creative writing including fiction, poetry, screenwriting and digital storytelling, as well from teachers of creative expression.

Papers submitted to our academic referee stream may be considered for publication in a special edition of TEXT – Journal of Writing and Writing Courses dedicated to the themes of the conference.

NON ACADEMIC STREAM: Those wishing to speak to issues outside the academic stream are invited to pitch your ideas to the conference organisers. This can include requests to read from your own creative work, launch a new book during the conference, take part in a panel addressing issues of particular relevance to your own creative work. Send us your pitch and your bio.

Papers and creative presentations are encouraged to explore, but are not limited to, the following:

• Representations of Asia in contemporary fiction
• Travel writing in the 21st century
• Cross cultural dialogue and exchange in creative writing
• Asian aesthetics and sensibilities in creative writing
• Enduring mythologies – breaking down cultural misconceptions of 'the east' in contemporary fiction
• Silence and censorship – creative writing and political agency
• Radical practice
• New realism
• Translation and creativity
• The local (Asian) narratives in a global context
• Adaptations from text to screen/stage
Email your abstracts of no more than 250 words alongside a brief bio (100 words) to NO LATER THAN APRIL 30th.

Important date for both refereed and non-refereed stream
• Abstracts submissions due (April 30th)

Once your proposal is accepted, we can, on request, send you a personal invitation to attend the conference, if this assists you to secure funding to cover your travel, accommodation, and out-of-pockets.
For more information about the conference including accommodation recommendations, see our taster story in LEAP+ ( and our China conference webpage (