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    FrontPage Edition: Sun 5 Apr 2009



Literary Mentorship Project call for applications



Participants achieved international and local recognition

The seventh edition of the Mentor Access Project (MAP) is now open for applications until 15 May 2009, and will begin in July 2009. MAP is an 18-month mentorship programme to ensure the sustained development of emerging writers by providing them with mentorship opportunities and ongoing critical feedback.
Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC) since 2000, MAP provides emerging literary talents with a supporting framework with which to produce their works through mentorship opportunities with established writers as well as chances to network within the literary community. Participants will also be equipped with industry knowledge, from the business aspects to presentation skills.
Promising original works generated by MAP participants during the course of the programme will be considered for book publication, under the New Book Initiative, in conjunction with NAC’s Publishing and Translation Grant. This is on top of enjoying publishing opportunities in an online literary journal to be produced by MAP at the end of the mentorship period.
Says Khor Kok Wah, NAC Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director for Literary Arts, ”MAP remains an important development scheme for emerging literary talents. It provides an avenue for our established writers to interact with promising writers seeking mentorship.”
The 2007 MAP intake will be graduating this May. Yak Aik Wee, who was mentored by playwright Tan Tarn How, had a 10-minute play, Lester's List, re-staged in Short And Sweet, a short-play competition held in Sydney in February 2009. Another participant, Jackie Chye, who was mentored by playwright Ovidia Yu, won in a playwriting competition Theatre Idols with his play, Catching Adam Cheng. This was later staged by Action Theatre in November 2008.
“Interacting with writers from other genres was really insightful and helped me understand the processes of other literary forms,“ said Aik Wee.
“MAP really helped to further the development of my script,” said Jackie. “It pushed me to think outside the box, and also helped me develop a vital network of contacts.”
The 2008’s intake has so far enjoyed masterclasses with authors such as British novelists, Linda Grant and Jill Dawson, Chinese-American poet, Marilyn Chin and Chinese-Canadian poet, Ray Hsu. Some MAP participants also showcased their works at a public event, MAP Tete-a-Tete, held at the University Cultural Centre as part of the NUS Arts Festival 2008. The mentors for the 2008 intake included well-known Singapore writers, poets and playwrights Meira Chand, Felix Cheong, Dave Chua, Chua Chim Kang, Isa Kamari, Stella Kon, Madeleine Lee, Aaron Maniam, Alvin Pang, Chris Mooney-Singh, Cyril Wong, Eleanor Wong, Robert Yeo and Yeow Kai Chai.
MAP is managed by mediaexodus limited liability partnership (llp), whose team members include Yong Shu Hoong, a published poet and Singapore Literature Prize 2006 winner and Enoch Ng, General Manager of mediaexodus llp (and its imprint, firstfruits publications), and a Golden Point Award first-prize winner.
With the additional help and support from organisations like The Arts House, British Council Singapore, National Library Board, National University of Singapore’s Centre for the Arts, MAP participants can look forward to talks and events conducted by established and renowned writers, both from Singapore and overseas.
Applications are open to Singaporean citizens or permanent residents, aged 18 years and above, writing in the field of poetry, prose or drama in any of the four official languages. The deadline for application is 15 May 2009 and application forms can be downloaded from
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Source: Press Release 31 Mar 2009

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