Manila-Based Creative Writer Reading Session

Hi friends,

NUS Literary Society is proud to host Ms Joni Cham, a Manila-based creative writer, who will be visiting Singapore for the first time from August 6 to 9. She recently published her first novel, “In My Mother’s House.”

Ms Cham has kindly agreed to host a reading session from her novel and to discuss the creative process of her craft.


  • Date: August 8 (Wednesday)
  • Time: 1-3pm
  • Location: NUS AS5 Room 03-09
  • Programme:
    • A reading of a chapter from In My Mother’s House
    • A reading from her essay on the Creative Process
    • Q&A (where you can question her about her writing journey and much more)

A brief description of her novel: “The novel is about a woman who comes back home to her mother’s house after learning that her mother has been diagnosed with cancer. It won the Special Jury Prize for the novel at the recently concluded Premio Tomas, the Quadricentennial Literary Prize sponsored by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and was also awarded an Outstanding MFA Thesis when she graduated at De La Salle University (DLSU) with an MFA-Creative Writing degree. The novel is jointly published by DLSU and Central Books.”

Here is Ms Cham’s biography:
Joni Cham worked as a China analyst for over four years. Prior to that, she taught Literature at Far Eastern University and De La Salle University, where she completed her AB-Literature and MFA-Creative Writing degrees. Joni’s interest in different cultures and languages led her to travel to parts of Southeast Asia and China. She is relearning Mandarin and has ambitions of one day being able to converse in Bahasa indonesia, perhaps after she has improved her Spanish. In My Mother’s House is her debut novel.

Do sign up on our FB page:

See you all there 🙂


NTU Epiphany’s upcoming events

On behalf of NTU Epiphany, the NUS Literary Society recommends you:

LitFest 2012, a week-long celebration of all things literary and artistic. They will be holding several events including: movie night madness, poetry slam contest and theatre showcase. The movie night and poetry slam contest are free, whether participating or just to watch. As for the Theatre Showcase, it’s $12 per ticket for either night or $20 for both nights.



T-Net Club English Masters 2011

On September 17th 2011, T-Net Club, in partnership with NUS Literary Society, held the T-Net English Masters 2011. Opened to Primary and Secondary school teams, the students had a fruitful time of answering English Quizzes and pitting their knowledge against one another. Moreover, the finals of the Creative Writing competition for Primary and Secondary Schools were held, and judged by our Society members.

To join the Literary Society, do visit our link:

Here are the photos of that exciting day:

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Texture: a firstfruits seminar on creative writing

Dear all,

Firstfruits, in collaboration with NUS Literary Society and SMU Literari, is proud to present – Texture: a firstfruits seminar on creative writing!

The concept of the seminar goes as such:

1 writer x 5 slides x 5 minutes of sharing
Featuring 8 local writers:
x cyril wong
x kensai
x mika g. yamaji
x nicholas liu
x aaron maniam
x yeow kai chai
x yong shu hoong

What are you waiting for?

Registration is free!

Here’s the facebook link:

Sign up at this link:

Annual General Meeting AY 2011/2012

Dear all,

The NUS Literary Society will be having its Annual General Meeting for the Academic Year of 2011/2012, on August 24th (Wednesday) at AS 5 Room 03-09 (Room next to LT 8), 6pm.

Anyone who is an existing Litsoc member or wish to join the Society is welcome to the meeting.

We will be voting and deciding on the key exco positions for the AY 2011/2012; and firming the key activities of the Society for the upcoming year.

Whether you’re new to the University or a senior, you’re welcome to join us in the planning and charting of a new frontier for the NUS Literary Society 🙂

Until then, we warmly await to see you on Wednesday 🙂

NUS Campus Literary Discussion: Post-Modernism (Last session)

Hi all,

Just a heads up about this Friday (April 8th)’s on-campus literary discussion.

We’ve had two productive sessions for the past two months, and this will be our last session for the semester.

If you’ve not come down for one, now’s the time!

Grab a copy of the short-stories from AS5, Level 6, General Office of the English Language and Literature Department:

  1. A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  2. The Judge’s Wife – Isabel Allende

See you this Friday, 630pm at As5 0309!

Literary Discussion Reminder (March 11th)

Hi all,

This is a gentle reminder that we’re having our second on-campus literary discussion session – this Friday (March 11tth)!

We’ve provided copies of the short-stories that we’re discussing outside the English Language and Literature Department (ELL Dept) counter at AS5 Level 6. Please do grab a copy and make your way down to the session.

The session will be facilitated by your peer and it’s a time that you can feel free to discuss and voice out your opinions towards topics that we may not have the opportunity to do so in classes.

Best of all, it’s not graded 🙂

So come on down this Friday 🙂

Updates:Campus Literary Discussions, All-In!, EPM and YEP

The NUS Literary Society wishes everyone a Blessed New Year and brings to everyone an update of the latest happenings for the next few months:)

First up, we’re bringing back our Campus Literary Discussions with a 3-month special! If you’ve always wanted to sit in a discussion where you can talk about the literary and the arts without the need to worry about participation marks, this event is for you! We’ve selected THREE interesting topics that will be led by our very own students on campus 🙂

So come on down, invite your friends (you don’t have to be a Literature major to join us, you know…) and have a blast at exploring topics that you won’t find easily in the modules offered 🙂

The 3 topics are:

  1. The evolution of pop song lyrics: From the Beatles to Lady Gaga
  2. Mon Amour: Love in the time of nostalgia
  3. Strangely… : Discover two stories from the world of ‘magic realism’

We’ll be meeting at AS5 03-09, from 6.30pm-8pm. (Fridays – 11th Feb, 11th March, 8th April)

For more details and to sign up, please refer to facebook event page.

Second up, the NUS Literary Society is once again collaborating with the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) to bring you All-In! Young Writers Seminar 2011. It’s a free event where students (Junior College, Polytechnics and Universities) can meet an “impressive line up of experts from the writing and publishing industry”.

It’ll be happening on 19 February 2011, 10am-5pm. National Museum of Singapore, The Salon. Level 1.

You may refer to their website for more information and to sign up!

Thirdly, the flag-ship event of the NUS Literary Society arrives: Evening of Poetry and Music 2011 (EPM 2011)

The annual NUS Literary Society Evening of Poetry and Music will feature upcoming writers and literary figures, interspersed with live musical performances from NUS music groups. Also included in the EPM will be the prize presentation for the ’10/’11 Creative Writing Competition and readings by the winners.

Date: 26 February 2011, Saturday
Time: 3.00-5.00pm
Venue: *scape Youth Centre (National Youth Centre), 113 Somerset Road(opposite Cineleisure, near Somerset MRT), Flow Dance Studio (2nd storey)

Admission is free and all are welcome! Refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit or email

Finally, here are some updates about the Youth Expedition Program (YEP) trip which some of the Literary Society Members took part in.

They visited a primary school located at Xinhe Village in Tonglu County, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, People’s Republic of China from 20th December 2010 to  5th January 2011.

The post-trip fund raising bazaar was held from 17 to 19 Jan 2011 at NUS Central Forum. They sold Zhejiang specialties among other stuff to raise funds. Concurrently, they had a booth to share their experience and learning points to the NUS students and staff.

Here’s their blog link.

Here are some of the pictures of the bazaar’s preparation:

Hope you’ve enjoyed the updates. We look forward to seeing you at our events and to spur one another on, in our enjoyment and appreciation of the Literary. See you!