Have burning questions about the world of writing? Join us for an intimate and in-depth session with Kirstin Chen, a Singaporean-born author and New York Times-bestselling novelist. Gain insights and learn from her experiences navigating the life of a writer, from building to sustaining a successful career as an author. This talk will be moderated by Max Pasakorn.


Possible Topics for the Fireside Chat:

On MFAs/MAs:

  • Should you pursue (MFA) in Creative Writing?
  • What are the pros and cons and how does it contribute to a sustainable writing life?
  • What are the other pathways?

On Agents and Editors:

  • Where to start looking?
  • How do you identify the right agent/editor for yourself or your work?
  • What to prepare?

On Writing Community:

  • Why is it important to have one?
  • How to start one?


Attendees may submit their questions prior to the session upon registration or during the Q&A session itself on the day. While every effort will be made to answer all questions, it depends on the available time, and some questions may be grouped together.


The programme can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the programme date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to 5 working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Those who did not turn up at the workshop will not receive a refund.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation and withdrawal policy and accept the terms contained therein.