WrICE Co-directors Francesca Rendle-Short and David Carlin were joined by WrICE alumni Xu Xi and Alvin Pang to present an inventive and energetic panel at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in April 2015.
The AWP is the premier annual conference for writers, publishers, editors, students and teachers in the USA. It is the largest of its kind in the world, this year attracting some 14,000 delegates. It featured over 2000 presenters, and was joined by a book fair of over 700 exhibitors.
The WrICE panel made up of writers from the WrICE Malaysia and Vietnam collaborative residencies discussed the WrICE model and its potential: how it has developed and how it works, its value as an immersive experience for writers, and how it speaks towards more such work for writers and writing communities and as a teaching method.
It was chaired brilliantly by Professor Bonnie Sunstein, ethnographer, writer and teacher from the University of Iowa. The lively and attentive audience was made up of graduate students, fellow presenters, as well as faculty members from interested MFA programs.