Seoul Writers Workshop

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July Workshop Schedule

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July 14 – Workshop @ Cafe O’hana
July 15 – Poetry Write-in @ Cafe O’hana
July 28 – Workshop @ Cafe O’hana
July 29 – Poetry Workshop @ Cafe O’hana


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June 20, 2012 at 5:52 am

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Summer Writers Retreat

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The Seoul Writers Summer Retreat is here!

ImageOur previous retreats have been great experiences and we expect this one to be the best one yet. It will be two nights of creativity, inspiration, writing, and frivolity – and drinking! – in the beautiful Gangwon-do countryside (near Gangchon and Chuncheon)

We’ll have a variety of writing and creativity-building activities, free writing times, critiquing/sharing workshops, eating, and fun throughout the weekend. The exercises will cover many different aspects of the writing process; if you have an idea for something that you think will be good, please let us know.

You can choose to come for Friday night, Saturday day and night, or both. A rendezvous time for Friday night will be posted soon. Saturday arrivals may be organized later as we see who’s coming and when. 

The cost is estimated at 25,000w per night. If attendance is strong, the price per person will be less and we will give a rebate for the difference. 

***Pre-payment is required to guarantee a spot. Please transfer 25,000w for 1 night or 50,000w for 2 nights, or pay during a workshop. Woori Bank 1002-534-127089 (CHRISTOPHER SA)***

The pension details can be found here:
I will prepare an English map shortly. Their website says it takes less than an hour from Seoul..

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May 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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2013 Call For Submissions

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Call for Submissions: Up/Down, Lost/Found
Deadline: August 15th

Seoul Writers Workshop is accepting submission for the 5th annual anthology. The theme of Anthology 2013 is Up/Down, Lost/Found. These can be stories, essays, and poems about contrasts, the highs and the lows, discoveries and disappearances, or your own interpretation. Get writing and be a part of our landmark publication!

Submissions will be accepted from English-language writers who have lived in Korea for any length of time since 2010. Current residency in Seoul or membership in Seoul Writers Workshop are not necessary.

We are looking for short fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry pieces that interpret the theme Up/Down, Lost/Found. Submissions should be emailed to with the subject line “2013 Prose Submission” or “2013 Poetry Submission” by August 15th.Emails without that subject line may be missed and inadvertently not included in our consideration. Submissions must be attached as a Word .doc/.docx, .txt, .rtf, or .pdf file. Any submissions not in one of these formats will not be considered. PDF files should not be locked or protected. The attached file’s name should be the same as the piece’s title to help avoid confusion. Please indicate how you wish your name to appear if your piece is selected for inclusion.
Pieces should be original, unpublished work. Previously submitted works are acceptable. We strongly suggest that authors do not submit first drafts. Seoul Writers Workshop assumes first-publication rights to selected pieces, to include printing in Seoul, South Korea and in the print-on-demand edition via online retailers, and electronic format. All other rights, including subsequent publication, are retained by the submitting author.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please contact SWW via email immediately if a submission is accepted by another publication. Authors will be notified in late September if their pieces have been chosen for inclusion. Selected authors will receive two free copies of Anthology 2013 and may purchase additional copies at a discounted price.

Prose: Short story or creative non-fiction pieces of up to 5000 words will be considered. Authors may submit up to 3 pieces for consideration.

Poetry: Any number of pieces not exceeding 3000 words in total will be accepted. Please keep in mind that our printed page is trade paperback size; long lines may fit awkwardly.

Proceeds from Anthology 2013 will benefit the Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center or other charity partners that may be selected.

Seoul Writers Workshop holds critiquing workshops on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, and a poetry/lyrics workshop on the 4th Sunday of the month. Visit our Facebook page for details.

Please email if you have any questions.

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May 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm

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Spring Meet & Greet

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Seoul-area writers, this is your chance to come out and meet fellow creative-types in a fun, informal setting. So if you’ve wanted to get involved but have been nervous about attending a workshop, come to Hera’s on Saturday, March 31st, from 7pm til question mark. 

For all the answers to all your questions, like “Where is Hera’s?”, “How can I find Hera’s?” and “What is the Facebook event URL?”, click here


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March 28, 2012 at 8:57 am

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SWW Essential Reading List – The Classics

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This list evolved from a post on Facebook where I asked SWW members for essential reading suggestions.
Below is a tentative list of those suggestions, minus non-fiction. Please continue making suggestions. Some of these books on the list are probably too recent to be ‘classics’. An essential ‘modern’ reading will come later.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Addams
Little Women, LM Alcott
Illusions, Richard Bach
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach
Savage Detectives, Roberto Bolano
Death of the Heart At Swim-Two-Birds, Elizabeth Bowen
The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles
Something Wicked this Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
Trout Fishing in America, Richard Brautigan
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
Heart of a Dog, Mikhail Bulgakov
Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
The Plague, Albert Camus
The Stranger, Albert Camus
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
The Awakening, Kate Chopin
The Alchemist, Paolo Coehlo
Underworld, Don DeLillo
White Noise, Don DeLillo
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The World as I Found It, Bruce Duffy
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Four Quartets / The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
Howard’s End, EM Forster
Of Human Bondage, EM Forster
The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass
Hunger, Knut Hamsun
Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Catch 22, Joseph Heller
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
The Odyssey, Homer
Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
Brave New World, Aldus Huxley
The World According to Garp, John Irving
Ulysses, James Joyce
On the Road, Jack Kerouac
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundra
Sons and Lovers, D.H. Lawrence
The Golden Notebook, Doris May Lessing
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Billy Budd: Sailor, Herman Melville
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
Paradise Lost, John Milton
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
A Good Man Is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor
1984, George Orwell
Manhattan Transfer; Dos Passos, John Roderigo
USA Trilogy, Dos Passos
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel Proust
Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon
The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
Jewel in the Crown, Paul Scott
The Works of Shakespeare
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
White Teeth, Zadie Smith
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman; Laurence Sterne
Dracula, Bram Stoker
Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog, Dylan Thomas
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
Native Son, Richard Wright

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January 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm

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2011 Holiday Party

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Come join Seoul Writers Workshop for our end of year holiday party!

We’ll have a late lunch at The Alley with some good food and nice conversation and maybe play some party games. Then we’ll do readings from our Holiday Flash Fiction/Poetry Contest and vote for the winner.

Finally, let’s do a book swap. Bring a few of your best, no-longer-needed books to the party and trade them for something you haven’t read yet.

The Contest:
Write an original piece of fiction or poetry on the theme of The Holidays or the End of the Year. Bring your piece to the party and read it to the attendees. We’ll vote for winner after all the pieces have been read.
For fiction, 600 words or less.
For poetry, should be under 3 minutes in spoken length.

Please RSVP by Friday so we can adjust the booking if necessary. If you say yes, we expect to see you!

RSVP here:

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December 11, 2011 at 7:54 am

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“Out of Place” Events

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The official launch is on Sunday, November 20th, 3pm at Berlin.
This will be a great chance for you to meet other writers and read some of your work – either from Out of Place or something else you’ve written. We’ll have food and a raffle with the proceeds benefiting the House of Sharing.

Immediately following the official launch will be the 2nd AXIS live storytelling event. In the same vein as The Moth and RISK!, AXIS features people telling true stories from their lives, without notes, centered on a theme; this month’s theme is ‘Turning Points’.

We will also be co-hosting Lyrically Minded, a night of poetry and spoken word craziness at the Orange Tree on Saturday, November 19th. If you would like to take a turn at the mic, or meet some other spoken word fanatics, come join us at 8pm.

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November 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm

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