Shanghai Writers’ Association currently has almost 1700 members from all walks of life. The Association is divided into the following specializations: novels, poetry, children’s literature, prose, foreign literature, theory, films and plays, as well as classical literature. It also publishes magazines including Harvest (bi-monthly), Shanghai Literature (monthly), The Bud (monthly), Si Nan Literary Journal(bi-monthly) and Shanghai Culture (bi-monthly). Besides, it has two literary website: www.myhuayu.com and www.yunwenxue.com.

 

Hosted by Shanghai Writers’ Association, The Shanghai Writing Program invites several internationally acclaimed writers to spend two months in Shanghai, China. This residency program, is an annual event which first began in 2008, to date we have hosted 69 writers from over 30 countries.


It is our hope that the international writers will be inspired by their exposure to Chinese culture and Shanghai literature while living in Shanghai. To further this aim, we will host a series of literary events, with a view to introducing the guest writers to the city and the people of Shanghai.


A panel of acclaimed Shanghai writers will curate our selection process. All applicants are invited to submit their literary biography and a photo by email to,
huph111@163.com.


Applicants should also send samples of their work by post. We suggest one or two books (English language version if available).

  
Please send the books to:
Mrs. Hu Peihua
Shanghai Writers" Association
675, Julu Road
Shanghai, 200040


Shanghai Writing Program
  1. Writing and the Writing Program By Wang Anyi (June 3, 2017)

    Judging by my experience as a writer, writing is surely a lonely endeavour. It is done entirely in solitude and in a confined space. By this I do not mean the substance of writing, which no doubt is filled with lively personalities or events, propelled by plethora social and historical conditions, but rather the process of writing itself. You sit alone at your desk, facing the blank page, with a cup of tea, and perhaps a cigarette, the last of which is almost being banished altogether, however, in this age of smoking bans. Then you are beckoned, into a state of pensiveness, if those few physical items work their magic. The remembered realities take on a new form in your contemplation, void of existential basis, as it were. Or the basis is changed, becoming you, the lone writer, who harness all your characters and see them through till they meet their destinies. You feel the sheer weight of responsibility; and tremendous humility. As your work takes form in words, they are transferred in their multitude from manuscript to the printed page, and eventually presented to the reading public. Yet before this happens, it is only you, alone with your words in a room; its space as tiny as barely fitting a desk, or immense and infinite, a portal to unbounded imagination.
    Precisely because writing is such lonely work, we need the “Writing Program” to gather writers from far-flung parts of the earth, to converge, to engage in dialogue, or at the very least, to assure each other that we share something in common and that we, in totality, are not solitary and few, but are part of a world of broadened horizons.



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  2. The Mother Tongue in Foreign Lands By Wang Anyi (president)

    You have come to China's city Shanghai each bearing your own mother tongue, but then converse in English. English, once a regional mother tongue, is now a global language. Without it, it is barely possible to travel abroad. As a consequence, very many sentences have become subject to the same grammaitical rules and much vocabulary has been absorbed into a universal and common usage. Pronunciations and voices have disappeared. The resonance of throat, vocal chords and palate formed by those voices has degenerated. For all that this world of ours is a babble, in fact it operates in simple tones on a single frequency. So we hope, hope above all, to hear you read in your mother tongue. Our mother tongue is the womb of literature. Yet in this globalised age it is also a literary enclave of the air. So let the air above Shanghai resound with many, many voices.



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  3. City Light Wang Anyi

    You have come to China's city Shanghai each bearing your own mother tongue, but then converse in English. English, once a regional mother tongue, is now a global language. Without it, it is barely possible to travel abroad. As a consequence, very many sentences have become subject to the same grammaitical rules and much vocabulary has been absorbed into a universal and common usage. Pronunciations and voices have disappeared. The resonance of throat, vocal chords and palate formed by those voices has degenerated. For all that this world of ours is a babble, in fact it operates in simple tones on a single frequency. So we hope, hope above all, to hear you read in your mother tongue. Our mother tongue is the womb of literature. Yet in this globalised age it is also a literary enclave of the air. So let the air above Shanghai resound with many, many voices.



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  4. The Hours 王安忆

    欢迎你的时时刻刻与我们的汇合,仿佛溪流汇入江河,一同流淌,在下一个岔道再分离,就这样,你中有了我, 我中有了你。



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  5. Let us Breathe together SEP, 2013

    2013上海写作计划的主题是“呼吸”,来自印度、爱尔兰、阿根廷、比利时、葡萄牙、尼日利亚、美国、墨西哥、澳大利亚的九位作家参与了本次文学盛会。



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  6. My Encounter with 2012 SEP, 2012

    来自美国、德国、希腊、韩国、保加利亚、波黑、瑞典等七个国家的9位作家参加“2012上海写作计划”。



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  7. The future of the East and West SEP, 2011

    来自法国、英国、爱尔兰、墨西哥等7个国家参加“2011上海写作计划”。



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  8. City and Writing SEP, 2010

    参加“2010年上海写作计划”的外国作家分别是匈牙利小说家阿提拉·巴提斯;古巴散文家、小说家和文学批评家安娜·玛格丽塔·马提奥·帕尔默;古巴小说家劳尔·弗洛雷斯·伊里亚泰;以色列小说家本尼·巴尔巴什先生和柯利尔·津萨贝尔;德国小说家蒂娜·西贝尔;瑞典诗人、小说家比吉塔·林克韦斯特。



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  9. Where Are You From SEP, 2009

    参加“2009上海写作计划”的外国作家分别是英国作家欧大旭、挪威作家拉格纳·霍夫兰德、希腊作家亚历克斯·斯坦麦提斯、爱尔兰作家科纳·克里顿和莲娜·苏里梵。



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  10. Nativeland and Elsewhere SEP, 2008

    参加“2009上海写作计划”的外国作家分别是Chino Yukiko 、Madeleine Thien、Gail Jones。



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Shanghai Writers’ Association
675, Julu Road Shanghai, 200040