Mission Statement:

The KL Writers Workshop is a literature and content development agency based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. KLWW seeks to explore the artistic and social power of creative writing through pioneering and collaborative projects with writers and other partners in genres that embrace the written word in its many literary forms.

Why a writers’ centre:

Malaysia is currently experiencing a publishing boom and there are currently more writers writing than ever. Writing is a craft, one that has to be honed and perfected over time and at the KL Writers Workshop we intend to offer writing workshops that focus on the craft of writing: where writers who write, learn to write even better. KLWW can help create a powerhouse of well-written content – better screenplays, better plays, better poetry and prose – and help nurture a new generation of Malaysian writers.

What we do:

The KL Writers Workshop is interested in both the artistic and social power of creative writing, and will work with writers, readers and diverse communities on a wide range of ongoing and one off projects and events locally, nationally and internationally.

KLWW will also conduct creative writing workshops in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, playwriting, journalism, travel writing, editing, the graphic novel and children’s fiction.

We also plan to have a lecture series, talks and readings by visiting international writers, poets, academics and literary agents.

KLWW also plans to conduct free classes for marginalized groups in the community; refugees, stateless children, men and women in prison and the homeless of KL.

Who we are:

The KL Writers Workshop is directed by noted Malaysian writer, poet, educator and festival director Bernice Chauly. Born in George Town, Penang to Chinese and Punjabi teachers, Chauly studied Education, TESL and English Literature in Canada as a government scholar and has taught creative writing in colleges and universities in KL for over 12 years. Founder of Readings (2005), KL’s longest-running literary platform, she was the Festival Director of the Writers’ Unlimited Tour KL/Makassar (2011), the George Town Literary Festival in Penang, Malaysia (2011–2013 – present) and Co-Festival Curator for Read My World, Internationaal Literatuurfestival Amsterdam (2015). She is the author of five collections of poetry and prose, including the award-winning memoir Growing Up With Ghosts (2011) and the critically acclaimed poetry collection Onkalo (2013). She has performed in literary festivals all over the world, had writing residencies in the Netherlands and the USA and is an Honorary Fellow in Writing from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, USA.

Our instructors will include local and international practitioners who excel in their forms and genres of writing. KLWW will partner with foreign embassies, who believe in the value of literature and will be able to bring in noted international writers to conduct workshops and courses in various genres.

Workshops will be conducted primarily in English, Bahasa Malaysia, and Chinese and Tamil if and when needed and necessary.

Bernice Chauly official website →  

How we work:

KLWW is a brand-new social enterprise and we are seeking investors/partners/sponsors who believe in the value and culture of literature.

We are keen to have the following:

  • spaces for writing workshops
  • performance spaces
  • short-term/long term writer’s residencies
  • library and resource center
  • sponsorships for visiting writers
  • sponsorships for community projects
  • an eventual home for the centre (yes, this is the dream!)

Our vision:

To create a more literate country, to create a more literate society.

To create a deeper understanding for the craft of writing, of contemporary Malaysian writing and to create work of quality in the social sphere.