In addition to three plenary speakers, there were twenty concurrent panels that presented on topics related to Creative Writing instruction within the EFL context. Among the keynotes, Holly Thompson (Yokohama City University) spoke about poetry and narrative writing circles. Jason S. Polley (Hong Kong Baptist University) spoke about how critical any kind of low-stakes writing is for EFL students, as a complement to the high-stakes grammar and form-structured academic writing. Tammy Lai-Ming Ho (Hong Kong Baptist University) spoke about poetry in Hong Kong, which fit in well within the Macau context, as politically and socially, the two SAR’s share similar experiences.
While the majority of attendees and presenters were from Hong Kong and Macau. There were also people who flew in from Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea, and various areas of Mainland China.
This conference also supports literature in Macau, the Script Road Literary Festival, and the future APWT (Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators) Conference that will be hosted by Macau in 2019. It brought in a creative field of EFL and literature instructors sharing to enhance literature and writing in Macau.
Please see below some selected photos from this conference (click to see pictures in full size).