20/20 Vision

So I taught a 3 hour long creative writing workshop over Zoom for the Singapore Writers Festival last evening, and it went SUPER DUPER well! We were initially worried at the start of the year that the National Arts Council would have to cancel the event, no thanks to the pandemic. But SWF 2020 went fully digital and I’m really thankful for the team that made it a stellar success. I was also super heartened that several of my workshop attendees had read my books and already knew my work before we started Travel Writing in the Time of Quarantine.

I do miss the human feedback loop but we did our best, and I’m thankful for the wonderful feedback afterwards. Still, I do miss teaching and 2020 has been a tough year with many cancelled projects. However, a few interesting things have come along my way and I’m super excited about it.

Firstly, I’m now writing for the award-winning UKE Magazine. Ukulele fans around the world would know all about this popular quarterly, which is available both online and print. As you can probably guess, I’m super stoked about this because I get to work with awesome people and write about a subject I love! If you’ve got an iPhone or Android or heck, even a computer, you can check it out here 🙂 The next issue comes out next month, and I interview the charismatic Alan Okami from KoAloha.


Another writing gig I’m excited to announce is with Gen X Singapore! They published my article about mental health last month, which is so apt since 10 October was World Mental Health Day. You can read the feature for free in the link above. We’ve got more exciting stuff in the works, so stay tuned 😉

No one had 20/20 vision when it came to all the epic cray cray this year unleashed, but we can certainly just try our best to make the most of it. There’s only a few more weeks to the end of the year… Carpe Diem!

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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