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How do you begin to write about a city? Whose story do you tell? Which places do you trail?

At Poskod.MY, we constantly confront these questions as we explore KL in all its reality, humour, strangeness and beauty. Now, we are delighted to support a new writing programme that invites ten people to consider the city’s depth and vibrancy.

Currently in its first year, UnRepresented KL is on the lookout for writers who would like to spend ten weeks exploring themes of “being unrepresented” and unrepresented narratives in and around KL.

UnRepresented will run approximately once a week, on weekends, from 2 March – 4 May 2014.

Why “unrepresented”?

In a city’s sea of humanity, multiple narratives will go unnoticed, whether by chance or deliberate intervention. Some stories are so prevalent, they can be recited from memory. Others are less heard of, or simply glossed over, concealed or suppressed. It is these narratives that we seek to bring attention to through the craft of writing.

The programme

Held over eight sessions across ten weeks, UnRepresented will be a mix of small group workshops (from writing exercises to group walkabouts) and talks by guest presenters who will help us explore KL through their lenses. These talks will span different disciplines such as documentary, photography and anthropology.

At the end of the programme, participants are expected to produce a piece of fiction or creative non-fiction piece on their chosen topic. A selection of the finished work will be published on Poskod.MY. A readings session is also in the pipeline.

We are looking for writers who are serious about improving their craft, with the discipline, vulnerability and exposure to critique that this involves. But we also want to have fun! UnRepresented will be a safe space for expression, critique and collaboration among peers.

If you’d like to take part in UnRepresented KL, click here for full details and how to apply. Applications close on 19 February 2014.

UPDATE: Thanks to a generous donor, we are able to offer financial aid to those who might otherwise be unable to participate in UnRepresented because of the fee. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please indicate this in your application together with a brief supporting statement. (10/02/2014)

UnRepresented is presented in partnership with Poskod.MY’s Writers in Progress and supported by the Embassy of Finland.