Writing for Readers

Writing Roundtable 2017 - 19 May, 2017

The Writing Roundtable 2017: Writing for Readers on 19 May 2017, hosted by The English Language Centre, Faculty of Humanities of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, brings the reader into the limelight. Writing is to be read, first and foremost. Today, whether our readers are enthused or alienated, becomes evident immediately. So, in this age of ubiquitous social media, multimodal texts and big data, how can we create content that connects with our readers? What makes them turn those pages? Or click "Like"? Or post a positive comment?

Enhancing students' writing ability as part of their intellectual growth is crucial to the design of university curricula. This means that tertiary institutions need to cultivate writers who are able to engage modern readers who read and write multimodal texts as part of social and professional lives. How can we engage with writers as their teachers, their publishers and their readers? How can we write for our teachers, publishers and readers? How do we give and receive feedback as writers and ensure that it prompts meaningful action?

This Writing Roundtable 2017 welcomes you, once again, to join a gathering of academic and creative writers and educators to discuss innovative ways of writing for readers.

Our Keynote and Invited Speakers are:

Prof. Ken HylandProfessor of Applied Linguistics, Author, Director of the Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong
Mr. Jason NgAuthor & Columnist: South China Morning Post, EJIsight, Hong Kong Free Press, Author of No City for Slow Men
Dr. Page RichardsAssociate Professor in the School of English, The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Grant HamiltonAssociate Professor of English Literature, Author, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Mr. James SheaPoet & Assistant Professor in Liberal and Cultural Studies, The Hong Kong Baptist University
Ms. Sarah BrennanAuthor of children's fiction & Poet
Ms. Elizabeth SolomonWriter, Editor & International Teacher, ISF Academy

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Ken Hyland
Ken Hyland is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the Centre for Applied English Studies at HKU. He was previously a professor at the Institute of Education, University of London and has taught in Africa, Asia and Europe. He is best known for his research into writing and academic discourse, having published over 230 articles and 26 books on these topics... [more]

Mr. Jason Y. Ng
Jason Y. Ng is the bestselling author of HONG KONG State of Mind (2010), No City for Slow Men (2013) and Umbrellas in Bloom (2016). Together, they form his Hong Kong trilogy that tracks the city's post-colonial development. As a columnist, Ng contributes to the Guardian, the South China Morning Post, EJ Insight and Hong Kong Free Press... [more]

Dr. Page Richards
Page Richards is an Associate Professor in the School of English at the University of Hong Kong. Educated at Harvard University and holding a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Boston University, she has also studied at the Playwrights' Theatre in Boston and has contributed to theatre and film production in Hollywood... [more]

Dr. Grant Hamilton
Grant Hamilton is Assistant Professor of English Literature at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His teaching and research interests include twentieth-century world literatures, African literatures, and literary theory. He writes a well-read blog about such things called On World Literature... [more]


Invited Speakers

Mr. James Shea : Poet & Assistant Professor HKBU
Mr. James Shea
Poet & Assistant Professor HKBU
Ms. Sarah Brennan Author, Children's Fiction Author & Poet
Ms. Sarah Brennan
Children's Fiction Author & Poet
Ms. Elizabeth Solomon, Writer, Editor & International Teacher, ISF Academy
Ms. Elizabeth Solomon
Writer, Editor & International Teacher, ISF Academy


PolyU At A Glance

The story of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University can be traced back to the founding of the Government Trade School in 1937. Situated in Wood Road, Wanchai, the School was the first publicly funded, post-secondary technical institution in Hong Kong. Under Mr G. White, the then principal, it ran classes in marine wireless operating, mechanical engineering and building construction... [more]

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