Writers’ Series: A mini-conference

Saturday, May 5 2018 | Upper Room, Annex Building, 10th Fl., Jakarta

8:00 am –  9:00 am   Registration

9:00 am – 9:10 am   Opening Remarks by Judistira Wanandi

9:10 am – 9:55 am   What’s Up, Story? Everyone knows stories. It has become one of the hottest buzzwords in business and marketing, although the art of storytelling is not new. What’s so special about storytelling? Speakers: Robin Hemley, Endy Bayuni, Eugene Laksono

9:55 am – 10:05 am   In The Works A reading by Lawrence Ypil

10:05 am – 10:10 am  Fever Pitch A presentation by Qlue

10:10 am – 10:55 am  Capturing the Voice of a Changing Nation For over a decade since the fall of the New Order regime, Indonesia has been hailed as one of the strongest democracies in the world, boasting a population of over 250 million people with such a diverse makeup that often drives outsiders to question its unity. How does Indonesia fare in the eyes of the world today, as we brace ourselves for what may be a very divisive general election in 2019? And will our democracy prevail against all odds? What’s the role of our collective story? Speakers: M. Taufiqurrahman, Paul Smith, Pallavi Aiyar

10:55 am – 11:05 am   In The Works A reading by Ben Loory

11:05 am – 11:10 am   In The Works A reading by Robin Hemley

11:10 am – 12 noon  Designing Women Long before the #MeToo movement broke the internet, women all around the world have striven to get their voices heard. In Indonesia, the struggles have never been more pronounced, what with new legislations drafted to suppress the voices of women and other marginalized communities. And what of persecutions which clearly violate our freedom of speech? In the end, this is not an isolated issue. It reverberates across lands and seas. What is there to be done? And how can we contribute? Speakers: Devi Asmarani, Feby Indirani, Dai Fan

Noon – 1:00 pm  Lunch Break

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm   Living Library Join this activity and register in the morning. Be the first to “read” a living book!

1:00 pm – 1:25 pm   In The Works A collective reading by WrICE Group

1:25 pm – 2:10 pm   Furious Beasts and Fantastic Tales Does art imitate life, or the other way around? And what does it say of our current obsession toward tales which fall into the category of the furious and the fantastic? How much of what we read and write reflect the way we live? Speakers: Ben Loory, Joshua Ip, Lawrence Ypil

2:10 pm – 2:20 pm   In the Works A reading by Feby Indirani

2:20 pm – 2:25 pm   Fever Pitch A presentation by

2:25 pm – 3:10 pm   The Bottom Line: Stories that Pay Off Most stories that are important in our lives come by free of charge, but how to turn such stories into a unique experience for the masses is a costly process. As a commodity, a good story is very expensive, especially when you tie that in with narratives that are meant to communicate a specific vision for brands, political parties or organizations. What’s the catch? Speakers: Brian Capel, Wandi S. Brata, Xu Xi

3:10 pm – 3:20 pm   In the Works A performance by Joshua Ip and Debra Yatim

3:20 pm – 3:30 pm   Fever Pitch A presentation by

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm   Living in the Age of Content In this digital era, content is often seen as King, the tool which drives all communications effort. At the heart of all that is good writing, and furthermore it is great storytelling. But stories mean a lot of things to a lot of people, and it is usually difficult to determine what good content is outside of the traditional metrics (readers, followers,users). What then is the key to producing great content? Speakers: Asmara Wreksono, Aulia Halimatussadiah, Mohammad Edwin

4:15 pm – 4:25 pm   In The Works A reading by Dai Fan and Xu Xi

4:25 pm – 4:40 pm   Announcements

4:40 pm – 5:00 pm   Closing