Learning Across Boundaries (LABs)

Short Story Writing in Portugal: An International Conference and Retreat

June/July 2018

A Summer LAB led by Professor Robin Hemley

This LAB is designed for anyone interested in reading and writing the short story. Professor Robin Hemley will bring students to The 15th Annual International Conference on the Short Story in English, held from June 26th – June 30th in Lisbon, Portugal.

Students will study the works of one author at the conference of their choosing and will meet and likely interview him or her, in addition to attending sessions on the short story form. After the conference, students will embark on a week-long writing retreat in the Portuguese countryside.

Check out the conference website here: http://www.shortstoryinenglishlisboa2018.com

DATES: Sunday, 24 June 2018 – Friday, 6 July 2018 (Tentative)

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Students will arrange for, and cover their own airfare to and from Lisbon, so that they may travel to Portugal from whatever geographical location they are in mid-summer. Upon selection of LAB participants, need and merit based financial assistance to mitigate these costs will be made available through a financial assistance application process. Please come talk to CIPE about any concerns or needs you may have. We will work with every student to ensure that finances are not a burden if you wish to participate.

*More information on co-pays in conjunction with the above costs of travel will be available soon. If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to Annette Wu at annette.wu@yale-nus.edu.sg.


Application for this LAB is closed.



The course fits squarely into the Common Curriculum, particularly in the Lit Hum series of courses.  Students will be exposed to the kind of international blending of literatures that Yale-NUS holds dear in its offerings and iot will further students’ appreciation of reading and writing literature.



At the retreat, students will work on a short story or two of their own (approximately 1500 words) as well as a critical paper on the author whose work they chose (1500-2000 words).  In the evenings, students will present their works.  They will also each present a work by their chosen author to the group and lead a discussion on him/her. Through an intensive study of the short story form, both in terms of craft and theory, students will gain invaluable knowledge of one of the most enduring forms of literature and hone presentation skills.

At the end of the LAB, students will select one of their efforts, either critical or “creative” to include in a special edition of The Hawker, The Writer’s Centre Newsletter, or they will produce a short anthology of their own, or a combination of both.