Work Work Balance: How I Wrote my Novel 500 Words at a Time - An Evening with Writer in Residence Rachel Heng

Work Work Balance: How I Wrote my Novel 500 Words at a Time - An Evening with Writer in Residence Rachel Heng

13th July - 13th July 2020


What if working a day job and writing didn't have to be a zero-sum game? Hear from a writer who has used her day job in finance as inspiration, source material, and motivation to finish her novel. She’ll discuss how working and writing simultaneously doesn't always mean sacrificing one or the other, but rather, can create a balance leading to inspiration and success. What are the advantages of working and writing - and how do you find time for both? How can a day job both inspire and expose a writer to a world beyond what they've known? This talk will explore what it looks like when writing and working lives collide and professional experience influences art, and vice versa.

Rachel Heng was named one of The Independent's 'Emerging Authors To Look Out For in 2018', won Singapore Women’s Weekly’s Great Women of Our Time (Arts and Media) 2018 Award, and has been profiled by the BBC, The Evening Standard, The Telegraph, The Straits Times, Channel News Asia, Electric Literature, Library Journal and The Rumpus. Rachel's short fiction has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, Prairie Schooner's Jane Geske Award, and have been published or are forthcoming in Glimmer TrainMcSweeney’s Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Tin House, Guernica, The Offing and elsewhere. Rachel was born and raised in Singapore. After graduating from Columbia University with a BA in Comparative Literature & Society, she spent several years working in private equity in London. She now lives in Austin, where she is a fiction fellow at UT Austin's Michener Center for Writers.

Tickets are priced at £18 or £30 with dinner (a copy of Suicide Club included). Book online, call Reception on 01244 532350 or email

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