Malaysian Writers was founded in October 2014 by Tina Isaacs, who started a Facebook group for WRITERS hailing from MALAYSIA (Malaysian citizens/PRs, and foreign expats who write, live and work in Malaysia); that transcends genre, language, function, medium and experience levels.
It’s a closed online group that provides support and networking opportunities for writers – a safe haven for them to discuss industry matters and challenges, as well as share publication and job opportunities. The platform facilitates interaction, provides support and fosters a sense of community through initiated physical gatherings, craft/learning exercises, industry news sharing and various writer-focus discussion.
The group has since grown in numbers reaching the 5,000 members tier within 3 years and continues to grow with an average of 30 members weekly. Any writers that fit the above-mentioned criteria can join the online group for free. Simply log on to Malaysian Writers Community or search for ‘Malaysian Writers Community / Komuniti Penulis Malaysia‘ on Facebook, and submit your member request. An administrator will approve accordingly.
Some of the online activities held in our community include:
(a) #MYWriters1stLiner (weekly, new prompt every Monday)
Write an intriguing first line to a story. Entry that receives most votes [LIKES] is awarded recognition as the “Malaysian Writers First-Liner Weekly Winner”. Weekly winners will be rejudged in December for the “Malaysian Writers First-Liner of 2015 contest” to be announced on 1st January 2016.
(b) #MYWritersPoetryPrompt (weekly, new prompt every Wednesday)
Write a poem based on the prompt criteria provided.
(c) #MYWritersWritingPrompt (weekly, new prompt every Friday)
Write a story, essay or poem based on the prompt provided.
(d) #MYWritersWhatAreYouWorkingOn (monthly)
Members share an excerpt of their current work in progress.
(e) #MYWritersWeeklyThought (weekly)
A quote to inspire writers for the week ahead.
Writing competitions, contests or call for submissions, locally or internationally.
Work opportunities for writers, whether full time or freelance.
Links to training on the writing craft and writing related skills, held locally or internationally, online or in person.
Links to events pertaining to writing and matters of interest to our community such as author readings/signings, poetry performances/slams, book launches, literary conferences.
Members are encouraged to share their contact details to ease members’ reference and retrieval.
Members are invited to share and regularly update a list of their individual published work.
Members may view database of services offered by other members, or enter their own details into the Google.Docs to offer services to other members.