PEN appoints author-inresidence
POET, writer and artist Suu Mei Aung has won a Residency Artist Program award from PEN Myanmar writers’ association. Now she has to write a book.
To be specific, she has to write a book in about six weeks.
PEN Myanmar association invited applications for the award in September, and of the 20 who came forward, it was Suu Mei Aung who won. In addition to receiving K1.5 million, she has to complete a novel between November 1 to December 15 (the association provides her with meals and a place to write).
PEN is looking for a strong and significant plot and a fresh and creative writing style to showcase Myanmar literature and spur PEN’s efforts to develop local fiction.
Suu Mei Aung told The Myanmar Times she would write about her own life, employing a half-diary, halfnarrative form she said had never been attempted in Myanmar.
“I was guitar-crazy since childhood. There were very few guitar classes, but I wanted to learn with all my heart. I married a guitarist and we performed at Mr Guitar restaurant for a living,” she said.