❚ Residency Writers Night
- Date: 3 September 2019
- Place: Seminar Room at Toji Cultural Centre
- Participants: Twelve persons (Writers, sculture artist, Korean traditional musical instrument player)
Early every month, writers and artists invited for Residency to Toji Cultural Centre have a Writers Night for ice-breaking, usually referred to as Maeji-ri Night because Maeji-ri is a local village name where Toji Cultural Centre is located.
Writers and artists stay for Residency program, which is financed annually by Wonju City and Gangwon-do Provincial Government, for one month up to three months. Every writer and artist say they all love staying at Toji Cultural Centre where the natural beauty and surroundings are stretched all around because they are able to focus on what they want to do in their own room, not being disturbed no matter what. Everybody also say they like meals served at the dining facility of the Centre. Meals are added with zero chemical ingredients.
New writers and artists come and go every month. Thus, to get to know each other, Writers Night is held early every month. They talk about who they are, what they did, what they are doing right now, and what they will do, etc.
Residency program started in 2001. Until 2004, only Korean writers stayed at the Centre but in 2005, the Centre began providing Residency service also to writers from around the world. Ice-breaking session among writers and artists reportedly started in 2010.
Twelve writers and artists attended the Writers Night. Two writers from Republic of South Africa and India are also among the participants as invited Residency program writers.
Successful designation as a City of Literature of UNESCO Creative Cities Network will allow Culture and Art Department of Wonju City to offer more extended Residency program to writers from member cities of literature of the world!, as many in Wonju dearly wish.