School of Creative

Eugene Ong

Eugene Ong

MA Creative Writing
2018 — 2020

Eugene Ong is interested in city planning, architectural heritage and photography. His photographs on Singapore's housing estates have appeared in <<联合早报>>. He teaches at St. Joseph's Institution. 

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Thesis work

The collection of flash fiction or short-form writing was inspired by, and paired with 35mm black-and-white photographs. No longer than 1000 words each, these highly compressed narratives take their cue from the short story, but contain language charged with the lyric intensity of a poem. As hybrid forms, these pocket-sized stories open up new vistas to foreign periods and places in Singapore. The other more traditional short stories in the thesis project feature characters struggling to understand themselves in relation to country and family.

Published work and readings

Published work
Ong, E. (2018). Figures in Landscape. Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Issue 41: Writing Singapore (Oct 2018). Retrieved from:
Ong, E (2019). Sound and Pristine Health. Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Vol. 18 No. 2 (Apr 2019). Retrieved from:
Ong, E (2019). Portmanteau. Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Vol. 19 No. 1 (Jan 2020). Retrieved from:
Ong, E (2020). Rediscovery. The Ekphrastic Review. (Feb 2020). Retrieved from: