Workshops: Singapore Book Council’s October workshops


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1. Good, Clean Copy – How good editing can make you a great writer

1 OCTOBER 2018 (Mon) | 9:30AM – 5:30PM

Truman Capote famously said: “I’m all for the scissors. I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” In fact, many great writers refer to the editing stage as “where the real work happens.” The fine art of editing really can make good writing great and time and time again proves the old adage that less really is more. This workshop looks at distilling and crystallizing your writing to make it shorter, sharper and – most importantly – better. The workshop will include practical exercises and will teach you a number of tried and tested editing techniques. As Dr Seuss says: “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”

Suitable for: Writers of any experience level, from both fiction and non-fiction, who want to develop a disciplined approach to their work and gain an understanding of the importance and effectiveness of good editing.

Trainer: Simon Clews – Simon is in great demand as a writing coach and has delivered training around the world, including in Singapore, Canada, the UK, Thailand and Hong Kong. Prior to that he ran the Melbourne Writers’ Festival for fourteen years, as well as a slew of other literary events, including Writers at Como, Writers at the Convent, Stories Alive and Crime & Justice.

Register here or https://academy.bookcouncil.sg/courses/detail/good-clean-copy-how-good-editing-can-make-you-a-great-writer#discount

 

2. The New Self-Publishing – How the entrepreneurial writer can challenge publishing’s status quo

2 OCTOBER 2018 (Tue) |  9:30AM – 5:30PM

There has never been a better time to be a writer; the power balance is shifting away from the traditional gatekeepers, the commercial publishers, and back into the hands of the writers. The traditional publishing process is fast becoming known as ‘legacy publishing’ and the canny writer is reinventing themselves as an entrepreneur with a significant digital presence. As part of this revolution, self-publishing has been reborn and is now a force to be reckoned with. Done properly, the new self-publishing allows the writer to carefully cultivate their audience and deliver a book to them that is a hotly anticipated product, rather than just being a small cog in the machine of the very speculative process that is traditional publishing. But it’s crucial to get this right. This workshop will look at taking advantage of this publishing revolution and avoiding any pitfalls that might come your way.

Suitable for: Writers of any experience level, from both fiction and non-fiction, who are new to self-publishing and who have a specific publishing project in mind.

Trainer: Simon Clews – Simon is in great demand as a writing coach and has delivered training around the world, including in Singapore, Canada, the UK, Thailand and Hong Kong. Prior to that he ran the Melbourne Writers’ Festival for fourteen years, as well as a slew of other literary events, including Writers at Como, Writers at the Convent, Stories Alive and Crime & Justice.

Register here or https://academy.bookcouncil.sg/courses/detail/the-new-self-publishing-how-the-entrepreneurial-writer-can-challenge-publis

3. Storytelling to Develop Emotional Intelligence 

6 OCTOBER 2018 (Sat) |  9:30AM – 12:30PM

Success in the real-world is not determined by our academic excellence but by our ability to interact with others. We can develop emotional intelligence through the magical world of storytelling. This workshop will guide participants to choose and craft stories to help children understand different types of emotions. Participants will also design suitable activities that will build empathy and compassion towards people around them.

Suitable for: Adults working with children of ages 4-9 years old.

Trainers:

Karen Lee – Karen is a storyteller and trainer with 20 years of teaching experience in the education field. She has been telling stories to people of all ages, from all walks of life, sharing with them hope, courage and a chance to understand the self and others.

Wong Swee Yean – Swee Yean, an experienced storyteller and trainer, has been telling stories in schools, libraries and museums for the past 12 years.  She has also trained teachers and emerging storytellers of all ages from 7 to 70.

Register here or https://academy.bookcouncil.sg/courses/detail/storytelling-to-develop-emotional-intelligence

 

4. Tarian Pena: Mencoret Luahan Hati (The Dancing Pen: Scribbling the Voices from Within)

27 OCTOBER 2018 (Sat) | 9:30AM – 12:30PM

Bengkel ini akan memberi pendedahan akan gaya penulisan serta pendekatan yang boleh digunakan dalam menghasilkan sesebuah karya, khususnya cerpen. Para peserta juga akan dikongsi sama beberapa teknik penulisan yang berguna dalam usaha untuk melahirkan sebuah cerpen yang menarik.

At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

a. identify the processes taken when writing a creative prose,

b. understand the various techniques that can be used in creating an effective creative prose, and

c. produce a sound logline that they will use for their upcoming written work.

The style of writing and the different approaches in writing will be shared during the course of this workshop. Participants will also be introduced to the different techniques that they can apply in their effort to come up with a short story.

Trainer: Djohan A Rahman – Djohan started off writing lyrics for his dikir barat performing arts group (Andika) in 1991. He wrote his first short story (Salah Siapa?) in 1999 and it won the Biennial Malay Literary Award in 2001.

Register here or https://academy.bookcouncil.sg/courses/detail/tarian-pena-mencoret-luahan-hati-the-dancing-pen-scribbling-the-voices-from

 

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