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BOOK A WRITER / Our Workshops

Discover our wide range of exciting topics, touching on everything Sing Lit – and more.


(i) Prose & Playwriting

“AND NOW WE FIGHT TO THE DEATH!”: WRITING ACTION
For: all students; 5–25 pax

Unlearn the tedious “And-then” approach to writing action sequences, and learn to focus on the narrative, character and emotion in writing action sequences.

BASIC PLAYWRITING FOR TEACHERS
For: teachers only; 5-15 pax

This 6-hour hands- on workshop is a practical introduction to the craft of playwriting that will help you create a script that will be exciting to stage and easy to produce. 

BUILDING BETTER PLOTS
For: teachers only; 15-25 pax.

Designed as an introduction to plot creation, this 6-hour workshop will equip teachers with a deeper understanding of story structure that can help their students develop an awareness of interesting and effective choices they can make in their compositions under exam conditions.

CHARACTER STUDY: A MONOLOGUE FOR SWORN ENEMIES
For: upper sec, junior college; 5–15 pax

Write a dramatic monologue for a character who you love to hate, using tools to help you write compelling characters. 

THE CORES OF COMPELLING CHARACTERS
For: upper sec, junior college; 10–20 pax

Be introduced to a systematic way of understanding, developing and giving life to characters: Carl Jung’s theory of the 8 cognitive functions.

CRAFTING CREDIBLE DIALOGUE *
For: upper sec, junior college; 5-20 pax
Learn how to craft authentic and credible dialogue that propels your story forward. Workshops may be geared toward either fiction or playwriting.

DESCRIPTIVE WRITING
For: teachers only; 15-25 pax.
This 6-hour workshop is designed to help teachers enhance the way they teach descriptive writing. Through hands-on activities and writing exercises, teachers will learn techniques and strategies that can improve the descriptive writing skills of their students.

DETECTIVES, DEDUCTION AND DECEIT
For: upper / lower pri; 5-30 pax
Create intriguing (or just plain devious!) characters, mysterious settings, and intricate plots for your detective stories.

FINDING DRAMA IN CURRENT AFFAIRS
For: upper sec, junior college; 5–25 pax

Participants will learn to look at current affairs from different perspectives and find dramatic and narrative value within such events.

THE HERO'S JOURNEY
For: all students; 10-25 pax
A workshop based on mythologist Joseph Campbell’s work on extracting the essence of a hero’s stages through a story – craft and analyse plots with The Hero's Journey!

HOW I BECAME A LIAR
For: all students; min. 10 pax
Learn how news reporting and copyediting can inform one's approach to writing short stories. Try your hand at interview skills and writing exercises.

HOW TO BAKE A PLOT
For: all students; 5-15 pax

Get a taster of plots drawn from the literary canon and bestseller fiction. Try your hand at baking their own plots, giving rise to much suspense and tension.

HOW TO CREATE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS
For: all students; 5-15 pax

How do writers create characters? Learn to create memorable characters by applying your understanding of human nature, imagination, and language skills.

HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL (1) (2)
For: all students, 3-25 pax

Learn what it takes to start a novel with a bang and follow through to the end, while understanding the basic elements of a novel.

HOW TO WRITE A SHORT STORY *
For: all students; min. 10 pax
Providing techniques for turning your notes, ideas and fragments into a story by focusing on character, setting and other features of narrative fiction.

HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY (1) (2)
For: junior college; max. 20 pax

Learn how writing elements are involved to bring your story to life; shape your words to make personal incidents become relevant and interesting for others.

IMAGINED REALITIES (1) (2) (3)
For: all students, 8–25 pax

How do you create fantastical worlds that are believable and compelling? Learn the basics of worldbuilding in this workshop.

INTRODUCING CREATIVE NONFICTION I: FUNDAMENTALS OF EXPLORING THE PERSONAL
For: lower sec, upper sec, junior college; 10–25 pax
Explore the creative non-fiction writing genre through reading and responding to excerpts of memoir, food writing and travel writing written from the personal perspective.

INTRODUCING CREATIVE NONFICTION II: EXPLORING THE PERSONAL THROUGH ENGAGING NARRATIVES
For: lower sec, upper sec, junior college; 10–25 pax

Examine a significant personal experience and craft this into a cohesive, engaging narrative.

LETS TALK ABOUT DIALOGUE
For: all students; 5–25 pax

Learn to use dialogue to elevate character and plot. A unique scenarios-based hands-on component will help students craft a page of dialogue.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, SUPERSCRIBE!
For: upper pri, lower sec; 25-30 pax

With role playing and dramatised readings, learn the elements of a screenplay including scene, action, character and dialogue and conflict resolution.

THE PRACTICE OF FICTION
For: all students; max. 12 pax
A valuable opportunity to learn how to craft character, shape a story, hone a voice, and have their work read in a stimulating environment.

READING THE LIBRA MUNDI
For: all students; 10-15 pax

Learn to sift through one's senses, personal histories and a reading of current events as catalysts for developing writing projects.

SCHOOL OF VILLAINOUS DEEDS
For: upper / lower pri, 5-30 pax

Learn the importance of the protagonist / antagonist relationship and work on creating a truly villainous villain in the process!

STARTLE YOUR READER BACK INTO LIFE!
For: upper / lower sec, junior college; max. 20 pax

Discuss the various elements of story and structure; release your creative genie and find your own unique literary voice with Josephine Chia.

TELLING STORIES WITH (ART)EFACTS *
For: upper pri, lower/upper sec; 5-20 pax
Using an art work or artefact, students will craft and develop a piece of flash fiction (1000-1500 words long) based on any chosen theme.

TERRITORY: CHARTING OUT SETTINGS IN STORIES *
For: upper sec, junior college; 5-20 pax
Gain tips on how to bring alive on paper settings that you are familiar with, but also some pointers on how to venture into the unknown and develop imaginary or historical settings that are beyond your everyday experience.


(ii) Poetry

ANIMAL CITY *
For: upper primary; 20-35 pax

Explore how to use poetry techniques such as personification and alliteration to create and recite poems.

THE ART OF PERSUASION IN POETRY
For: lower sec, upper sec, junior college; 5-20 pax

Look at examples of poetry about political and social issues; understand how poets use words and body language convince audiences of their beliefs.

A WOMAN'S VOICE IN POETRY
For: all students, 10-25 pax

A brief history of women's writing will precede a close reading of poems and a writing exercise, prompting students' to examine their identity and experience of gender.

CONFESSING IN SPOKEN WORD
For: all students, 8-20 pax

Attain a better understanding of confessional poetry and connect with your inner self in this workshop. What are the universal themes in your own story?

CONTEMPORARY POETRY: SINGING THE CONCRETE WORLD
For: French / French-language students; 5-10 pax

Learn through poetry how to find beauty in the modern world – not the “official” beauty seen by tourists, but a more personal and strange beauty that appears in modernity. 

EDITING THE PERSONAL IN POETRY
For: upper sec, junior college; 5–15 pax
Look at popular confessional poetry about identity and selfhood, and gain an understanding of how one might shape or edit a poem.

THE EKPHRASTIC, OR, ART IN POETRY
For: upper sec, junior college; 10–20 pax
Explore the way art and poetry can intersect, and how one might go about writing an ekphrastic poem.

GROW A POEM: FINDING WORDS IN NATURE
For: all students; 8-25 pax
Be inspired by nature and our environment: learn how to use your five senses to capture the awe-inspiring sunset, or the resilience of weeds growing in concrete.

HISTORY AND POETRY
For: upper sec, junior college; 15-25 pax
History seems to be the domain of fact, while poetry is the domain of subjective perception, emotion and feeling. Where then, do they productively meet? 

HOW TO READ AND WRITE CONFESSIONAL POETRY
For: upper sec, junior college; 10-30 pax
Learn about different confessional poems and find out how to apply practical criticism to this poetic style. Students will also get the chance to draw inspiration from their memories to pen their own poems.

HOW TO SPEND TIME WITH A POEM
For: all students; 10-15 pax

Providing students with essential skills to develop their appreciation of poetry, and step-by-step advice on the art of writing essays.

HOW TO WRITE POETRY? *
For: all students; min. 5 pax
What is a poem? Why write poetry? This exploratory workshop deals with finding a personal connection to your work and generative writing strategies. 

IMAGERY IN POETRY (1) (2)
For: all students; pax. various
A crash course in how to identify, analyse and talk about one of the toughest topics in literature, with exposure to work written over the 20th century.

MY CITY, MY WORDS
For: all students, 5-15 pax

What does it mean to live in such a city? Be introduced to urban poetry and learn to write about urban life.

MY ISLAND, MY CANVAS
For: all students; 10–25 pax
Students will explore their landscape – internal and external – searching for metaphors unique to their sense of home. 

NEITHER HERE NOR THERE: POETRY IN AN AGE OF MOVEMENT *
For: all students, 5-25 pax
Consider how words, ideas, and stories have moved with people over time and space to find new homes.

PLAYING WITH WORDS
For: all students, 5–20 pax

Fun – serious fun with language – is at the heart of poetry. Play improvisational word-games, collaborative writing, and get fascinated by the workings of the human brain.

POETIC REVISION AND WORKSHOPPING *
For: upper sec, junior college; 5-12 pax
An introduction to the principles of poetic revision, as well as a taste of the workshopping process; an opportunity to hone and refine existing work.

POETRY AS HONESTY (1) (2)
For: all students; min. 10 pax

How can we write poetry that is honest and relevant? How do we find the vital link between authenticity and believability when editing our own work?

PROTEST / POETRY
For: all students; 10–25 pax
A multi-disciplinary journey into poetry as a socio-cultural and civic activity; this workshop touches on contemporary poetry both local and international.

READING SOCIAL MESSAGES IN POETRY
For: lower sec, upper sec; min. 10 pax
Look forward to engaging with poems on the basis of their social messages and discuss how they inform, and are informed by their own lived experiences.

READING TO WRITE, WRITING TO READ (1) (2)
For: upper sec, junior college; 10-15 pax

Are you afraid of the unknown? Tackle the "unseen", experiment with form, and equip students with the tools to read and interpret poetry. 

TACKLING BODY IMAGE IN POETRY
For:
 all female students; min. 10 pax
An females-only workshop positing poetry as a vehicle through which young women can examine issues of confidence, belonging and self acceptance.

TEACHING UNSEEN POETRY
For: upper sec only; 10–40 pax

Using Sense and Sensitivity: A Guide to Unseen Poetry for the GCE 'O' and 'N' Level Exam (2018), enrich one’s understanding of poetry as it is tested.

THINKING INSIDE THE BOX: FORM IN POETRY
For: upper sec, junior college; min. 10 pax
"Think outside the box" is good and all – but this workshop will teach students the delights of constraint and limitation, form, meter and rhyme.

THIS PLACE, DISPLACED: WRITING THE CITY WITH POETRY
For: all students; 5-25 pax

How has our city changed - visually, architecturally, socially and psychologically? Where do people gather, remember, and make meaning? 

WALKING ON WATER: POEMS ALONG THE SINGAPORE RIVER
For: all students; 5-25 pax
What exactly is it about the river that 'brings us life'? Do different stretches of the river have different histories and different stories?

WHAT IS POETIC FORM? *
For: upper sec, junior college; 5-20 pax
This workshop will expand your idea of form in the arts and poetry, and introduce you to local poetry written in all kinds of shapes and sizes.


(iii) Creativity & Careers

AN EXQUISITE CADAVER
For: all students; min. 8 pax

An exquisite cadaver – or, an “exquisite corpse” – is an age-old method of assembling a collection of words and images to form a larger narrative. 

DEVELOPING EMPATHY
For: lower sec, upper sec junior college; 10-25 pax

In this close reading workshop, students will learn that the study of literature provides essential grounding in human understanding, and thus fosters empathy. Lessons gleaned will be applied to real-life situations.

DRAWING & ERASING: A JOURNEY
For: all students; min. 5 pax

A talk by Sonny Liew about his journey from reading comics to drawing and writing them; learn what it means to thrive in a competitive creative industry.

EURASIANS IN SINGAPORE: A BRIEF TOUR OF THE EURASIAN COMMUNITY, HISTORY AND CULTURE
For: all students; min. 10 pax
A talk by Melissa De Silva spotlighting the long history and unique culture of Eurasians in Singapore, told from the personal point of view of her own experience.

FROM ANCIENT CHINA TO MODERN EUROPE
For: Mandarin-language students; 10-20 pax

In this translation workshop, students will take a single Shijing poem and build, step by step, a translation written in French or English.

HOW TO BE A SPOKEN WORD POET
For: all students; min. 10 pax
A talk by Stephanie Dogfoot about a poet’s journey from being a shy reader to an award-winning, internationally-touring writer and performer, interspersed with poetry performances.

INTRODUCTION TO SPOKEN WORD (1)* (2)
For: all students; 5-30 pax

Learn the basics of poetic devices, understand the difference between written poetry and spoken word, and practice basic performance skills in this hands-on workshop.

HOW TO BE A WRITER (1) (2)
For: all students; min. 10 pax

The journey from first draft to publication. The attitude, processes & techniques to be a writer. The challenges of being a writer in Singapore.

KOMESAH KRISTANG / KRISTANG FOR BEGINNERS
For: all students and teachers; 20–40 pax
Develop an ability to use conversational Kristang through a series of fun and engaging games and activities.

NARRATIVE IN MOVEMENT *
For: upper sec, junior college; 5-20 pax

Begin with a story and turn it into different layers of abstraction in this multi-disciplinary workshop; choreograph a story via movement.

PHOTOWRITE *
For: all students; min. 10 pax
A multi-disciplinary journey of image making; both as a writer and shutterbug, connecting photography with writing in different genres.

THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GETTING PUBLISHED
For: all students; min. 10 pax

How does one become a published author? How do you sell a short story, or find an agent? Learn all this and more in this exclusive session.

RESEARCHING THE LITERARY FIELD
For: junior college; 10-30 pax

As students and scholars-to-be prepare to undertake academic careers in the literary field, Pierre Vinclair will impart tips on how to research any literary text. 

SATIRE AND THE ART OF EFFECTIVE TROLLING
For: upper sec, junior college; min. 10 pax
How can satirical writing be used as a means to convey an indirect message? Create opportunities to employ the cut and thrust of students' wit.

SINGAPORE LITERATURE 101 (1) (2)
For: all students; min. 10 pax
Everything and anything about Singapore literature; all you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask about local writing, in one exciting lecture.

SINGPOWRIMO: A LUXURY WE CANNOT AFFORD
For: all students; min. 30 pax
Explore the poetics of modern Sing Lit anthologies and how to submit work or begin as a young writer, in this wide-ranging talk and Q&A.

SOCIAL ISSUES IN DUB POETRY *
For: upper sec, junior college; 8-20 pax

Explore the complex matters of social injustice and politics in this fun workshop. Get in touch with a genre emerging out of reggae in the 1970s.

SPEAKING UP: PERFORMANCE POETRY *
For: all students; min. 10 pax
An introduction to the fundamental elements of spoken word. What makes it different from poetry found on the page? What does it mean to perform?

SPLIT NARRATIVES
For: all students, 8-15 pax
Learn how to write branching storylines for games, interactive fiction and multimedia experiences. Bring all those “what ifs” to life!

TRANSLATING ENGLISH POETRY INTO FRENCH
For: French / French-language students; 10-20 pax
In this translation workshop, experienced poet and translator Pierre Vinclair will guide students in the translation of a 20th century American or French poem.

THE UNDERLANGUAGE OF COMICS
For: all students; mix. 5 pax

A talk by Sonny Liew about what makes comics a unique medium – its "underlanguage" of panels, word balloons, text-image interaction and more.

USING SINGAPOREAN POETRY IN YOUR CLASSROOM
For: all teachers; min. 5 pax
An exclusive teachers-only workshop designed to help educators understand more about incorporating Singaporean poetry into their classrooms.

VISUAL TEXT: A GUIDE TO ART & POETRY
For: all students; 8-25 pax
Learn how to use shape, line, and movement to create your own visual poetry. Gain a better understanding of the relationship between text and images.

WHAT IS SINGAPORE POETRY?
For: upper sec, junior college; 15-25 pax
Critically examine the boundaries of what constitutes "Singapore poetry", both through a Socratic discussion and also through the reading of various "Singapore" poems, historical and current.

WORD! PERFORMING POETRY
For: all students; 10–25 pax
In this lecture-style workshop, students will be introduced to the history of poetry as an oral and performative tradition.

WRITE LIKE A JOURNALIST
For: upper sec, junior college; 6–20 pax

Using interview skills, analysis of material and organisation of info, write a newspaper article in a way that hooks the reader in the digital age.

(iv) Notes

* Workshops marked with an asterisk are eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant Subsidy. Do contact us if you have any questions regarding the Subsidy.


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