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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

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.
Develop plot and character driven stories, and identify plot elements such as motivation, reversals and inciting incidents.

DESCRIPTIVE WRITING
For: teachers only; 15-25 pax.
Develop strategies to show, not tell, identify good descriptions, use the five senses in writing, and write relevant and specific descriptions. 

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

HOW DO YOUR CHARACTERS SPEAK?
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.

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 what the basic elements of a novel comprise of.

HOW TO WRITE A 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.

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

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

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
F
or: 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.

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.

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

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

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!

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.


(ii) Poetry

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. 

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 SPEND TIME WITH A POEM
For: all students; 10-40 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? (1) (2)
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
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. 

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?

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.

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
Fo
r: 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

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.

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. 

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 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.

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
Fo
r: 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. 

SINGAPORE LITERATURE 101
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.

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.

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.

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.


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