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Book A Writer / Yeo Wei Wei

Yeo Wei Wei

 
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ABOUT

Yeo Wei Wei (b. 1973) is a writer, translator and educator. She has twenty years of experience in teaching, and has worked with students at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. Literature and Creative Writing were her areas of specialisation at SOTA, NUS and NTU. In 2017 she graduated with Distinction in her MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) from the University of East Anglia. She was awarded the National Arts Council Postgraduate Scholarship in 2016 to pursue the MA. She also holds a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge. Her collection of short stories These Foolish Things & Other Stories was published by Ethos Books in 2015.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • 2015 – These Foolish Things & Other Stories (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2015)

TESTIMONIALS

FROM CAMP LIT ALUMNI
“The exercises in the course actually served to break my writer’s block and I would definitely use it in the future. THANK YOU! <3”

WORKSHOPS BY YEO WEI WEI

DEVELOPING EMPATHY
For:
 lower sec, upper sec junior college; 10-25 pax
Availability: 2/3 hours
Description: Reading is carried out in solitude and yet reading is said to develop one’s empathy for others. Empathy is necessary for fulfilling relationships at work and at home. In this close reading workshop (featuring selected texts chosen in collaboration with school teachers), students will be learn that the study of literature provides essential grounding in human understanding, and thus fosters empathy. Lessons gleaned from interpreting literary works will be applied to real-life situations.
Learning Outcomes: how to read and analyse literary texts; how to apply lessons learned from studying literature to real-life situations

HOW TO SPEND TIME WITH A POEM
For: 
all students; 10-25 pax
Availability: 3 hours in a bundle of 2/3 sessions (1 hour or 1.5 hours per session)
Description: Dr. Yeo Wei Wei wrote her doctoral dissertation on poetry but when she was at school she didn't understand what was required of her whenever she was given a poem to "close read". These sessions will provide students with essential skills to develop their appreciation of poetry. There will also be step-by-step instruction and advice on the art of writing essays based on close readings.
Learning Outcomes: how to analyse a poem; how to write practical criticism essays on unseen and known texts

HOW TO CREATE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS
For: 
all students; 5-15 pax
Availability: 3 hours; single session
Description: Fiction allows us to meet interesting and absorbing characters. How do writers create characters? This workshop will teach students how to create memorable characters by applying their understanding of human nature, imagination, and language skills. 
Learning Outcomes: how to write descriptive passages and scenes to breathe life into characters; how to learn and improve the art of characterisation through the close reading of exemplary works of fiction.

HOW TO BAKE A PLOT
For: 
all students; 5-15 pax
Availability: 3 hours; single session
Description: Plot is a sticky term for writers. Some writers, like Stephen King, claims that he doesn’t bother with plot because human lives are plotless. F. Scott Fitzgerald proposed that plot is character and character is plot. E.M. Forster threw another term into the mix by saying that plot is different from story because stories are where things happen, and plots give us this in the framework of causes and effects. At the beginning of this workshop, students will get a taster of plots drawn from the literary canon and bestseller fiction. In the middle of the session, they will be trying their hand at baking their own plots, giving rise to much suspense and tension. What the ending looks like is anyone’s guess; hopefully everyone lives happily ever after. 
Learning Outcomes: how to differentiate between story and plot; how to structure a narrative by using causality, chronology and sequence; how to handle dramatic irony; How to write a satisfying ending 

 

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Book A Writer is Sing Lit Station's workshop-for-schools programme, featuring a roster of Singapore's most important writers at work today. *Do you want to Book A Writer? For enquiries on Yeo Wei Wei's availability and workshop rates in Sing Lit Station's Book A Writer programme, do fill in the form below. Messages should take no longer than 2-3 days for a reply.

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