2013 Courses

Jan ’13
14-15

Strategies for Migration from Print to eBooks and Apps

This course will introduce and discuss various standards, tools and technologies to provide you with a high-level working knowledge of possible solutions for application at the workplace. This course will include case studies and class discussions utilising real-world examples. Details
Jan ’13
17-18

Methods for Migration from Print to eBooks and Apps

The Methods for Migration From Print to eBooks and Apps workshop will cover and contrast specific
web standards in detail. This course will be especially useful for those who lead development projects
for electronic books and applications. A Details
Jan ’13
21

The Internet as a Tool in Education – Essential Digital Literacy and Citizenship Skills for Educator

The Internet not only offers great opportunities for education, learning, socialising and networking, but it is also transforming how we do all these things. Services like Twitter, Facebook, gaming, BlackBerry Messenger increase our ability to stay permanently connected to our online networks. These new developments can also present challenges in terms of eSecurity, managing our privacy, identity, boundaries, personal data as well as issues like addiction. Details
Feb ’13
23

Freelancing as a Features Writer

So you've always aspired to be a freelance writer? And you want to develop your nose for news? Here's where you can begin your journey! Felix Cheong, award-winning poet and journalist, will be your guide through the basics of journalism. Whether it's journalistic etiquette and conduct, preparing questions for and conducting interviews or how to write different kinds of articles, Felix will systematically take you through the process, using a multi-media approach. Details
Mar ’13
9

Fun with Creative Writing

Ideal for Primary and Secondary School teachers, this workshop will delve into creative writing strategies which can be used in classrooms. Details
Mar ’13
15

For Writers: Pitching your work and engaging the right agents

Learn warm up exercises for writing, developing believable characters, dialogue and plot imbued with your personal style. Also learn about acquisition, finding the right agent, perfecting your pitch, knowing what a rejection letter is really saying and exploring other means such as writing for hire, co-authoring and research writing. Details
Mar ’13
22

Introduction to Indexing for Editors

This course is designed as an introduction to indexing for editors and assumes no knowledge of indexing concepts at all. Editors or editing students who would like to develop a basic understanding of indexing will benefit greatly from this one-day course. Details
Mar ’13
23

Advanced indexing

This one-day course is primarily aimed at indexers, but editors who are either involved in commissioning indexes and need to assess the finished index, or are also responsible for the creation of indexes will gain substantially from this course. Details
Apr ’13
5-6

Using Storytelling in the Classroom

Professional storyteller and teacher, Richard Martin (returning for his third workshop), will first show how you, too, can tell a story freely. Then storytelling methodology to support your students’ listening, speaking and writing skills will be demonstrated and practised in this hands-on workshop. Details
Apr ’13
12

The World of Historical Fiction: Making History, Writing It

Author, novelist and short story writer Anu Kumar will take participants through the different kinds of historical fiction found within the genres of romance, adventure, memoirs and medium of apps, films and plays. Participants will also learn how to use research material in writing fiction and experience a 2 hour intensive exercise in writing historical fiction. Details
Apr ’13
13

Catalyst: Releasing New Writing

Established local theatre practitioner and writer Verena Tay will help you perceive the world around you and the objects that surround you in a new fashion so as to fuel your creativity and give impetus to new writing. Details
May ’13
4

Advanced Fiction Writing Course

The Advanced Fiction workshop aims to help writers who already have a grasp of the basics of writing fiction further perfect and develop their craft. Aspects of fiction writing such as plot, dialogue, character, setting and pace will be featured, along with more advanced topics such as semiotics, allegory and symbolism . These aspects of writing fiction will be explored via collaborative and solo exercises in the workshop. Details
Jul ’13
5

Introduction to Copyediting for Non-fiction

The course will introduce participants to BSI (British Standards Institution) proof reading symbols. There will be several practical exercises and time for discussion. Suitable for anyone copy-editing newsletters, marketing materials and similar non-fictional content. Details
Jul ’13
26

Reading Stories Aloud

This workshop covers all areas of reading aloud either to children or to adults, including vocal tone, clarity, pausing, emphasis, rhythm and shaping a spoken piece. Details
Aug ’13
17

Build Your Student’s Strengths in Narrative Writing

Drawing from his vast experience as a writer, Felix Cheong will introduce strategies to help you help your students who have weaker writing skills improve their narrative writing. Using a multi-media approach, Felix will take you through the basics of narrative writing, from the structure of plots to the use of descriptions, and offer suggestions for prewriting games as well as writing exercises you can use in the classroom. Details
Aug ’13
24

How to teach using comics

Comics are good at grabbing attention from younger learners, and some teachers are interested in comics as part of their classroom teaching. After all, a poorly-drawn Hello Kitty may be more appealing than a photo of famous real people! Details
Sep ’13
7

Writing Workshop: Young Adult’s Fiction Fantasy

The workshop aims to help new writers and aspiring writers get up to speed with the essentials of writing fiction for the young adult market in the fantasy genre. Major building blocks of the craft such as plot, dialogue, character, setting and pace will be explained by the facilitator in a full-day 6.5-hour workshop. Details
Sep ’13
14

Cooperative Learning Techniques for Classroom Teaching

Through cooperative learning, students learn how they can as a member of a group or team use their knowledge and skills to ensure their group’s success, thereby ensuring their own success in any task or subject. Students work cooperatively together to maximise their own and each other’s learning. Details
Sep ’13
16

Using the Internet as a tool for publishing and promoting your book

This workshop has been devised for mainstream--‐unpublished authors and ‘talents in the wings’ who have a book inside them waiting to break out. Your facilitator will walk you through the stages of building your following through the act of publishing, to marketing your work and collecting your revenue. Suitable for budding authors of any genre, the workshop will be structured in such a way as to provide ample time for questions and sharing from the floor to ensure that you get the chance to talk about concerns that are specific to your situation. Details
Sep ’13
17-18

Staying Ahead in the Digital Revolution (even if you haven’t started the race yet)

This two-day workshop is intended for publishers and authors taking their first steps in ePublishing. You will examine your preparedness for ePublishing, your market’s preparedness and expectations, and how to exploit these to your benefit. You will look at the need to transition from ‘e’ to ‘i’ and how even the most technophobic publisher can keep pace with the technology revolution in publishing.
Details
Oct ’13
5

Write a Memoir to Remember

This workshop is suitable for those who are considering writing their memoirs and want to make it readable and exciting! Learn easy and inspiring techniques and hone your skills in the craft of writing to make memoirs come alive. Details
Oct ’13
21

Honing your craft: Advanced copyediting & proofreading

Editing? Want to advance and add skills? All editors (books, magazines, websites) now need to keep up with changing roles and the rapid expansion of technology and its effects on publishing (print and online). If you want to deepen your skills working with and analysing texts; understanding the market, and using all you have to make your publication the best it can be, then join us! It will be an intensely fun (and intensely productive) day. Details
Oct ’13
23

Structural editing of non-fiction—Location, location

Good writing needs clear thinking. And, in the hands of a good structural editor, the writing can be shaped and formed so its best features shine and readers want to keep reading. Of course, working with non-fiction can bring its own challenges and thrills. In this day’s workshop, we’ll expand the skills we have to dissect the ‘architecture’ of a piece and enhance its meaning and clarity. And we’ll look at how to develop good editing practices and a ‘kitbag’ of techniques so editors feel equipped to tackle any job, any size, any content (!) Details
Oct ’13
25

Structural editing of fiction—All aboard the Arc ?

In this workshop, we’ll look at the traditional and modern forms of narrative, particularly the narrative arc and how editors reveal and confirm the story’s journey, the characters’ development and the resolution of a riveting plot. Join us to delve into fiction works and discover the joy of having a finely tuned ear for dialogue, eye for detail and nose for a good story! Details