Freelancing as a Features Writer

By Felix Cheong

23 February 2013 (Sat)
9.30am – 5.30pm

Silver Room
ChartNexus
International Plaza, #34-08
10 Anson Road, Singapore 079903

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Course Fee: $250.00

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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.

At the end of the course, you'd have learned how to write two kinds of features articles: Personality profile and trend and commentary. You’d also learn how to pitch your story ideas to magazines and how to get them published.

Course Outline:

  • Becoming a freelance writer
  • Different kinds of features writing
  • What makes for good writing
  • Peg and hook
  • Writing trend and commentary
  • Writing personality profiles
  • Drafting interview questions
  • Interview skills
  • How not to quote people out of context
  • Research skill
  • Plagiarism
  • Professional conduct and etiquette
  • Pitching story ideas

About the trainer: Felix Cheong

Felix Cheong

Felix Cheong, completed his Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland in 2002 and is currently an adjunct lecturer with Murdoch University, University of Newcastle, University of Western Australia, Temasek Polytechnic and LASALLE College of the Arts.

Author of nine books, including four collections of poetry, two teen detective novels, The Call from Crying House (2006), and the sequel, Woman in the Last Carriage (2007), and Vanishing Point, which was long-listed for the prestigious Frank O’Connor last year. His latest book is Singapore Siu Dai, a collection of humorous flash fiction. The sequel, Singapore Siu Dai 2, will be launched in September.

He received the National Arts Council’s Young Artist of the Year for Literature Award in 2000 and was nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2004.

Registration Details

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation of workshop, two weeks before the workshop date.

All ALAP workshops serve tea-breaks and provide course handouts.

Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances ( E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us later than two weeks before the workshop date will receive a 50 % refund. Participants can also opt to attend another course at the same value within the same year.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.