Trainers

Hassan Hasaa’Ree Ali

Hassan Hasaa’Ree Ali

Hassan Hasaa’Ree Ali, is the author of 'Selamat Malam Caesar'(Goodnight Caesar), his first short story collection which was also shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize ( SLP).

He won the 3rd prize in the 2007  Golden Point Award  in the Malay Short Story with his short-story 'Amnesia' and the 1st prize in the  2011 Golden Point Award Malay Short Story category with a piece entitled 'Homeostasis'. He came in 1st for Sayembara Nokhta Putih with his Sci-Fi short story 'Souvenir Dari Angkasa Lepas'.

In June 2012  Hassan attended the Iowa Summer writing festival in the United States.

Hassan also graduated from the National Arts Council Mentor Access Project under the guidance of Singaporean writer Mr Anuar Othman.

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Dr George Jacobs

Dr George Jacobs

Dr George Jacobs has taught collaborative learning to a wide variety of teachers in Singapore, from teachers of lower primary students to teachers of adults. Furthermore, he has written many articles and books on collaborative learning, reading and related topics. George serves on the boards of the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education and the Extensive Reading Foundation. Currently, he teaches at James Cook University, as well as helping the Book Council.

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Shelley Kenigsberg

Shelley Kenigsberg

Shelley Kenigsberg is a prominent freelance editor, writer and trainer. She runs S K Publishing (working with a range of private and publishing clients) and, since 2009, has presented Editing in Paradise masterclass programs. In 2012, Writing in Paradise began and now, both programs are fun in (as the name suggests) paradisiacal places. This year, Byron Bay, Ibiza, Myanmar and Bali. She is currently involved in training editors, mentoring writers, and editing and writing for trade, corporate, academic and educational, government and private clients.

Shelley is Head of the Macleay Diploma in Book Editing and Publishing and has delivered the course for the past 26 years. She has developed and presented courses for writers centres (Northern Rivers WC, Northern Territory WC, NSW WC, Tasmanian WC, Qld WC); Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators; Societies of Editors, Style Council, Institute of Professional Editors conferences, Distance Education for the Open Learning Conference in Australia; writers festivals in Indonesia (Ubud Writers Festival 2004–16) and language and corporate institutes overseas (Indonesia, Japan and South Africa). Shelley is a founding member of Professional Editors Association (NSW), was President of the NSW Society of Editors from 2001–03, Vice-President in 2004, Chair of the Accreditation Board and active in other national initiatives through the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).

Shelley is writing her own book. So she understands how to wear a few hats. The author one is, currently, the worst fitting. This will change.

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Phoon Kok Hwa

Phoon Kok Hwa

Phoon Kok Hwa is a Publisher at Candid Creation Publishing, a leading bilingual publishing house in Singapore. As a Publishing Coach, he has spent the last 12 years helping hundreds of aspiring authors to get their books published and marketed. Kok Hwa is a literary agent at heart, nurturing and extracting the potential book out of every aspiring author.. Apart from his personal beliefs in author expression, he also believes in a pragmatic aspect to publishing a book- personal branding- often stating that nothing produces instant credibility faster than giving away a book as a calling card. 

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John Kremer

John Kremer is an acknowledged expert on book publishing and marketing. Besides being the owner of his own publishing company (Open Horizons in Taos, New Mexico), he was the Editor of the Book Marketing Update newsletter for more than twenty years. John is also the author of a number of books on publishing and marketing, including 1001 Ways to Market Your Books: For Authors and Publishers (6th Edition), The Complete Direct Marketing Sourcebook, High Impact Marketing on a Low Impact Budget, and Celebrate Today. For the past twenty years, John has also consulted with some of the top bestselling authors in the US.

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Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz worked in several departments at major trade publishers and the world famous William Morris Agency before becoming an agent for twelve years at Writers House. She represented several New York Times bestsellers, two US National Book Award Finalists and a Newberry Award Winner. She was the agent for the mega-hit Animorphs. In Asia, Fran works closely with the National Book Development Council of Singapore and helps writers find agents in the US and UK. She is the Executive Producer of a feature length motion picture and regular columnist for the American Association newspaper. Her book Tales From A Broad was published by Bantam is also available in all e-books outlets.

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Lee Kow Fong

Lee Kow Fong

Lee Kow Fong, or Ah Guo, graduated with a BA(Hons) from the National University of Singapore and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation and Interpretation from the Nanyang Technological University. He received his MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, UK in 2011. Besides teaching as a full-time lecturer at the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, he is also actively involved in the promotion and creation of children’s picture-books in Singapore.

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Karen Lee

Karen Lee

Karen is a storyteller and trainer with 20 years of teaching experience in the education field. She has been telling stories to people of all ages, from all walks of life, sharing with them hope, courage and a chance to understand the self and others. She has trained preschool teachers and volunteers who tell stories in their communities. She enjoys bringing to her audience the joy that can be gained from storytelling.  

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Melanie Lee

Melanie Lee

Melanie Lee is a children’s book author, an arts and lifestyle writer, and a communications lecturer. The Adventures of Squirky the Alien, her picture book series on adoption, won the Crystal Kite Award 2016 (Middle East/India/Asia division) and Second Prize at the Samsung KidsTime Authors’ Award 2016. She is also the author of Quiet Journeys: Finding Stillness in Chaos and Imaginary Friends: 26 Fables for the Kid in Us. 

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Linda Tan Lingard

Linda Tan Lingard

Linda Tan Lingard is the managing partner of Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency. She has worked in the publishing industry for more than 20 years primarily in business, legal and tax publications. Linda has lived and worked in Jakarta, Hong Kong and UK and is keen to promote multicultural understanding through books and related activities. Linda is a Frankfurt Book Fair fellow and a fellow of the Asian Publishers Fellowship (Korea). She is a graduate of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and holds an MBA from Leicester University, UK and a Certificate in Copyright from HarvardX.

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Rachel Maund

Rachel Maund

Rachel Maund has over 30 years’ experience of writing copy for publishers, and has been running training workshops on copywriting for 20 years, and on five continents. Her company, Marketability (UK) Ltd, is London-based but works with publishing clients all over the world, specialising in marketing and in training. She works across all publishing sectors, including large and small companies in STM, academic, schools, business/professional, travel, and trade. Clients include John Wiley, OUP, Cambridge University Press, Hachette, HarperCollins, SpringerNature, Taylor & Francis, SAGE Publications, World Scientific, Cengage, Pearson, Bloomsbury, and Bradt Travel Guides.

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Kate McCallum

Kate McCallum has worked in the South African publishing industry for 30 years. While her early background was on the editorial side, her later career was in general management, where she was Managing Director of Oxford University Press Southern Africa for 12 years.

Within the publishing industry, she has held most of the key positions in the industry associations, ranging from
Secretary of the former IPASA, Secretary of PASA, Chair of the Educational Publishers’ Executive, to being the first woman Chair of the Publishers’ Association.

She also initiated the Print Industries’ Cluster Council, and was elected the first Chair. In these roles her interests in the industry have been wide-ranging, and she has written and delivered many papers on aspects of the industry. 

Also a published author, she has delivered papers at various conferences, done extensive media promotion of books and reading, trained, lectured, and acted as external examiner at UCT and at Wits.

For the last four years she has run her own business as an international publishing consultant, consulting to publishing companies, NGOs, aid agencies, ministries of education, and individuals.

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John McKenzie

John McKenzie

John McKenzie is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Canterbury College of Education, passionate about the centrality of story, in all its guises, in the curriculum. He designed and implemented the graduate level Diploma in Children's Literature. He has many conference papers to his credit, is involved in the development of literacy qualifications in South Africa and has been awarded the Betty Gilderdale Award for services to NZ children's literature.

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Max McMaster

Max McMaster

Max McMaster has been a freelance indexer for the past 20 years, working on the indexing of books, databases and journals. He specialised in indexing after spending 19 years in library and information fields, mainly in scientific disciplines. He has more than 1950 indexes to his name. Max runs indexing training courses for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI), as well as other organisations and universities throughout Australia. Max is also an instructor for the online indexing course run through the University of California, Berkeley. He is a three-time winner of the ANZSI Medal for book indexing and is currently an ANZSI Council member. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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Desmond Moey

Desmond Moey

Desmond Moey is a Singer-Songwriter, and Show Producer (Musicals, Concerts, Events). Recent works include ‘Symphony in the Sky Sentosa 2014’, ‘Superhero Musical 2013(SGH), and Glow Musical PUB 50th Anniversary 2013. He has written songs for events such as Musical Singapore NDP 1997. He runs a music publishing outfit that helps songwriters earn enough to sustain their commitment to the art of songs. Under his leadership, successful song writing courses have also been conducted with the NLB (2013), and even the PRISONS Service (2013 Dec).

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Nandini Nagpal

Nandini Nagpal

Nandini Nagpal is a professional storyteller and a mindfulness practitioner, trainer and coach. She has worked with children and teenagers in different ways for the past 12 years. She has also been a judge at children’s storytelling, creative writing and oratorical competitions.
Nandini is also a psychometric assessment coach for executives. She has studied Applied Positive Psychology and learnt advanced meditation. She is a Professional Member of the Storytelling Association (Singapore) and is currently on their Executive Committee.

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Ng Swee San

Ng Swee San

NG Swee San is a freelance writer with tv screen credits for prime-time dramas (Code of Law 1 and 2; The Pupil 1 and 2; Anything Goes; Yang Sisters; 80s Rewind;), children’s shows (Kids United seasons 1, 2 and 3; Sketch; Shapes), infotainment (Art of Health; Travelling Palette) and docu-dramas and documentaries (True Courage; Dining with Death).

Her first feature film screenplay Funeral Ties was awarded second prize at the MDA National Scriptwriting Competition 2003 (Feature Film category). She has also been awarded three feature film script writing grants by the Singapore Film Commission.

Since 2008, she has been teaching screenwriting at Puttnam School of Film, Lasalle, and helps workshop student scripts. She was story consultant for the feature film Blood Ties.

Her first full-length play Marriage of Inconvenience was staged by Theatreworks in 2004. Her subsequent plays include Sangkuriang (adaptation of Indonesian folktale) and Bond-age (part of the OCBC Singapore Theatre Festival 2009).

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Lynette Owen

LYNETTE OWEN is a copyright and rights consultant based in the UK.  She has worked in the field of rights at Cambridge University Press, Pitman Publishing, Marshall Cavendish and then at Longman Group (more recently Pearson Education) where she held the post of Copyright Director.  She regularly lectures about rights on publishing degree courses in the UK and also runs training courses in the UK and abroad, most recently in  Brazil, Poland, India, Malaysia and the Middle East.  She is the General Editor of, and a contributor to, Clark's Publishing Agreements: A Book of Precedents 9/e (Bloomsbury Professional, 2013) and is the author of Selling Rights 7/e (Routledge, 2014).  In 2003 she was awarded the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2009 she was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours for services to publishing and international trade.

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Kylie Peh

Kylie Peh

Kylie PEH is a Partner in the Intellectual Property, Technology & Media, Telecommunications and Data Protection Practices.

Her main practice areas encompass both contentious and non-contentious IP, IP portfolio management, privacy and data protection, as well as media and telecommunications work, covering transactional, enforcement and advisory work including technology transfers and licensing, IT agreements, franchising and IP due diligence, IP asset acquisitions, divestments and other arrangements in the context of corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Kylie has been involved in a number of significant matters including acting for SGCM Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings which operates Singapore's number one online car site "www.SgCarMart.com", against Portalone Pte. Ltd, the operators of "www.oneshift.com", on copyright infringement issues relating to the reproduction and republication of advertisements and other copyright content from SgCarMart.com without consent; Focal Marine Pte. Ltd. on matters relating to a claim for copyright infringement arising out of technical specifications; and a UAE-based media company in drafting and negotiating an electronic publishing agreement for the publication and distribution of e-books in relation to works of famous Arab authors for which the company had previously acquired the intellectual property rights.

Kylie graduated from the National University of Singapore and is admitted to the Singapore Bar.

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Anupa Roy

Anupa Roy is a writer for young adults and children; content writer and information consultant. She is the author of the colourful picture books, 'Travels of Little Rice Grass & Travels of Little Tea Leaves'  published by Ethos Books Singapore. She has also written heritage stories for Sentosa, Singapore, Mount Faber and Singapore Tourism Board. Anupa holds a post graduate degree in English Literature and language with specialisation in ESL; and a degree in Library and information science and certificates in technical writing as well as children’s writing.

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