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 in a full-day 6.5-hour workshop. The editing process, an invaluable skill often overlooked by new writers, will also be explored in this workshop, along with an brief explanation and Q&A session about the submission process in the agent/publisher system.
- Reduce participants’ anxiety about writing and build their confidence, using elements from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
- Build on the skills needed to write fiction, including plot, character, setting, voice, perspective and dialogue
- Outline essential information of the agent/ publisher submission process and writers’ other options in the rapidly changing international publishing scene
- Discuss and explore concepts such as allegory, semiotics and symbolism and how they can be used
- Use collaborative learning and microfiction exercises to improve the participants’ skills and understanding of the various aspects of writings
- Building confidence: Silencing the inner critic
- Dialogue – what works and what doesn’t
- Plot – methods, aims and different working styles
- Pace and Suspense – keep your reader wanting more
- Characters – how to make them real
- Voice and perspective – what is it and how do you develop it?
- Setting– world-building and more
- Taking it to the next level – allegory, semiotics and symbolism
- After writing – the editing process
- After writing –submissions in the agent/ publisher system works (and other options)
- Q&A on the agent/publisher system
About the trainer: Samantha De Silva
Samantha De Silva’s first novel, vampire thriller Blood on the Moon was published in 2010. She was part of the writing team for the Speak Good English Movement campaign in 2009, and was a guest speaker at the All In! Young Writer’s Seminar 2011. Samantha believes that personal effectiveness and creativity go hand in hand. As a trainer, she draws on the unique perspective and experience of a writer who has learned to unlock and apply creativity in an environment where creativity is essential to success but sometimes overlooked: the corporate workplace.
Samantha is adept at conceptualising and delivering communication skills courses with creative solutions and learning strategies. She also writes academic guides and conducts fiction workshops for adults and young learners. In addition, she provides writing and story analysis for game, film and fiction projects. Samantha possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Nanyang Technological University.
Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 15 – 25 pax
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.