Past Writing Courses

May ’12

Empower Your Story (in Malay)

Writers should think of how their stories can enhance the audience’s creativity and be converted into new media and other platforms such as performances, animations, dramatisations, films, puppetry, etc. Details
May ’12

Writing for Children (in Tamil)

This workshop is for beginners who wish to write for children. It will focus on how to develop writing skills. It will also highlight the art of creating stories and show how general information books and books on Science and History can be developed into adventure stories that children love to read. Details
Feb ’12

Strategies for Teaching Narrative Writing

This workshop is specifically designed for teachers who have not attended our other writing workshops - Writing 101: Writing a Good Composition and Writing 102: Building Better Plots - and want a crash course on strategies to teach narrative writing. Details
Oct 31 – Nov 1

Short Story Writing Workshop (in Tamil)

The National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS), with the support of National Arts Council (NAC), Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA), Singapore Tamil Teachers’ Union (STTU) and Association of Singapore Tamil Writers (ASTW), is pleased to invite you to the Short Story Writing Workshop (in Tamil) to be held on 31 October & 1 November 2011. Details
May ’11

Masterclass on Picture Books

Join the AFCC 2011's Masterclass on Picture Books and get this fantastic opportunity to peek into the wit, wonder and wisdom of some of the most celebrated experts in children's literature today. Details
May ’11

Picture Book Production (in Malay) Bengkel Menghasilkan Buku Bergambar

In this workshop, you will learn the process of making a picture book and will be guided to produce a simple picture book. The trainers will then comment and provide feedback on each picture book. It is hoped that you will have a better idea on producing picture books after the workshop and to expand on you initial efforts into a publishable picture book. You are requested to bring a short story about 700 words for the workshop. This workshop is conducted in Malay/Indonesian language. Details
Feb ’11

Freelancing As A Writer & Features Writing

Learn how to write three kinds of features articles: Personality profile, trend and commentary and review. You’d also learn how to pitch your story ideas to magazines and how to get them published. Details
Jan ’11


This workshop aims to broaden the participants’ powers of observation, imagination, and language skills. The main focus
will be on developing skills through theme based activities which will help to boost the writer’s confidence and their ability
to write and express themselves clearly and creatively. Details
May ’10

Tamil Editing Workshop (In English)

Editing of Tamil texts, be they short stories, novels or poems, is a rare phenomenon in the Tamil publishing world. When we look at the publishing standards in other languages, especially in English, we can see how much Tamil publishing needs to catch up. Even Nobel Prize winning authors in English need and have editors to fine-tune their books before they are published. Details
Nov ’09

The Art of Story

Throughout the course we will cover writer's motives for telling great stories, plus other more practical issues like how to achieve the writer's mindset, and the use of templates for the effective planning and execution of your stories. Details
Jun ’09

Writing, Publishing & Promoting Your Book

To be an author, you naturally have got to write a book. Yet writing a book is often the most daunting stage. At this session, you’ll learn a step-by-step organisation plan for nonfiction book writing. Details
Jun ’09

How to Freelance & Article Writing

Learn effective methods for selling magazine and newspaper articles, and how to craft compelling feature articles from a professional freelancer and writer. Details
May ’09

The Business of Publishing for Editors

This two-day workshop is primarily for experienced editors looking to develop their skills for managerial roles in the publishing industry. The objective is advancement from the process of publishing to the business of publishing and coverage includes roles in publishing services management; acquisitions and list management; publishing programme development; and, general management. Details