Past Writing Courses

Mar ’13

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
Feb ’13

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
Dec ’12

Writing Workshop Catalyst: Releasing New Writing

Relax! Catalyst is here to inspire you! Established local theatre actor, director 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. Whether you are a new or seasoned writer, Catalyst will stimulate your senses and spur you to write text infused with unexpected textures to grab the imagination of your readers. Details
Nov ’12

Developing Bilingual Picture Books

This workshop is ideal for writers who want to understand how to develop plot and language to create an unforgettable story for young readers aged 0 to 6. Both Bilingual and monolingual writers will benefit from all aspects of the workshop. Participants need not have a background in illustration. Details
Oct ’12


This workshop conducted by Professor Shirley Geok-lin Lim will focus on Singapore English-language literature in historical and sociological contexts, with a concentration on contemporary writing; and including strategies for teaching expressive writing, academic writing and critical thinking skills alongside texts. Details
Oct ’12


If you want to write a memorable and moving story about a special person in your life, this workshop is for you! Local writer Katherine Seow, author of ‘Seven generations and counting’ will teach you how to make this special person come alive in your very own words. This workshop will focus on honing your skills in seeing, listening, writing and sharing what you’re written to become a better memoir writer! Details
Aug ’12

Structural Editing of Non-Fiction

The editor–author relationship is always advanced and enhanced when we, as professional, skilled editors, practice our skills and learn new ones. Whether you’re working on paper or on screen, this training will give you the skills to work effectively with your authors, to analyse a piece of text, find the most effective shape for it (structure and flow) and then, finesse each sentence so the whole piece shines. Details
Jun ’12

Writing Your Memoir

Whether you want to record your memoir for your grandchildren or the public, this workshop will show you how to write it in a readable and an entertaining way so that others will find it interesting too. Details
May ’12

Illustrating Picture Books (in Malay)

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the process of making a children’s picture book. Participants will be guided to produce a simple picture book from storyboard to dummy. The trainer will then comments and provide feedback on each picture book dummy. Details
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