22rd & 23th February 2014
The Arts House
Chamber & Blue Room (Level 2)
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429

Saturday, 22 February 2014 — Seminar
⬇ Chamber
10.00 – 10.30am Registration
10.30 – 11.15am


by Gwee Li Sui
Moderator: Laremy Lee
11.15  – 12.15pm

Publishers Speak

by Tan Dan Feng, Phil Tatham, Eliza Teoh
Moderator: Amanda Lee Koe
ALL-WRITE! You’ve poured your blood and tears into your writing and now it’s time to submit your works for publication. Get to know the inside story, which publisher is right for you, and what you can expect before, during and after the publication of your book in this panel discussion.
12.15 – 1.15pm Lunch
⬇ Chamber ⬇ Blue Room
1.15 – 2.00pm

Shifting Genres: From Plays, Poetry to Prose

by Ovidia Yu, Felix Cheong, Joshua Ip
Moderator: Vivienne Yeo

While some writers may stay true to their first literary loves, others experiment with prose to poetry to plays and back again. Why might a writer work with different literary forms and what should you be doing if you want to branch out? Find out in this panel.

Hooked In: Journalists Retain Returning Readers

by Linda Collins, Adele Chan
Moderator: Eliza Teoh

Hard news isn’t the only news that sells! Whether you’re trying to shift copies or accrue pageviews, find out how to find the hook in lifestyle and entertainment writing, and learn why community is important in journalism today.

2.00 – 2.45pm

Writers vs. Editors

by Colin Cheong, Adeline Foo, Joyce Sim, Jocelyn Lau
Moderator: Linn Shekinah

Congratulations, you’ve avoided the slushpile. Now all you have to face is your editor… In this session, find out more about the relationship between writers and editors. What do editors look for in a manuscript and how do you manage your relationship with your writers?

Writing and Developing a Documentary

by Marc Checkley
Moderator: Craig McTurk

From conceptualisation to research and principal production, hear from the industry veterans about their experiences in developing and writing documentaries. Marc Checkley will talk about the shift in the documentary scene and how local industry players have adjusted their storytelling style to suit viewers these days. Using the case study of Food Detective, Marc will expound on the research process of producing a documentary.

2.45 – 2.50pm Break
⬇ Chamber
2.50 – 3.15pm


by Ho Jia Jian

Viddsee is an online video platform for filmmakers and audience of Asian short films. Enabling users to easily discover, watch and share stories from Asia on their desktop and mobile devices, Viddsee’s vision is to continually grow the community of short film audiences to enable a wide and accessible market reach for short films and become the leading micro-cinema platform for Asia.

3.15  – 3.45pm

Young & Published

by Gabby Tye, Lesley-Anne, Munirah Jaafar
Moderator: Jamie Nonis

It’s every writer’s dream to live fast and publish young! Teenage writers Gabby Tye, Munirah Jaafar, and Lesley-Anne, writers of Run, Danger Dan, and Nah, untuk awak! between them, describe their writing journey — the joys of getting published, the challenges they’ve faced as young writers, and how they balance all that with being Singaporean teenagers.

3.45 – 4.30pm

The Playwright’s Journey

by Haresh Sharma
Moderator: Peter Sau
Saturday, 22 February 2014 — Free Event
⬇ Blue Room
5.00 – 8.00pm

Bringing Books to Life! 

by For the Love of Books

Organised by four undergraduate students from Nanyang Technological University, Bringing Books to Life! is the first interactive book exhibition in Singapore that will display books across a range of genres to broaden the scope of reading for young adults. The event aims to be a unique theatrical experience for visitors.

Admission is Free for this exhibition.

Sunday, 23 February 2014 — Workshops
⬇ Council Room ⬇ Living Room
10am – 1pm

Crafting Characters

by Samantha de Silva

The Crafting Characters workshop is an intensive, hands-on workshop that aims to provide young and first-time fiction writers with the knowledge and skills to create complex, realistic and engaging characters in their fiction.

Related skills such as dialogue and plot will also be briefly explored in this workshop in the context of character crafting, and participants will be learning largely through collaborative and individual exercises as well as post-workshop feedback. Materials provided include workshop handouts.

Workshop Outline:

  • What makes a great character?
  • The building blocks of a character
  • Getting to know your character
  • Character interactions: dialogue and genre
  • Avoiding tropes and cardboard characters
  • Character motivation and plot
  • Applying acting principles to character creation
  • Individual exercises
  • Collaborative exercises
  • Q & A session

Theatre: Adapting Story to Stage

by Peter Sau

In Adapting Story to Stage, aspiring playwrights will learn to adapt existing stories for plays. Peter Sau, writer of A Madwoman’s Diary, Tell Me When To Laugh And When To Cry as well as director and script adaptor of Square Moon, will guide workshop participants through scene-building basics, how to adapt stories for dramatic impact, and a group critique session where Peter will critique adaptations from an actor’s and director’s perspective.

Workshop Outline:

  • What makes a good adaptation?
  • How to build a scene
  • Group exercises in adapting stories
  • Group critique
  • Q & A session

All participants should bring in a news article which they will turn into a story.

1 – 2pm Lunch
⬇ Council Room ⬇ Living Room
2 – 5pm

Editing Skills

by Samantha de Silva

The Editing Skills workshop aims to provide young and first-time fiction writers with the editing skills necessary to give their manuscript more polish and sophistication in a saturated publishing market. The basics of editing manuscripts and publisher/agent collaterals will be explored in this workshop, and participants will also have a chance to practice their editing skills in collaborative and individual exercises.

The editing process, an invaluable skill often overlooked by new writers, will also be explored in this workshop, along with an explanation of how the submission process works in the agent/publisher system. Materials provided include sample manuscript submission collaterals.

Workshop Outline:

  • Introduction to manuscript editing
  • Why edit
  • What to edit
  • When to refrain from editing your manuscript
  • A word about first drafts and subjectivity
  • Should you hire a professional editor and/or proofreader?
  • Collaborative exercises
  • Editing for:
    • Pace
    • Style
    • Dialogue
    • Genre
  • Samples: synopsis, tagline, query letter
  • Editing agent and publisher collaterals
  • Live editing by workshop leader
  • Q & A session

Embarking on Your First Draft

by Leslie Tan

A screenplay differs greatly from a manuscript in terms of format and writing style. This workshop is tailored for young writers who are interested in developing their ideas in the format of a film or television script. The workshop will cover the basics and terminologies of a screenplay, and participants will have the chance to start on their first screenplay draft.

Workshop Outline:

  • Screenplay Terminologies
  • Screenplay Format
  • Individual exercise
  • Q & A session