Course: Freelancing as a Writer & Features Writing

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 correspondent with business weekly The Edge Singapore, 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. At the end of the course, you’d have learned 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.

Course Outline:
· Different kinds of features writing
· Whatmakes for good writing
· Style and target audience
· Research skills
· Eye for telling details
· Plagiarism
· Peg and hook
· Three-act structure of stories
· Writing personality profiles
· Drafting interview questions
· Interview skills
· How not to quote people out of context
· Writing trend and commentary
· Writing reviews
· Professional conduct and etiquette
· Pitching story ideas
· Becoming a freelance writer

Who is this for?
For anyone interested in freelancing and writing features articles for magazines, journals and newspapers. This workshop assumes you have NO prior experience in article writing.

Workshop Leader:
Felix Cheong was the recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist of the Year for Literature Award in 2000. He has published a few books of poetry, of which his third, Broken by the Rain (2003) was shortlisted for the 2004 Sngapore Literature Prize. He has also published a non-fiction book commissioned by the National Youth Council, Different (2005), which includes interviews with more than 50 successful Singaporeans like pop singer Kit Chan and entrepreneur Charles Wong. In 2006, he published his first work of teen fiction, The Call from Crying House, which is now being used as an English Literature text in secondary schools. The sequel, Woman in the Last Carriage, was published in 2007.
Felix’s creative work has been published extensively in newspapers like The Straits Times, poetry journals like Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore, foreign journals like Papertiger and Stylus Poetry Journal. As a literary activist, he has been involved in promoting Singaporean literature abroad. He was instrumental in organising and leading a Singapore contingent on 4 successful reading tours – The Philippines (2001), Australia (2001), the US (2002) and UK (2003). He is currently a regular columnist for The Edge Singapore and Today newspapers.

Date: 18 February 2011, Friday
Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Venue: Imagination Room, Level 5, National Library

For more information or to register, visit us at www.bookcouncil.sg. Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before registering.

Enquiries
Tel: (65) 6848 8290

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