Catalyst: Releasing New Writing

Wanting to write, but not sure how to start? Stuck in a rut where your writing is concerned? In short, wondering where your creativity has disappeared to or whether you had any creativity in the first place? 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.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
•Learn the process of drawing inspiration from the environment and objects found around oneself to write creatively
•Write creatively based on your inspirations
•Receive feedback on how you can further develop what you have written during the workshop

 

About the Workshop Leader

A Singaporean theatre actor, director and writer for over 25 years, Verena Tay has published three collections of plays: In the Company of Women (SNP Editions, 2004), In the Company of Heroes and Victimology (both by Math Paper Press, 2011). An Honorary Fellow at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (Aug–Nov 2007), she now focuses on writing fiction and is studying part-time for an MFA in Creative Writing (City University of Hong Kong, 2012–14). Spectre: Stories from Dark to Light (Math Paper Press, 2012) is her first collection of short stories. She has also edited two anthologies of short stories: Balik Kampung (Math Paper Press, 2012) and A Monsoon Feast (DFP Productions/Monsoon Books, 2012). For more information, please visit http://www.verenatay.com.

 

Date: 8 December 2012 (Saturday)

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: ChartNexus , International Plaza

Course Fees: *$75 (early bird registration up till 21 Nov 2012) | *$90 (normal rate)

 

Click here to register.

Download brochure.

 

Contact:

prema@bookcouncil.sg /  mra@bookcouncil.sg

Tel: 6848 8297/ 6848 8293

Writing & Editing Pictorial Storytelling

Jerome Hinds is conducting a series of three workshops!

Attend the workshops, either at individual rates or bundle rates, and perfect your skills in writing for graphic novels, manga and comics.  A Certificate of Attendance or  Certificate of Completion endorsed by the Academy of Literary Arts and Publishing (ALAP) and the Association of Comic Artists Singapore (ACAS) will be awarded to all participants.

Register now!

About Jerome Hinds

Jerome Hinds, President of the Association of Comic Artists Singapore (ACAS) has spent over 25 years in the design, marketing and advertising industry, working as a Creative Director, Art Director and Chief Copywriter. He has written, directed and designed an award winning 3D animation, and worked with ex-Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief, Tom DeFalco (Marvel’s longest running Spider-Man writer) on a short story of his own Singapore born super heroin creation, Singapore Sling. Jerome is the creator and editor of Singapore’s first all-colour USA format comicbook, Get Carter!, and continues to edit and publish much of the Association members’ content.

Workshop 1:Writing Graphic Novels, Manga & Comic with Jerome Hinds*

*Register for this workshop and receive a free goody bag of ACAS newsletter, comics, toy figurine and calendar

Date: 27 November 2012

Time: 10am – 5pm

Venue: Imagination Room, National Library Board

Individual Workshop Rate: S$180

Course Outline

Tools you will learn: Mechanics unique to sequential art storytelling

* Introduction to comic writing disciplines

* Creating a concept

* Deriving stories from a concept

* The principles of compressed and decompressed storytelling

* Understanding elements of layout, lettering, balloon placement and word count

* Building characterisations

* Dialogue construction and evaluation

* Basic character/cast design tips (no drawing experience required)

* Script formatting

* Short script assignment for later submission and potential publication
Ideal for 

* Writers who like graphic novels, manga, comics and fantasy

* Writers who would like to try out writing for comics

* Artists who are interested in working within the sequential imaging industry

* Language educators

* Art educators

* Literary agents and representatives

What you will receive:
* Certificate of Attendance (from ALAP and ACAS) will be awarded

* Free Goody Bag (includes ACAS newsletter, comics, toy figurine, calendar)

* Workshop handouts


Refreshments:

Two tea breaks will be provided

Workshop 2: Editing Comics, Graphic Novels and Manga with Jerome Hinds

Date: 29 January 2013

Time: 10am – 5pm

Venue: ChartNexus Learning Centre

Individual Workshop Rate: S$220

Course Outline

Tools you will learn: Mechanics unique to sequential art storytelling

* Introduction to comic writing and editorial disciplines

* Primary objectives of a comic, manga and graphic novel editor

* Target market awareness and common adherences

* Identifying a sequentially good or bad concept

* Evaluating story content

* Evaluating page content

* The principles of compressed and decompressed storytelling

* Understanding elements of layout, lettering, balloon placement and word count

* Matching talent

* Workflow management and milestones

* Masthead design disciplines

* Print vs online specifics

* Production essentials

* Markets overview

Ideal for

* Editors who would like to expand their skillset

* Writers who are interested in working within the sequential imaging industry

* Artists who are interested in working within the sequential imaging industry

* Language educators

* Art educators

* Literary agents and representatives

What you will receive

* Certificate of Attendance (from ALAP and ACAS) will be awarded

* Workshop handouts
Refreshments

* Two tea breaks will be provided.

Workshop 3: Transform a Book Manuscript into a Comic Script with Jerome Hinds

Date: 26 February 2013

Time: 10am – 5pm

Venue: ChartNexus Learning Centre

Individual Registration Fee: S$250

Course Outline

Tools you will learn: Mechanics unique to sequential art storytelling

* Introduction to comics and the art of sequential storytelling

* Primary objectives of a comic, manga and graphic novel

* Establishing storytelling methodologies

* Achieving end product requirements

* Pacing and charting

* Chapterising

* Pagenating

* Panel disciplines

* Narrative and dialogue evaluation

Ideal for

* Book publishers who would like to explore sequential storytelling

* Writers who are interested in working within the sequential imaging industry

* Artists who are interested in working within the sequential imaging industry

* Language educators

* Art educators

* Literary agents and representatives

What you will receive

* Certificate of Attendance (from ALAP and ACAS) will be awarded

* Workshop handouts

Refreshments

* Two tea breaks will be provided

Bundle Deals

Workshop 1 + 2 + 3: S$590 (Savings of S$60)

Workshop 1 + 2: S$360 (Savings of S$40)

Workshop 1 + 3: S$390 (Savings of S$40)

Workshop 2 + 3: S$430  (Savings of S$40)

Register now!

Enquires

Email: prema@bookcouncil.sg or mra@bookcouncil.sg

Call: (65) 6848 8297 or 6848 8293

For more information, please download this brochure. 

Editors Boot Camp

Editors Boot Camp for Fiction and Children’s Literature Editors

Date: 5-7 November 2012

Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Venue: Living room, The Arts House

Price per pax: $200 (lunch and tea breaks provided daily)

Registration: www.bookcouncil.sg/_courses/register.php

Enquiries: Ms Premadevi, prema@bookcouncil.sg, Tel: 6848 8297

 

A three-day master class for editors of fiction and children’s literature offering in-depth training and exposure to the entire value chain. Learn about acquisitions, writing incisive editorial letters, developing a critical eye, contracts, marketing and distribution. Through hands-on activities in joint sessions and break-out sessions, the camp will hone your skills in developmental editing, proof-reading and crafting eye-catching blurbs. Singaporean participants in the camp will also have an opportunity to be selected to continue on a year-long virtual mentorship with an international editor or an overseas attachment in an international publishing house.

About the Trainers

Children’s Literature Editor

Cheryl Klein is the Executive Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic. She received her B.A. in English from Carleton College in Minnesota in 2000. Books she has edited include Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco X. Stork, winner of the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Medal; A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, winner of the ALA’s inaugural William C. Morris Award for a Young Adult Debut novel; Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy, winner of the Christopher Award, and an Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids selection on “The Today Show”; and The Snow Day by Komako Sakai, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Cheryl published a collection of her speeches on writing, Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, in March 2011.  She also served as the continuity editor on the last two Harry Potter books. Please visit her editorial website at cherylklein.com.

Fiction Editor

Francesca Main graduated from the University of Warwick in 2002 and began her publishing career with an internship at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency before joining Penguin Books UK.  There, she worked in the editorial department at the Hamish Hamilton imprint, which publishes such writers as Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Safran Foer, Alain de Botton and Paul Theroux.  She became a Commissioning Editor for Simon & Schuster UK in 2007, where she acquired, edited and published literary and commercial fiction, including novels by Monique Roffey, Edward Hogan, Mark Watson, Neil Cross and Penny Hancock.

Francesca joined Picador as Editorial Director in 2011, on the eve of the imprint’s 40th anniversary.  She publishes literary fiction with a broad appeal, and is particularly focused on acquiring new writers for the list.  As a result, she is working with a number of debut novelists whose first books will hit the shelves in 2013.

In February 2011, Francesca was selected by the British Council to participate in a UK editors’ tour of China, meeting writers, publishers and translators in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai.  She has also been guest editor for the Geneva Writers’ Group, and a guest speaker for the Arvon Foundation, Faber Academy and a number of British universities including UEA, Warwick and Oxford.

Copyright & Clearances in Publishing

What do you know about copyright, rights of monopoly, subsidiary/ancillary rights and electronic rights in Publishing? As an author, editor or anyone who has a foot in the publishing industry, it is important to understand the publishing laws.

We are organising a workshop on Copyright and Clearances in Publishing this coming September. Samuel Seow, Managing Director of Samuel Seow Law Corporation, will be speaking to the class on the following:

  • Introduction to Copyright
  • Different categories of work
  • Rights of monopoly
  • Grant of Rights in the Publishing Industry
  • Subsidiary/Ancillary Rights in the Publishing Industry
  • Sample clauses in publishing contracts
  • Dealing with electronic rights
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Copyright Clearances
  • Defences
Ideal for editors, publishers, writers who draft and negotiate publishing contracts & anyone who deals with copyrights and clearances.

About Samuel Seow:

Samuel Seow. Described as a “mover and shaker” in Singapore’s legal industry by Asian Legal Business, Samuel Seow is the Managing Director of Samuel Seow Law Corporation, and his expertise lies in the field of intellectual property law, with a special focus on the application of these laws to the entertainment, arts and media industries. The Law Corporation has also been ranked annually in the prestigious “AsiaPacific Legal 500”in the field of media laws and intellectual property. Samuel is also a member of several international entertainment and trade mark associations. Samuel regularly speaks at seminars and courses on the subjects of Intellectual Property as well as Entertainment, Arts and Media laws.

 

 

Date: 26 September 2012, Wednesday

Time: 10.30am – 5.30pm

Venue: Agatha Room, Toa Payoh Library

 

To register, click here.

Download the brochure.

 

Enquiries:

alap@bookcouncil.sg

+65 6848 8290

Structural Editing of Non-Fiction

The editor–author relationship is always advanced and enhanced when we, as professional, skilled editors, practise 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.

Who needs this course:

Editors and any individual who would like to improve their editing skills for non-fiction.

Course Outline:

  •  Big Picture” editing: Assessing the whole piece for flow, comprehensiveness and logic
  •  Audience and purpose: Aligning text to particular markets
  •  “Ideal” shapes for various genre: Relationship between good writing and clear thinking
  • Identifying optimal beginnings, endings and transitions
  • Identifying challenges and finding solutions: checklists and exercises
  • Knowing how to ensure balance and elegance of language, ideas and form
  •  Making academic text engaging and effective (architecture, signposting)
  • Contemporary trade non-fiction: Blurred boundaries and new techniques
  • Exercising judgment: When to change and when to hold back.
  • Question and Answer session

 

Date: 17 August 2012

Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Venue: Level-5, Imagination Room National Library Board, 100 Victoria Street

Workshop Leader: Shelly Kenigsberg

Fees: S$250 per person (early bird registration before 17July 2012

S$280 per person (normal rate)

S$450 per person (for Advanced Copyediting and Proofreading/15 Aug 2012 + Structural Editing of Non-Fiction/17 Aug 2012)

 

To register, please click here.

Download the brochure

Enquiries:

clap@bookcouncil.sg

(65) 6848 8290

 

Advanced Copyediting and Proofreading

As editors, we subscribe to the sentiment expressed by esteemed author (and editor) Arthur Plotnik, who wrote: “You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” This workshop will sharpen your eye for detail; ensure you are able to work with the production team (designers and typesetters, etc.) to produce as close to perfect a piece as possible.

Who needs this course

Editors, proofreaders, communication students or anyone who wants to polish their copyediting and proofreading skills.

Course Outline:

  • Analysing and identifying challenges in texts: Checklists and exercises
  • Audience and purpose: Aligning text to particular markets
  • Macro and micro editing: Balance and coverage
  • The editor’s role and responsibilities beyond ‘pure’ editing
  • Proofreading techniques: Checklists and exercises
  • Keeping track: The editor’s bag of tools for ensuring clarity, consistency and concision
  • Balancing the elements: Being advocate for the public, the publisher and the author
  • Communicating well: Becoming a diplomat and a choreographer!
  • Question and Answer Session

The Workshop Leader:

Shelley Kenigsberg is a prominent freelance editor, writer and trainer, and proprietor of S K Publishing, which she established in 1998. She is currently involved in training editors, mentoring writers, and editing and writing for trade, corporate, academic and educational, government and private clients.

Shelley is Head of the Macleay Diploma in Book Editing and Publishing and has delivered the course for the past 21 years. She has developed and presented courses for writers centres (Northern Rivers WC, Northern Territory WC, NSW WC, Tasmanian WC, Qld WC); AsiaPacific Writing Partnership; Societies of Editors, Style Council, Institute of Professional Editors conferences, Distance Education for the Open Learning Conference in Australia; writers festivals in Indonesia (Ubud Writers Festival 2004–11) and language and corporate institutes overseas (Indonesia, Japan and South Africa).

Shelley is a founding member of Professional Editors Association (NSW), was President of the NSW Society of Editors from 2001–03, Vice-President in 2004, Chair of the Accreditation Board and active in other national initiatives through the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd). Shelley is a member of the editorial board of the ezine The Fine Print. She was a contributing author to Historica, Global Press, 2007.

 

Date: 15 August 2012

Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Venue: National Library Board, Imagination Room, Level 5

 

To register, please click here.

Download the brochure

Enquiries:

clap@bookcouncil.sg

(65) 6848 8290