Literary Arts, Talk/Workshop

Polish: The Art of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Organised by: Singapore Book Council
  • Date:
    23 - 30 Mar 2024, Saturdays
  • Time:
    23 Mar, Sat: 10:00am - 1:00pm
    30 Mar, Sat: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Venue:
    Singapore Book Council Training Room 90 Goodman Road Block E, #03-32, Goodman Arts Centre *Please note that there is no lift access to the Training Room, 439053
    Singapore Book Council Training Room 90 Goodman Road Block E, #03-32, Goodman Arts Centre *Please note that there is no lift access to the Training Room, 439053Singapore Book Council Training Room 90 Goodman Road Block E, #03-32, Goodman Arts Centre *Please note that there is no lift access to the Training Room, 439053
  • Admission:
    Standard Ticket: $180 + $5.93 Fee
    Buddy Tickets: $144 + $4.96 Fee
    Senior Citizen Tickets: $108 + $3.99 Fee
    Student Tickets: $108 + $3.99 Fee


Synopsis:

Once you have completed a story, you must relook your fiction with a keen editor's eye if you are to identify aspects to rework and improve on. If you are unsure on how to troubleshoot and polish your work before you market it, this is the workshop for you.

First session (3-hours) 23 March 2023

How to be dispassionate when assessing and revising one's own work

The different types/stages of editing: structural editing, copy/line editing, proofreading

How to identify and solve macro/structural problems (e.g. issues of concept, plot, character development, pacing, setting, themes, writing style)

How to identify copy/line issues (e.g. minor factual errors, consistency, grammar, spelling, punctuation, clarity, expression, formatting)

How to give constructive and supportive feedback to other writers

At the end of this session, all participants will be broken up into small groups. Each group member will be given hard copies of the group's sample texts to edit as homework.

Second session (4-hours) 30 March 2023

During this session, participants will gather in their allocated small groups to give mutual feedback on the texts they have edited.

While this small group critique process goes on, the facilitator will talk with individuals one at a time to give her feedback on their texts.

The session will end with a review of what participants have applied and gained through the entire workshop process.

Learning Outcomes:
-Understand the process of editing fiction
-Apply an editing mindset, when necessary, --to your personal writing
-Enhance how you give feedback to others -about their writing

Requirements:
In order to participate in this workshop, you will first need to submit a max-2000-word sample of your writing upon registration. (Each piece will undergo a review process by the facilitator and other participants such that you will learn how to critique text from an editor's perspective and you will also receive comprehensive feedback on your own work.) SBC will get in touch upon full payment of the course to get your sample, latest a week before the workshop. Please contact programmes@bookcouncil.sg for any questions.
First Session:
Date: 23 March 2023, Saturday
Time: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
Venue: SBC Training Room, Goodman Arts Centre,
Blk E, #03-32 (Directions below at FAQ section)
Second Session:
Date: 30 March 2023, Saturday
Time: 10.00 am - 2.00 pm
Venue: SBC Training Room, Goodman Arts Centre,
Blk E, #03-32 (Directions below at FAQ section)

About trainer:
Verena Tay (www.verenatay.com) is a Singapore-based writer, editor, storyteller, theatre practitioner and arts educator. She has published two collections of short stories and four volumes of plays, as well as edited twelve story anthologies (including the bestselling BALIK KAMPUNG series published by Math Paper Press). An Honorary Fellow at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (Aug–Nov 2007), she was a Writer-in-Residence at Nanyang Technological University (Aug–Nov 2018). She has just completed a PhD in Creative Writing with Swansea University through which she wrote her first novel about three generations of Singaporean Chinese women with a mythological intervention.

Promotions
-40% concession* rates for students and seniors
-20% off past participants of SBC Academy**
-20% off buddy tickets*
-10% off for Kinokuniya Privilege Card members**
* Discount is automatic (for concession, participants will have to present their student pass or senior citizen card on day of talk for verification purposes).
** Request promo code via email to programmes@bookcouncil.sg

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Polish: The Art of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers


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