Golden Point Award 2017 Workshop Series – Malay

1. Golden Point Award 2017 Workshop Series – Malay Poetry
27 May 2017 | 10am – 1pm | Council Room | $25 | Tickets available here

Simbolisme Puisi: Falsafah atau Falsampah?

Bengkel Puisi Melayu bertajuk ‘Simbolisme Puisi: Falsafah atau Falsampah?’ akan memberi fokus pada simbolisme dalam puisi serta kaitannya dengan falsafah. Bengkel ini bukan memberi tunjuk ajar asas mencipta sajak tetapi untuk memberi pemahaman semula yang jelas tentang prinsip puisi sajak. Sajak yang baik mempunyai mesej yang jelas dan membawa bersama falsafah pemikiran. Puisi bukan hanya luahan kata penyair tetapi membawa khalayak pembaca sama-sama berfikir tentang suatu gagasan pemikiran. Keindahan puisi juga bergantung pada pemilihan kata yang tepat. Penggunaan kata-kata yang melampau dan sukar difahami hanya merosakkan keindahan puisi sajak dan menjadikan penyair itu ‘syok sendiri’.

Melalui bengkel ini, peserta akan:

1.     Memahami prinsip puisi
2.     Mengenal pasti mesej
3.     Memahami simbolisme
4.     Memahami konsep falsafah
5.     Melihat kaitan simbolisme dengan falsafah
6.     Soal-jawab.


The aim of this workshop will bring back the fundamental understanding of what a poem is all about. A good poem needs a clear message and philosophy and brings its audience to  reflect. The beauty of a poem is also seen in the discerning choice of words.

During the workshop, participants will be able to:

1.      Understand the principles of a poem
2.      Identify the message in poem
3.      Understand symbolism 
4.      Understand the concept of a philosophy
5.      See the connection between symbolism and philosophy 
6.      Questions and answers with the facilitator

 

Tentang Fasilitator

Noor Hasnah Adam mula menulis secara serius sejak tahun 1998 ketika belajar di Institut Pendidikan Perguruan NIE STP. Penulis ini memenangi banyak anugerah seperti tempat kedua cerpen Anugerah Pena Emas (2001) dan puisi Anugerah Pena Emas (2007). Beliau telah memenangi Anugerah Persuratan Hadiah Sastera (Malay Literature Prize) sebanyak tiga kali. Karya Noor Hasnah Adam merangkumi pelbagai genre seperti puisi, cerpen, esei, skrip dan dokumentari. Beliau turut dianugerahi Anugerah Belia Harapan Goh Chok Tong (Distinction) pada tahun 2008, Anugerah Penulis Harapan pada tahun 2009 dan anugerah Penulis Muda MASTERA di Jakarta pada tahun 2013. Karya-karya yang dibukukan adalah Mis3 Rasa (2008), KELARAI (2008), Mis3 Rasa Budaya(2011), Skripen Jilid 1: Hantu Nak Jadi Orang (2015) and Skripen Jilid 2: Alamak Melayu Alamak (2015). 

About the Facilitator

Noor Hasnah Adam has been writing seriously since 1998 while she was studying at the National Institute of Education. The award-winning writer has previously won 2nd prize for the Golden Point Award in Short Stories and Poetry in 2001 and 2007 respectively. She also received the Anugerah Persuratan Hadiah Sastera (Malay Literature Prize) three times. Noor Hasnah Adam writes various genre from poetry, short story, essay, script and documentary. She was honoured to receive the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award (Distinction) in 2008, Promising Malay Writer Award in 2009 and Young Writer MASTERA award in Jakarta in 2013. Her published works include Mis3 Rasa (2008), KELARAI (2008), Mis3 Rasa Budaya (2011), Skripen Jilid 1: Hantu Nak Jadi Orang (2015) and Skripen Jilid 2: Alamak Melayu Alamak (2015).

 

2. Golden Point Award 2017 Workshop Series – Malay Short Story
27 May 2017 | 2pm – 5pm | Council Room | $25 | Tickets available here

‘Tulis Saja’ Pendekatan Menghasilkan Cerpen

Sebuah cerpen bermula dengan satu ayat. Ayat ini menjadi pemangkin untuk dikembangkan menjadi sebuah cerpen yang lengkap. Penggunaan pendekatan amat berkesan. Bengkel ini memberi peluang kepada para peserta menghasilkan karya dengan bahan-bahan yang terhad. Bahan-bahan ini dapat diolah menjadi sebuah hasil karya yang berkesan dan menyentuh sanubari. Bengkel yang dianggap ringan ini akan membantu para peserta mencambahkan juga unsur “X-Factor” dalam cerpen yang bakal dihasilkan untuk sayembara Golden Point Awards 2017. 

‘Just Write’ A Malay Short Story Approach: Getting Started 

A short story begins from a one-liner. This is not a typical "how to" guide for writing a short storyThis light-hearted workshop will take participants through different stages and processes of producing drafts to the eventual work. As such, the participants will learn to develop an early draft, application of mind-mapping, the need to do research to the theory application followed by the final changes as the story evolves.

 

Tentang Fasilitator 

Yazid Hussein ialah seorang guru bahasa dan sastera Melayu di Maktab Rendah Pioneer yang aktif dalam bidang penulisan kreatif dan kritikan. Beliau merupakan pemenang hadiah utama Mencari Kristal (2016) yang dianjurkan SPH-NAC dan juga pernah dianugerahi hadiah Anugerah Persuratan MelayuMBMS (2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007), Sayembara Noktah Putih dan Sayembara Novel Temasek. Yazid dianugerahi dengan hadiah utama Singapore Literature Prize 2014 untuk Kumpulan Cerpen Armageddon dan hadiah Commendation Singapore Literature Prize 2012 untuk novel Dongeng Utopia: Kisah Cek Yah. Buku-buku terbarunya adalah Felipus Planiceps, Mencari Pengertian, Hadiah: Antologi Sajak, Anugerah: Antologi Cerpen, dan Kanvas Kehidupan: Kumpulan Sajak. Merupakan Tokoh Muda Mas (2007).

About the Facilitator

Yazid Hussein is a Malay Language and Literature teacher by profession. He is a critique and literary analyst with expertise in Malay Literature and Theory in Literature. His creative works included plays, poetry, short stories, novels and traditional Malay poems. He was the recipient of PENAMAS Young Laureate Awards for 2007. He was awarded the Singapore Literature Prize for Kumpulan Cerpen Armageddon (2014) and Commendation Award for Dongeng Utopia: Kisah Cek Yah (2012). Yazid has also received various awards from the Anugerah Persuratan Majlis Bahasa Melayu for his writing in 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009 and 2007. He also won the Mencari Kristal (2016), Noktah Putih Short Stories Writing Competition (2012, 2008) Noktah Putih Poety Writing Competition (2012), Temasek Novel Writing Competition (2010, 2007), SPH-NAC Golden Point Awards (2009), and Sayembara Fototera Poetry Category (2009).

 

About Golden Point Award

The Golden Point Award is Singapore’s premier creative writing competition for Short Story and Poetry in the nation’s four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
Submission for the competition opens from 1 May 2017 till 14 July 2017. For more details, please visit the Golden Point Award 2017 page.

Event venue: Council Room
Event price: $25 per workshop
Event start date: 2017-05-26 16:00
Event end date: 2017-05-26 16:00
Custom Event Date(s): 27 May 2017, Sat
Custom Event Time(s): 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm
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Golden Point Award 2017 Workshop Series – Chinese

1. Golden Point Award 2017 Workshop Series – Chinese Short Story 
20 May 2017 | 10am – 1pm | Play Den | $25 | Tickets available here

小说是叙述文本,从大范围来看,它叙述的是历史、国家、民族和社会所面对的种种问题;从小范围来看,它叙述的是个人的性格成长,家族、友群,与人生经历。在这个研讨会上,新加坡著名當代作家怀鹰将与听众分享写小说的技法与创新,分享如何把小说写得更具有别致的色彩,充分展现作者的才华。

Fiction is a form of narrative writing that draws inspiration from various aspects of life. On a broader level, it is able to survey and examine socio-historical elements, while on a personal level, it dissects and explores human nature, relationships and memories. Join veteran Chinese author Huai Ying (Lee Seng Chan) as he shares insights on creative ways to tackle this literary genre, as well as innovative techniques on how to craft compelling plots and characters.

 

研讨会主讲人简介

怀鹰 ,原名李承璋,福建南安人,新加坡公民。曾在新传媒服务长达14年,也曾在《联合早报》担任电子版编辑,目前为自由撰稿人,出版过25部著作,荣获国内外25项文学奖项,为多个文学奖的评审。

Speaker's bio

Huai Ying (Lee Seng Chan) has diverse writing experience; from TV scriptwriting and websites, to journalistic and copy writing. He has been a producer and senior editor of the online edition of Lianhe Zaobao, published 25 books, won 25 literary awards, and sat on the jury panel of several literary prizes. 

 

2. Golden Point Award 2017 Workshop Series– Chinese Poetry 
27 May 2017 | 10am – 1pm | Living Room | $25 | Tickets available here

好诗迷人之处于何?写组诗时,是否有一些据说可吸引比赛评审目光的必杀技?过于专注于这些功利原素是否反而使诗歌最后的成品,失去了某种文学性?

本土作坊将通过比较金笔奖历届的首奖和其他得奖诗作(中文为主),与出席者探讨不同佳构的得与失。所谓得失寸心知,讲者也将点出诗作在不同层面,所展现的创意和突破处。这些为打算参赛者,提供一些有用的思路。

What makes for a good poetry with literary worth? What constitutes the elements of sequence poems that will win the hearts and minds of an audience? Are there really certain styles that make a set of poems work and therefore "award-winning"?

Through comparing and close-reading selected works of past Golden Point Award-winning poetry entries in the Chinese category, this session attempts to discuss with the participants what works and what does not. It will also highlight how innovation in the various layers of the poems is crucial in conceptualising, rewriting and the final touch up of the entries. Lastly, the workshop aims to provide some useful inputs for participants with preliminary ideas for their poetry entries.

 

研讨会主讲人简介

周德成,新加坡人,2014年新加坡文学奖得主(诗歌)、2009年获新加坡金笔奖诗歌组冠军。现为英国剑桥大亚洲学博士在读, 兼任国大中文系讲师。曾于新加坡南洋理工大学担任特任讲师。写现代诗,也创作小说和散文。新加坡作家协会受邀理事,及书法家协会评议员。2011-5年新加坡作家节及2014伦敦图书展新加坡推荐作家。2012 年出版图文诗集《你和我的故事》,其中有诗翻译成英、法文,参加2011年巴黎诗歌节,并为欧洲艺术家编成后现代音乐和短片、改编成绘画艺术。2015年组诗《五种孤独与静默》被改编成动漫短片,在院线公映。

Speaker's bio

Singapore-born, Chow Teck Seng (周德成)aka Zhou Decheng has won awards including the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize & 1st prize (Chinese Poetry) at the 2009 Singapore Golden Point Award. Besides publishing his first poetry collection The Story of You and Me in 2012, his poems and short stories are seen in both English and Chinese anthologies, local and overseas Chinese press, and in printed and online literary journals. A featured writer in the 2015 New Delhi Book Fair, 2012, 2014-6 Singapore Writers’ Festival and 2014 London Book Fair, he is currently pursuing his PHD at the University of Cambridge (in literary criticism and comparative Sinophone literatures).

 

About Golden Point Award

The Golden Point Award is Singapore’s premier creative writing competition for Short Story and Poetry in the nation’s four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
Submission for the competition opens from 1 May 2017 till 14 July 2017. For more details, please visit the Golden Point Award 2017 page.

Event venue: Living Room, Play Den
Event price: $25 per workshop
Event start date: 2017-05-19 16:00
Event end date: 2017-05-26 16:00
Custom Event Date(s): 20 & 27 May 2017, Sat
Custom Event Time(s): 10am – 1pm
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Comics Workshop for Kids

This workshop introduces kids to basic comic creation as they learn basic concepts of comics - from simple facial expressions to understanding speech bubbles and comic panels - before having fun creating their very own comic based on a specific theme. Materials will be provided.

Recommended for kids aged 7-12.

Production: Presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Council Room
Event price: $10
Event start date: 2019-01-26 10:00
Event end date: 2019-03-09 10:00
Custom Event Date(s): 10 Mar 2019, Sun
Custom Event Time(s): 10.30am - 12pm
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Golden Point Award 2017 Workshop Series – English #2

Golden Point Award 2017 Workshop Series – English Poetry and Short Story are back by popular demand after a sold-out run on 20 May!

For participants who wish to purchase tickets via bank transfer for either workshops, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

1. Golden Point Award 2017 Workshop Series – English Short Story

24 Jun 2017 | 10am – 1pm | Living Room | $25 | Tickets available here

O Thiam Chin will give in-person training and consultation on the art and joys of writing in this workshop.

People, it’s always about the people
What is a short story? What does it do? Specifically, what does it do to you, or for you? How do you even start writing one?

The Voice in your head (or maybe it’s just your guilty conscience, or your late grandmother’s whisperings)
Wait, who’s talking? Who or what is that voice in your story? Where does it come from? Is it an ‘I’ or a ‘he’ or a ‘they’, or some Tom, Dick or Harry? Start wisely, and you may save your life later. 

Plot: Killing it or making a mess of it (or what did you have for breakfast today?)
Do you need a plot to begin? And if you hate plots, what are you to do? Use your imagination, or steal something, anything, from your own life or someone else’s? Well, do something, at least. Steal, kill, set it on fire – whatever.

The End: or the start of something wonderful (or the dream you had, of a richer, better life)
Anything that has a beginning has an end, or how else would you get on with the rest of your life. We all need/want/desire/crave a happy ending.  

Edit like hell, or at least submit to a higher power (or take a hike, smell the flowers, and fly a kite)
Your first draft will always suck, perhaps even suck big time. Then how? Kill it? Rewrite? Sell your soul (or what it’s worth) for a better story? There are always ways (and dirty little tricks) to suck a little better (or worse?) in the earlier (or 197635th) drafts of your story.

About the Facilitator

O Thiam Chin is the author of five collections of short fiction: Free-Falling Man, Never Been Better, Under The Sun, The Rest Of Your Life and Everything That Comes With It, and Love, Or Something Like Love. O was an honorary fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program in 2010, a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award in 2012, and has been shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize. He is the winner of the inaugural Epigram Books Fiction Prize for his first novel, Now That It's Over, and his secondshortlisted novel, Fox Fire Girl, was published in March 2017. Signs of Life, a new collection of strange and dark tales, is forthcoming.

 

2. Golden Point Award 2017 Workshop Series – English Poetry 

24 Jun 2017 | 2pm – 5pm | Living Room | $25 | Tickets available here

What makes for a remarkable poem; one that garners a judge’s attention in a literary competition? Is your poem new and innovative — is it bringing something exciting to the table? In this session, participants workshop their best pieces, to gain a better understanding of their own writing voice and process. Elements of poetic craft will be explored, including imagery, metaphor, sentiment, euphony, syntax, lineation, theme and tone, among others. Each participant will receive a set of published poems by award-winning authors to get an immediate sense of current trends within contemporary poetics. The workshop welcomes writers to immerse themselves in this open and creative space, one that embraces a diverse range of aesthetic sensibilities. 

About the Facilitator

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, two hybrid works, and eight poetry collections. The former journalist has edited more than 15 books and co-produced three audio books. Before receiving his training in publishing at Stanford University, Zhicheng-Mingdé studied Sociology and Mass Communication at the National University of Singapore, and later received his Theology Masters (world religions) from Harvard University and Fine Arts Masters (creative writing) from the University of Notre Dame. Among other accolades, Zhicheng-Mingdé is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, three Living Now Book Awards, and seven USA Regional Excellence Book Awards. He helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor. 

 

About Golden Point Award

The Golden Point Award is Singapore’s premier creative writing competition for Short Story and Poetry in the nation’s four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
Submission for the competition opens from 1 May 2017 till 14 July 2017. For more details, please visit the Golden Point Award 2017 page.

Event venue: Living Room
Event price: $25 per workshop
Event start date: 2017-06-23 16:00
Event end date: 2017-06-23 16:00
Custom Event Date(s): 24 Jun 2017, Sat
Custom Event Time(s): 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm
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伴随绘本: 进入孩子们多彩的内心世界 The Colourful World of Children Picture Books

本地绘本作家小邝老师将会为孩子们导读他最新创作的儿童绘本系列;这套儿童绘本是以孩子们的视角和观感创作的,小邝老师在分享绘本的过程中,将会和孩子们一起探讨和交流; 包括如何正面应对他们的生活与学习中,可能会遇到的一些烦恼和问题。同时,也将引领着大家一起进入充满想象力且多彩有趣的绘本世界里。通过这次活动, 孩子们将会了解更多关于绘本创作的知识和窍门。

In this storytelling session for children, local author and illustrator Ace Khong will take kids on a journey through his latest series of illustrated books which explores daily life and school experiences that they can relate to. This fun-filled and imaginative session will include interactive activities and games that promise to delight the little ones.

This programme is performed in Mandarin. 

Production: Presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Screening Room
Event price: Free With Registration
Event start date: 2019-01-26 10:00
Event end date: 2019-03-09 10:00
Custom Event Date(s): 10 MAR 2019, SUN
Custom Event Time(s): 11AM - 12PM
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主持人生平
1973 年出生于新加坡,小邝是一名绘本作家。他毕业于 LaSalle 艺术学院视觉艺术系,1998年开始从事平面。除了广告设计,小邝曾参与很多本地儿童教育读本的绘图与故事创作和报刊杂志的平面广告设计。他也曾在中国任职设计部总监。小邝现为多媒体工程师和新加坡南洋理工大学半年刊文学杂志《不为什么》的专栏作家。他的个人网站是http://acekhong.wordpress.com。


ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Born in Singapore in 1973, Ace Khong is an author and illustrator of Chinese picture books. He graduated from the Department of Visual Arts at the LASALLE School of Art and began working on graphic and advertising design since 1998. Ace has participated in the drawing and creation of stories for many local childrne’s educaitonal books, as well as print advertising design for newspapers and magazines. In 2002, he served as the head of the Design Department of a Singapore Photo Album production company in Chaozhou, China. Ace currently works as a multimedia engineer in A*STAR. He is also the columnist of Nanyang Technological University’s literary Chinese Magazine Why Not? More information about Ace and his works can be found on http://acekhong.wordpress.com.

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