Monday, April 28, 2008

Writing Workshop - Telling Our Stories

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This is quoted from NST


EVERYBODY has a story to tell. It is not just the rich and famous who ought to be able to tell their stories.

Everybody should be able to do it.

Salt Shakers Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Salt Media Sdn Bhd, is organising a biography writing workshop to teach you how.

"Anyone can tell a story - we're just here to show you how to do it in the most effective, interesting and marketable way," says course coordinator Sharon Nelson.

The three-day course, aimed at non-writers, will look at the biography as a literary form and the elements that make up a good book.

Participants will also learn the art of unlocking memories and the practicalities of publishing a biography in Malaysia.

"This course will go over the writing process - how to organise content, issues that writers may encounter, how to prepare a proper manuscript and a little on how to self-publish," adds Nelson.

Additionally, Salt Shaker will help participants who want to print just a few copies of their work to give to family and friends.

"I think Malaysians are reticent about telling their stories," says Nelson, giving the example of the Second World War.

While America and the United Kingdom's experiences of the war are well documented in poetry and novels, Malaysians do not even talk about it.

The Writing Memoirs and Biographies course will be held from May 22-24 from 9am to 5.30pm at 177, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

Facilitators are former managing director and publishing director of Oxford University Press, Malaysia, Edda de Silva, and former Associate Professor in the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, Dr Nesamalar Chitravelu.

Places are limited to 20 people. Closing date is May 9. Call Rozita at 03-7726-9078 or e-mail .

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