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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

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.

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