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Communication skills for writers

By Simon Clews

8 May 2015 (Fri)
9.30am - 5.30pm

Level 5, Possibility Room
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

Course Fee: $150.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $5.00

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Increasingly, the writer is becoming an integral part in the selling and marketing of their work. When a publisher looks at a publishing proposal, for example, their focus is as much the marketing of the book and author’s role in that process as it is on the content of the proposed work. Not only are highly developed written and oral communication skills vital to making your mark on the world and paving a way for a successful writing career, but the speaking circuit can sometimes be as profitable as the writing game. Benefit from the tips, tricks and techniques that Simon Clews has been using for the past thirty years to get your message across and enhance your career as a writer.

What the course covers

This workshop picks up when the pen leaves the paper or when the last keystroke is done. In a way it is about everything else the writer must do in addition to coming up with amazing ideas and translating them into winning words.

Participants will look at:

  • The writer as “good talent” – someone who is a great speaker and who can help promote their own work
  • The speaking circuit as a source of income and audience awareness/development
  • How to get invited to writers’ festivals and other literary events
  • How to support the marketing and promotion of their work before it is even written!

The workshop will offer training in:

  • Public speaking
  • Enhancing a presentation with AV or IT
  • Working with the media

Participants for this workshop can be at any stage in their writing career, but should understand that the notion of the writer as “good talent” is as crucial to achieving success as coming up with great stories and ideas and writing them well is. This is not a workshop for shy, retiring wallflowers!

About the Trainer: Simon Clews

Simon Clews

Simon Clews has been involved in all things literary for close to three decades now. For fourteen years he directed the world famous Melbourne Writers Festival and for the past decade he has headed up Melbourne University's prestigious Writing Centre for Scholars and Researchers, recently renamed the Melbourne Engagement Lab. He has organised thousands of literary events, written for newspapers and magazines and is currently wrestling with a small digital publishing start-up that seems to have a life of its own. He teaches writers and academics all around the world how to get the best out of the only tool they have in their trade ... words. 

Registration Details

Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 10 – 30 pax

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.