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Writing Malay Fiction: The Okky Madasari Way

By Okky Madasari

4 – 5 April 2020 (Sat – Sun)
10:00am – 4:00pm

Singapore Book Council Training Room
90 Goodman Road, Blk E #03-32
Goodman Arts Centre
Singapore 439053

Course Fee: $180.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $189.09

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In line with the National Arts Council's guidelines, this programme will be held online to minimise the spread of COVID-19, with more information to come. We will be in touch with existing ticket-holders soon. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Perfect your short story or novel at this two-day workshop with award-winning Indonesian novelist and essayist Okky Madasari. The Okky Madasari way will help you acquire the skills and knowledge required to write fiction suitable for publication. Okky will provide one-on-one consultation for the manuscript for your short story or novel, regardless of how experienced you are.



Day 1

  • Introduction and ice breaking
  • Basic Writing Theory
  • Coming up with story ideas
  • Review and discussion
  • Break 
  • Short story writing practice (Participants can individually consult Okky)
  • Individual review and discussion


Day 2

  • Discussing story ideas
  • Novel writing practice (Participants can individually consult Okky)
  • 12.30-13.30 Break
  • Novel writing practice (cont.)
  • Individual Review and discussion

About the Trainer: Okky Madasari

Okky Madasari

Okky Madasari is an award-winning Indonesian novelist and essayist. She has published five novels, one short story collection and three children’s novels since 2010. Her novels have been translated into English, Malay, German and Arabic. In 2017, Okky was selected by the US government to represent Indonesia for the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, US, from August to October 2017.

She regularly writes essays for Indonesian and international media and journals, and becomes a regular writer for the Jakarta Post  (for samples of her article see for instance: and, Jawa Post (see: and and (see:

Okky has been providing writing workshop for essay, fiction, feature and reports and other writings for business purposes for general public, universities, government offices, communities and corporates. She has been developing a unique method to allow for a quick mastery of basic writing skills in producing quality pieces. She has giving workshops to people from private companies, state-owned firms, government institutions and universities.          

Registration Details

Capability Development Grant

The Capability Development Grant is open to individuals and organisations who have a strong track record of involvement in the arts at a professional level, and is able to demonstrate commitment to the long-term development of the arts in Singapore.

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.