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Short Story Writing Workshop (in Tamil)


31 October – 1 November 2011
2.00pm – 6.00pm

Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA)
No 1. Beatty Road
Singapore 209943

Course Fee: $50.00

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The National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS), with the support of National Arts Council (NAC), Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA), Singapore Tamil Teachers’ Union (STTU) and Association of Singapore Tamil Writers (ASTW), is pleased to invite you to the Short Story Writing Workshop (in Tamil) to be held on 31 October & 1 November 2011.


  • To deepen the understanding of fiction fundamentals and short story elements.
  • To review the many examples of renowned Tamil writers.
  • To engage in the critiquing of works by other participants, with the aim of recognising the strengths and weaknesses in our writings.


  • Beginnings
  • Perception
  • Narration
  • Characterisation
  • Dialogues
  • Ending of Short Stories


  • Beginning to intermediate writers who have completed a draft story and want to make it better.
  • Students who are interested in improving their creative writing skills.
  • Teachers interested in improving their creative writing skills.

About the Trainer: Maalan

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Maalan is a writer-journalist, with the distinction of leading the premier Tamil journals namely India Today (Tamil), Dinamani, Kumudam and Kungumam, as its Editor. Currently, he is Advisor at the School of Media studies at SRM University and is Editor of Puthiya Thalaimurai, a Tamil weekly. As a writer, he has 13 titles to his credit. His first collection of short stories Kallirku Kizhum Pookkal (Flowers beneath Stones) was a book of study on contemporary Tamil writing for Post-graduate students at Madurai Kamaraj University when it was launched in 1980. Another short story collection Marudal Varum was awarded the best book of the year in 1989 by the Vice Chancellor of Central University Pondicherry, which later became a book of study for Tamil students at Kerala University. His poems have found a place in the anthology of protest poetry, Voices of Emergency, compiled by Prof John Oliver Perry of Tufts University, USA and in the Anthology of Tamil Poetry by Sahitya Academy of India. His stories were translated into English and to other Indian languages and have appeared in the leading magazines such as Illustrated Weekly of India, Decan Herald, Vipula and Mathru Bhoomi. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from University of Florida with specialisation in Advanced Editing.

Registration Details

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.