Ever thought you could make a difference? Why not explore your creative potential and express your inner voice through writing?
Aliran will be holding a weekend writers’ workshop at the end of July:
- Date: 27-28 July 2019 (Saturday/Sunday)
- Time: 9am to 5pm each day
- Venue: Aliran office, 103 Medan Penaga, 11600 Jelutong, Penang
- Theme: Writing for Change in New Malaysia
- Registration fee: RM20, covers lunch and refreshments for two days
- Medium of writing: Either Malay or English
- Target group: Anyone above 18 (including the young-at-heart!) interested in writing to make a difference (those who have not attended previous workshops)
- Henry Loh, Aliran newsletter coordinator and co-editor
- Dr Azmil Tayeb, political scientist and winner of the 2019 Colleagues’ Choice Book Prize, awarded by the International Convention of Asian Scholars
- Anil Netto, Aliran co-editor, blogger and former Malaysia correspondent for Asia Times and Inter-Press Service
Pre-registration is required.
Participants are expected to stay for the full two days and will be given practical mentoring on writing an article, which will be completed by the end of the second day. This article will then be passed to our editorial team to be considered for publication on the Aliran website.
A certificate of participation will be presented to all those completing the two full days of the workshop.
Why this workshop?
The new Malaysia offers exciting new possibilities. For the first time in a long while, you are freer to express your opinions on a variety of issues you may feel strongly about. What should the new Malaysia be like and how can it improve the lives of the people. What ideas do you have to make it a better place?
This workshop provides a safe space for you to express yourself and unleash your inner voice through writing. Through this two-day process, guided by our facilitators, you will gain the confidence to become a published writer and share your thoughts with the public. In doing so, you will be able to make a difference in the new Malaysia.
8.30am – Registration and light refreshments
9.00 – Introduction
Why this workshop – introduction
9.30 – Key issues in New Malaysia
To find out what participants think are the critical issues now (Prema and Azmil)
10.30 – Coffee break – Think about possible topics
11.00 – Writing tips
How to draw readers in
12.30pm – Lunch
1.30 – Tightening your writing
How to write clearly and concisely (Anil)
Using an online app to improve clarity
3.30 – Tea break
4.00 – Discuss the topic you would like to write about (Azmil)
4.30 – Writing the introduction
5.00 – End of Day 1
Assignment: Coming up with a skeleton/bullet points/key concepts for your article
9.00am – Light breakfast and coffee
9.30 – Sharing the introduction
10.00 – Start writing – Overcoming writers’ block
11.00 – Coffee Break – Continue writing
11.30 – Carry on writing
Participants produce a first draft
1.00pm – Lunch
2.00 – Polishing up the article
3.00 – Sharing: Each participant learns from what others have done, how they have done it, what to avoid etc….
3.30 – Revision of drafts
To come up with a final version of the article
4.00 – Tea break – Facilitator’s sharing
Why publish your writing? A facilitator discusses what motivates and inspires him
4.30 – Evaluation
Finding out what participants think of the workshop; suggestions for future workshops
5.00 – Presentation of certificates; Workshop ends
Registration form below