ScribblesWe didn’t want to announce this too early because the programme of ten weeks only starts in early March. (The late Chinese New Year this year was a factor.) 

The last writing workshop was in July 2016. Since then, we have surrendered the house that we are using in Jalan Tempinis 2; we will be holding the next programme at the Boardroom of the Royal Commonwealth Society (also commonly known as the Commonwealth Club) at 4, Jalan Birah, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur. (Plenty of parking.)

The next workshop will commence on March 3, 2018 and will run for ten weeks every Saturday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. (There could be breaks in between). Since the boardroom is bigger than our former space, we are going to try it out with twelve participants this time. Registration is now open. The fee will be RM1320.00 (no increase from the last time, which like all previous workshops was fully subscribed). Again there will be an early bird 10% discount for anyone registering before February 18, 2018 -- extended due to CNY (and an early website glitch). Please note that a 6% GST will apply.

The first one in the series was in 2006 in which Chua K Yee was a participant. Kow Shih-li and Rumaizah were all in 2006 programmes, but in later batches.) Since then we have published then and nine others from our programme, and a dozen more are are working, in several writing groups, with their projects which are in various stages of completion. Apart from that many more (although not published by Silverfish Books) are regular contributor to other anthologies and journals. It's all good.

We started these workshops with the view of developing world class home-grown writers in English. Our experiment with the Silverfish New Writing series, revealed that most Malaysian writers have only one burning story eating them, but which is seldom  written (which is where it should have remained). This obsession is a problem; let go of it and discover the hundreds of other tales floating about in your head that are crying to be told. A wellspring of ideas.

The other obsession is the terrifying need to become writers (with all its perceived glamour), not storytellers. Writing is only the means to an end. The end is the story. How do you tell a good story? Why do some stories work and others don’t? How do you merge with your story, until you and the story become one, and it tells itself through you? Don’t try to be profound, don’t preach; just be interesting. The story is not about you; yet only you can write it. Let the story find you, give it enough room to live. Become the medium.

If any of the above make sense to you, or if you:

• Believe in the power of the story, the myth.

• Have wondered why some stories work while others don’t 

• Understand the concept of the 'right brain', wherever that might be. 

• Believe that it's possible to dig deep into one's psyche and unleash the genius within. 

• Simply enjoy telling/writing stories (to friends, relatives, children, grandchildren), and would like to learn a few techniques.

• Believe writing is therapeutic. 

• Simply want to express oneself. 

• Want to be able to produce what publisher's want. 

• Believe in the magic of writing. 

• Want to learn to write better -- fiction or not.

Registration: If you are interested in any of the above, you may register online in person at Silverfish Books, 20-2F, Second Floor, Bangsar Village 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur (tel: 03-228 448 37) with full payment in cash, or credit card.

Or, if you prefer to transact online, please visit http://www.silverfishbooks.com/swp-2018-1 where we accept payment by Paypal or credit card.

All registration must be fully paid,and will be on a strictly first-come-first-served, and there will be no refunds if you change your mind. (So please think carefully before you commit.) No request for reservation will be entertained either. (Please note that this is a programme for adults only and not for those under 18, and certainly not for those still in school.)

Contact and inquiries: Silverfish Books 20-2F, Bangsar Village 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 KualaLumpur
Tel: 03-228 448 37 Email: info@silverfishbooks.com