Introduction to Authorship (IAU-02)

Authorship Course

Course overview

Read any amazing books lately — you know, the ones you’ve written? If not, let’s start. Learn how to write masterpieces of fiction and non-fiction; unleash the next potential best seller by creating literary universes in which your audiences can find and, just as easily, lose themselves in. If you’ve got a great story, it’s always worth telling — because there’s always someone, somewhere across the world who’s looking forward to reading it. Let’s get that out there to them.

Note: this course is conducted on a 1-on-1 basis, owing to the highly personal nature of materials discussed and the need to protect each author’s ideas and intellectual property.

Fee and subsidy
S$980.00
S$588.30 after ASEAN subsidy
Duration
2 days
9:30am – 4:30pm
Delivery
Live-streamed interactive
Maximum 1 participant
Requirements
Conducted in English
The subsidised fee of SS$588.30 applies to residents of any of the 10 ASEAN member states and enrolling within the subsidy period between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020. Am I eligible for ASEAN subsidy?

You are eligible for ASEAN subsidy if you are:
1. Legally resident in any of the 10 ASEAN member states, and
2. Enrolling within the ASEAN subsidy period, between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020, regardless of the course’s dates.

Legally resident in any of the 10 ASEAN member states:
The subsidised fee will apply to you if you currently hold citizenship, permanent residence or settled status from:
› Brunei
› Cambodia
› Indonesia
› Lao PDR
› Malaysia
› Myanmar
› The Philippines
› Singapore
› Thailand
› Viet Nam

Enrolling within the ASEAN subsidy period:
The ASEAN subsidy period applies to the date of enrolment, and not to the course session itself, which can be outside this period. ASEAN subsidy is applied immediately at the point of enrolment.

Example 1: ASEAN subsidy will apply
Participant enrols on 23 October 2020 for a course that is starting on 10 February 2021. Date of enrolment is within 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020. ASEAN subsidy will apply.

Example 2: ASEAN subsidy will not apply
Participant enrols on 28 January 2021 for a course that is starting on 10 February 2021. Date of enrolment is past 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020. ASEAN subsidy will not apply.

Course topics

1. The writing journey

  • Career author vs casual author
  • Exploring fiction genres
  • Exploring Non-fiction genres
  • Your authorship goals: how, when, why
  • Owning your voice: writer and observer
  • Understanding your writing challenges
  • Setting timelines that work
  • Minimum viable product (MVP)
  • 2. Building a world

  • Fictional and non-fictional universes
  • Structuring sections and chapters
  • Variable narrative structures and voice
  • Ergonomic reading structures
  • Experimental reading structures
  • Where to start: plan, plot, process
  • Mining your own experiences
  • Repurposing structures for genres
  • 3. People and perspectives

  • Characters, time, and space
  • Questioning your characters
  • Perspectives and multiple viewpoints
  • Caricatures vs characters
  • Crafting characters into real people
  • Crafting real people into characters
  • Authoring for local and global cultures
  • Empathy and confirmation bias
  • 4. The ways of words

  • Narrative frameworks, syntax and pace
  • Emotion, logic, and credibility
  • Building symbols and iconography
  • Using figurative language
  • Diction and verbal semiotics
  • Formality and register
  • Dialogue to advance plot and character
  • Developing narrative consistency
  • 5. Mechanics and analysis

  • Clarity and conciseness in your work
  • Editing and re-editingyour work
  • Proofreading and style guides
  • Form and formatting for manuscripts
  • The question of readability vs style
  • Referencing styles in non-fiction
  • Drafting and preparing manuscripts
  • Understanding submission guidelines
  • 6. Research methods

  • Primary and secondary research
  • Ethnographic research methods
  • Archival research methods
  • Quotes, stories, and personal voice
  • Artistic license: when facts matter
  • Interview methods and best practices
  • Ethical data collection practices
  • The challenges of anonymisation
  • 7. Beyond your course

    Learning continues long after a course ends, with lifelong access to all of your instructors, through CCIL Qrowd™ [+]. Regular one-on-one refreshers, and free advanced courses means full, ongoing support for authors and novelists.

    Course objectives

    I will understand:

  • the imagined relationship between worlds, content, and creators
  • mindsets of diverse audiences with varying needs and expectations
  • why fiction and non-fiction rely as much on imagination as facts
  • what is expected of authors in different genre categories
  • why writers fail, and why there is no one set way of succeeding
  • the writing industry’s changing role in the post-digital era
  • I will be able to:

  • create worlds from words that matter to diverse readers
  • bridge the gap between what is real and what is realistic
  • think in design-led perspectives to express intangible ideas
  • extend my inspiration to write across several genres
  • construct characters that come alive beyond the page
  • start a stable, profitable career as a full-time author
  • This course does not:

  • cover in-depth copywriting and sales strategies: please see Copywriting Course [+]
  • cover storytelling for brands and products: please see Branded & Corporate Storytelling Course [+]
  • Course applications

    Your writing career is a serious business. You have ideas and stories that need to be told. Perhaps they’re life lessons, a new disruptive model for your industry, or a tale of astounding imagination. Transforming a great idea into a book puts you on the express lane towards thought leadership and market dominance. You will understand and continue to use the authoring process on a professional level with confidence, applying imagination and intellectual query towards literary scholarship in your creative writing and storytelling abilities.

    Being the author of a book is a life-changing experience with the potential to multiply ideas on a geometric scale. This experiential course will help you to achieve this scale. You will be able to write original stories and texts that audiences want to read, and belong to. You will be able to write for both fiction and non-fiction, build meaningful relationships between your characters and readers, and blur the lines between your world and the one we exist in. You will use your ideas, aspirations, and passions to create worlds from words that your audiences want to live in and belong to.

    At the end of this course, you will be able to apply imaginative processes with intellectual query towards literary scholarship in your creative writing and storytelling abilities. You will also be equipped with the confidence, tools and knowledge necessary to become a formed professional, and long-term, author. And as a member of Qrowd, Quantico CCIL’s best-in-class post-course support, you will have free and lifetime access to your instructor, new learning resources, and one-on-one meet-ups through Quantico CCIL’s authoring and publishing networks.

    This course teaches you not only how to write for personal or business purposes, but also gets you to master the entire process of writing, from idea generation and drafting, to clarifying the narrative process, making a point, and aligning your content with your audience. This authorship course gives you the skills to switch careers, start your own business, or boost your existing career. Your instructor will help you with career advice and any professional work support you require, during the course. Introduction to Authorship can be taken independently, or combined with Introduction to Publishing.

    Course convenor

    Deepa Vijayan is a trainer and senior communications advisor for government, finance, education, STEM, hospitality, and nonprofit sectors in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Deepa’s major practice areas are copywriting, content marketing, digital culture, and branded & corporate storytelling. Her focus is on the intersections between communication and digital culture, healthcare, religion, and the arts. More on your convenor [+]

    Course schedule

    Set my own dates

    1-on-1 course

    Due to the need to protect copyright and personal intellectual property, this course is conducted on a 1-on-1 basis. Participants can therefore set their own course schedule with their instructor.

    Introduction to Publishing (IPB-01)

    Publishing Course

    Course overview

    You’ve got your manuscript out. It’s time to take it to the world. Whether you choose traditional or self-publishing channels, hire a representative or use services like Create Space™, sell your rights or negotiate a royalty with perpetuities, this course has you covered from agents to zadj. Learn how to get your masterpieces published; build a powerful ecosystem around your work to sell your books, your ideas, and yourself across audiences, genres, and cultures.

    Note: this course is conducted on a 1-on-1 basis, owing to the highly personal nature of materials discussed and the need to protect each author’s ideas and intellectual property.

    Fee and subsidy
    S$550.00
    S$330.17 after ASEAN subsidy
    Duration
    1 day
    9:30am – 4:30pm
    Delivery
    Live-streamed interactive
    Maximum 1 participant
    Requirements
    Conducted in English
    The subsidised fee of SS$330.17 applies to residents of any of the 10 ASEAN member states and enrolling within the subsidy period between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020. Am I eligible for ASEAN subsidy?

    You are eligible for ASEAN subsidy if you are:
    1. Legally resident in any of the 10 ASEAN member states, and
    2. Enrolling within the ASEAN subsidy period, between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020, regardless of the course’s dates.

    Legally resident in any of the 10 ASEAN member states:
    The subsidised fee will apply to you if you currently hold citizenship, permanent residence or settled status from:
    › Brunei
    › Cambodia
    › Indonesia
    › Lao PDR
    › Malaysia
    › Myanmar
    › The Philippines
    › Singapore
    › Thailand
    › Viet Nam

    Enrolling within the ASEAN subsidy period:
    The ASEAN subsidy period applies to the date of enrolment, and not to the course session itself, which can be outside this period. ASEAN subsidy is applied immediately at the point of enrolment.

    Example 1: ASEAN subsidy will apply
    Participant enrols on 23 October 2020 for a course that is starting on 10 February 2021. Date of enrolment is within 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020. ASEAN subsidy will apply.

    Example 2: ASEAN subsidy will not apply
    Participant enrols on 28 January 2021 for a course that is starting on 10 February 2021. Date of enrolment is past 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020. ASEAN subsidy will not apply.

    Course topics

    1. The publishing journey

  • Understanding what publishing means
  • Various publishing channels
  • Sourcing for book publishing agents
  • Understanding the royalty process
  • Dealing with various publishing deals
  • Go it alone: self-publishing options
  • Setting your own price threshold
  • Dealing with rejection and acceptance
  • 2. From book to movement

  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Demystifying and applying for ISBNs
  • Book tours, signings, and events
  • Picking an appropriate nom de plume
  • Self-branding in the post-digital era
  • Selling, sharing, and content marketing
  • Publish in Asia, UK/Europe, or the US
  • The future of the publishing industry
  • 3. Beyond your course

    Learning continues long after a course ends, with lifelong access to all of your instructors, through CCIL Qrowd™ [+]. Regular one-on-one consultations, and sustained professional guidance means full, ongoing support for authors.

    Course objectives

    I will understand:

  • the publishing industry and its (often) complex requirements
  • the difference between agency and self-publishing models
  • why publishing is more than the business-end of writing
  • what is meant by royalties, agency fees, and artist contracts
  • when to proceed or backout of book and movie deals
  • the publishing industry’s changing role in the post-digital era
  • I will be able to:

  • understand how the publishing industry works, locally and internationally
  • learn about self-publishing vs using literary agents
  • create marketability for my books and personal brand
  • account for hidden costs and fees included in book deals
  • drive reader-interest through growing fan bases and public appearances
  • grow my presence in Amazon’s Kindle™ and CreateSpace™ marketplaces
  • This course does not:

  • cover in-depth content marketing strategies: please see Digital & Content Marketing Course [+]
  • cover in-depth social media strategies: please see Social Media Course [+]
  • Course applications

    Introduction to Publishing gives aspiring authors and writers a solid understanding of the book and media publishing industry as it stands today, and where it will be tomorrow. This course covers the entire process, from preparing your manuscript for final edits, to meeting with publishing agents and signing book deals. The course facilitates a constructive, realistic discussion of the publishing industry for both, first-time and experienced authors — with the goal of navigating the publishing industry with confidence and clarity. Your instructor will remain on-hand to provide sound career advice and professional guidance long after the course is over. Introduction to Publishing can be taken independently, or combined with Introduction to Authorship.

    Course convenor

    Deepa Vijayan is a trainer and senior communications advisor for government, finance, education, STEM, hospitality, and nonprofit sectors in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Deepa’s major practice areas are copywriting, content marketing, digital culture, and branded & corporate storytelling. Her focus is on the intersections between communication and digital culture, healthcare, religion, and the arts. More on your convenor [+]

    Course schedule

    Set my own dates

    1-on-1 course

    Due to the need to protect copyright and personal intellectual property, this course is conducted on a 1-on-1 basis. Participants can therefore set their own course schedule with their instructor.

    Course enrolment

    Terms and conditions

    Please read and understand the terms and conditions [+] before proceeding with this service or contact us for further clarification.

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