Introduction to Authorship (IAU-02)

Authorship Course Singapore

Capability

Create fascinating new worlds for your readers and listeners.

Authorship Course

Read any amazing books lately — you know, the ones you’ve written? If not, let’s start. Learn how to write fiction and non-fiction masterpieces, and unleash the next potential bestseller by creating literary universes in which readers can find and just as easily lose themselves in. If you have an idea, it’s worth turning it into a story because there’s always someone looking forward to reading it. Let’s get that out to them.

Note: this course is conducted on a 1-on-1 basis, owing to the highly personalised nature of materials, and the need to protect each author’s ideas and intellectual property. This course is covered by the ASEAN subsidy for eligible participants.

Check my eligibility 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 any time from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021, regardless of the actual course dates.

Legally resident in any of the 10 ASEAN member states:
The subsidy will apply to you if you are currently holding 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 2021 for a course that is starting on 18 March 2022. The date of enrolment falls between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021. ASEAN subsidy will apply.

Example 2: ASEAN subsidy will not apply
Participant enrols on 10 February 2022 for a course that is starting on 18 March 2022. The date of enrolment falls outside of 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021. ASEAN subsidy will not apply.

You can apply the ASEAN subsidy to your enrolment directly from your course enrolment form below. For further queries please call +(65) 6573 7370 or contact us →

Fee and subsidy
S$980.00 (S$408.35 after ASEAN subsidy)

Duration
2 days (9:30am – 4:30pm)

Delivery
Live-streamed interactive
Maximum 1 participant

Requirements
Conducted in English

Course modules

Modules offer participants comprehensive insights into the subject matter, drawing from academic and industry research.

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-editing your 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 mean full, ongoing support for authors and novelists.
  • Course objectives

    Delivering clear professional learning outcomes for people of all abilities and ambitions.

    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

    Relevant and reliable training that meets the demand for increasingly sophisticated communication skills.

    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 to your creative writing and storytelling abilities. You will be equipped with the confidence, tools, and knowledge needed to become a career 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 to master the process of creative 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 always be on hand with career advice and professional work support. Introduction to Authorship can be taken independently, or combined with Introduction to Publishing.

    Course convenor

    Learn from academic and leading industry experts

    Course instructors
    Meet the training team →

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

    Deepa is currently completing another degree in religious studies from the University of London. She is part of the interfaith fellowship programme at the Centre for Interfaith Understanding (CIFU) in Singapore. She has led the team at Quantico CCIL since its founding in 2005 and continues to take a hands-on approach to training our participants in the areas of digital marketing, storytelling, and arts communication. More on your convenor →

    Deepa Vijayan at the Singapore Writers Festival
    Deepa Vijayan serves as a moderator for a publishing panel at the Singapore Writers Festival.

    Course schedule

    Pick your own course dates for groups of 3 and more. Use the enrolment form below to choose your preferred dates, or set your own schedule.

    Set my own dates

    1-on-1 course

    Introduction to Authorship (IAU-02) is conducted on a 1-on-1 basis. Participants can therefore personalise their schedule with their instructors.

    Course convenor: Deepa Vijayan →

    Plan your schedule

    From 2 to 14 days

    This course offers additional flexibility. Complete the entire course in 2 full days, or spread your modules into bite-sized chunks over two weeks.

    Get in touch →

    Combine your courses

    Authorship + Publishing

    Take this course as-is, or combine it with Introduction to Publishing (IPB-01). You can also add Introduction to Publishing any time during this course.

    Enrol

    Introduction to Publishing (IPB-01)

    Publishing Course Singapore

    Capability

    Produce and promote your manuscript across print and digital channels.

    Publishing Course

    You’ve got your manuscript out. It’s now time to bring it to the world. This course addresses key areas of publishing, from choosing traditional or self-publishing channels and hiring an agent, to using services like Create Space™, selling your rights and negotiating royalties with perpetuities. Learn how to get your masterpieces published and 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 personalised nature of materials, and the need to protect each author’s ideas and intellectual property. This course is covered by the ASEAN subsidy for eligible participants.

    Check my eligibility 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 any time from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021, regardless of the actual course dates.

    Legally resident in any of the 10 ASEAN member states:
    The subsidy will apply to you if you are currently holding 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 2021 for a course that is starting on 18 March 2022. The date of enrolment falls between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021. ASEAN subsidy will apply.

    Example 2: ASEAN subsidy will not apply
    Participant enrols on 10 February 2022 for a course that is starting on 18 March 2022. The date of enrolment falls outside of 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021. ASEAN subsidy will not apply.

    You can apply the ASEAN subsidy to your enrolment directly from your course enrolment form below. For further queries please call +(65) 6573 7370 or contact us →

    Fee and subsidy
    S$550.00 (S$229.18 after ASEAN subsidy)

    Duration
    1 day (9:30am – 4:30pm)

    Delivery
    Live-streamed interactive
    Maximum 1 participant

    Requirements
    Conducted in English

    Course modules

    Modules offer participants comprehensive insights into the subject matter, drawing from academic and industry research.

    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 mean full, ongoing support for authors.
  • Course objectives

    Delivering clear professional learning outcomes for people of all abilities and ambitions.

    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 sales writing and branding strategies: please see Copywriting Course →
  • Course applications

    Relevant and reliable training that meets the demand for increasingly sophisticated communication skills.

    Introduction to Publishing gives aspiring authors a solid understanding of the 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. We will also examine different types of publishing contracts and the processes of manuscript covers, proofing, submission timelines, and production.

    The course facilitates constructive, realistic discussions of the publishing industry, with a view to helping first-time authors navigate the business of publishing 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

    Learn from academic and leading industry experts

    Course instructors
    Meet the training team →

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

    Deepa is currently completing another degree in religious studies from the University of London. She is part of the interfaith fellowship programme at the Centre for Interfaith Understanding (CIFU) in Singapore. She has led the team at Quantico CCIL since its founding in 2005 and continues to take a hands-on approach to training our participants in the areas of digital marketing, storytelling, and arts communication. More on your convenor →

    Deepa Vijayan at the Singapore Writers Festival
    Deepa Vijayan serves as a moderator for a publishing panel at the Singapore Writers Festival.

    Course schedule

    Pick your own course dates for groups of 3 and more. Use the enrolment form below to choose your preferred dates, or set your own schedule.

    Set my own dates

    1-on-1 course

    Introduction to Publishing (IPB-01) is conducted on a 1-on-1 basis. Participants can therefore personalise their schedule with their instructors.

    Course convenor: Deepa Vijayan →

    Plan your schedule

    From 1 to 7 days

    This course offers additional flexibility. Complete the entire course in 1 full day, or spread your modules into bite-sized chunks over one week.

    Get in touch →

    Combine your courses

    Publishing + Authorship

    Take this course as-is, or combine it with Introduction to Authorship (IAU-02). You can also add Introduction to Authorship any time during this course.

    Enrol

    Course enrolment

    Enrol for your course and apply the ASEAN subsidy.

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