Fiction Writing Course (12-Week Intensive)

Events in Selangor / Selangor

This Fiction Writing Course is an intensive graduate-level programme for adults which spans 12 weeks (almost 3 months).

LOCATION/TIMING: Classes are conducted via face-to-face sessions (60 credit hours) at our Petaling Jaya, Centrestage Campus every Sunday 9:00 am-2:00 pm for 12 weeks.�

FORMAT OF INSTRUCTION: Lectures with notes provided, writing exercises with guidance and feedback, story analysis, peer workshop critique, and weekly homework.

CAPACITY: Maximum 10 participants per class

COURSE FEE: RM2,000 [50% payable upfront, and the rest monthly; 10% (RM200) discount if fees settled in full upon signup]

Phone/Whatsapp: 016-2084839 or 03-79321655
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- have always wanted to write but don’t know where to start;
- have a story idea in your head but you don’t know how to plot successfully or craft a powerful narrative;
- are writing a memoir / non-fiction but would like to learn how to make your narrative compelling and engaging;
- are a freelance writer who wants enhance usage of literary devices;
- are a struggling fiction writer who can’t figure out why your stories keep getting rejected by publishers…

The Course is for fiction writing beginners & intermediate writers, ie people who are just starting out in fiction writing or have been trying to get published internationally for awhile. Participants must have a firm grasp of writing in English, with a basics of grammar and sentence structure, and an interest in reading English literature.
The course will be conducted entirely in English, with reference materials in English.

Through this course, you will experience the group workshop technique (utilized in International Writing Conferences and Master of Fine Arts programs) and Critical Story Analysis for developing the skill of dissecting and reverse engineering exemplary literature, so that it can form a basis for your own creative development.

Hone the fiction writing talent you have been dabbling with for a while. Learn the fundamentals of crafting a good story, from inspiration through to submission for publication, while developing your own writing voice and improving your storytelling technique, guided by literary examples of acclaimed novels and short stories. Get industry tips and knowhow from experienced writer(s).

1. Course Overview
2. Introduction to Industry Terminology
3. Plot & Story-Building
4. Conflict in Fiction
5. Theme, Settings & World Building
6. Writing Real & Relatable Characters
7. Writing Believable Dialogue
8. Grammar & Common Language Mistakes: Tenses, Adjectives & Adverbs, Active vs Passive, Choice of Words
9. Literary Devices: Imagery, Contrast, Paradox, Hyperbole, Juxtaposition, Metaphor, Similes, Symbolism, Foreshadowing, Backstory, Epiphany etc.
10. Writing “Rules”: Show Don’t Tell, Emotive Writing, Great Openings/Start with a Bang, Write What You Know, Don’t Distract the Reader, Info Dump, Clichés
11. Reading Skills & Reading Like A Writer: Story Analyses & Dissecting Writing Choices
12. Short Story vs Novel Writing
13. Editing your Writing: Big Picture till Line Editing
14. Writers' Circle, Workshop & Critique Techniques
15. Developing Your Individual “Voice” & Writing Style
16. The Legal Aspect of Publishing - Copyright & Contract: protecting your creative work and avoiding legal problems
17. Writing Professionalism:
- Publishing Industry Knowhow (Traditional, Self-Publishing & Vanity Press: Concepts & Processes), Tips & Tricks
- Common Mistakes in Writing & Publishing
- Literary Agents
- Establishing a Routine & Staying Motivated
- Other skills useful to Authors
- Weathering Writing Blocks & Time Management


Civil litigation lawyer turned writer/actor/vocalist, Tina Isaacs has published numerous short stories, locally and internationally.

This arts education activist is founder of the online Malaysian Writers Community (est. 2014) and Society (est. 2016), which helps lose to 8,000 writers, poets, editors, bloggers and literary translators from Malaysia by providing advocacy and support in their craft development and publishing activities.

Tina also served as Editor for the Malaysian Bar magazine Praxis (2010-2013) and was an Acquisitions Editor at the Malaysian branch of an International publishing house (2016-2018).

With qualifications in Law and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction), Tina is presently working on various translation projects, and original novels and short stories.

Find out more at



Date and Time
Sat, Oct 23, 2021
9:00 - 14:00 Malaysia Time

The Language House Malaysia - Language Centre,
P-01-001, Podium,
PJ Centre Stage, 1,
Jalan 13/1, Seksyen 13,,
Selangor, Malaysia


Event Type
Class, Course, Training or Workshop

Entrance Fee
RM2,000 [50% payable upfront, and the rest monthly; 10% (RM200) discount if fees settled in full upon signup]