Polish: The Art of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers


Once you have completed a story, you must relook your fiction with a keen editor’s eye if you are to identify aspects to rework and improve on. If you are unsure on how to troubleshoot and polish your work before you market it, this is the workshop for you.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the process of editing fiction
  • Apply an editing mindset, when necessary, to your personal writing
  • Enhance how you give feedback to others about their writing


  • In order to participate in this workshop, you will first need to submit a max-2000-word sample of your writing upon registration. (Each piece will undergo a review process by the facilitator and other participants such that you will learn how to critique text from an editor’s perspective and you will also receive comprehensive feedback on your own work.) SBC will get in touch upon full payment of the course to get your sample, latest a week before the workshop. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions.

Programme Itinerary:

  • Workshop Session 1 (16 March 2024)

    Introduction and icebreaker activity (15 min)

    Segment 1: History of the picture book, its language and potential as an expressive art form (105 min):

    • Lecture on “What is a picture book?”
    • Critique on the art and commercial value of the picture book: “Lost in the Gardens” and "Lemonade Sky"
    • Discussion on "What is a picture book?"

    Break and refreshment (15 min)

    Segment 2: Ways of storytelling: How to tell stories with the picture book (105 min):

    • Lecture on "Different ways of storytelling"
    • Hands-on exercise: writing a story differently
    • Group sharing

    Lunch (60 min)

    Welcome back and book reading (15 min)

    Segment 3: Producing a manuscript (90 min)

    • Hands-on exercise: writing a children's picture book story
    • Group sharing

    Break and refreshment (15 min)

    Segment 4 (120 min)

    • Sharing on "Storyboarding"
    • Hands-on exercise: create a storyboard base on the story from Segment 3
    • Group sharing and critique

    Closing and Q&A (15 min)

    Workshop Session 2 (23 March 2024)

    Introduction and icebreaker activity (15 min)

    Segment 1: Creating a character design (90 min):

    • Lecture on “Character design”
    • Hands-on exercise: create a character design
    • Group sharing and critique

    Break and refreshment (15 min)

    Segment 2: Illustration techniques (120 min)

    • Visual observation - elements of art
    • Explore art media
    • Create an illustrated character

    Closing and Q&A (15 min)

Programme Details:

First Session:

Date: 23 March 2023, Saturday

Time: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm

Venue: SBC Training Room, Goodman Arts Centre,

Blk E, #03-32 

Second Session:

Date: 30 March 2023, Saturday

Time: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm

Venue: SBC Training Room, Goodman Arts Centre,

Blk E, #03-32 



The programme can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the programme date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to 5 working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Those who did not turn up at the workshop will not receive a refund.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation and withdrawal policy and accept the terms contained therein.


23 Mar 2024
10.00 AM - 1.00 PM

Singapore Book Council Training Room
90 Goodman Road, Blk E #03-32, Goodman Arts Centre, S439053

Course Fee: $180
Eventbrite Registration Fee: 5.93


• 40% off for students and seniors*
• 20% off buddy tickets (min. 2 tickets)*
• 20% off past participants of SBC Academy**
• 10% off for Kinokuniya Privilege Card members**

*No promo code needed, option available on Eventbrite
**Request promo code via email to [email protected] 


Verena Tay

Verena Tay

A writer, editor, storyteller, and theatre practitioner, Verena Tay (www.verenatay.com) has published two collections of short stories (Spaces, 2016; Spectre, 2012) and four volumes of plays. She has also edited twelve story anthologies, including the bestselling Balik Kampung series published by Math Paper Press. She has conducted numerous creative writing workshops for National Library Board, The Arts House, Creative Arts Programme (Ministry of Education), and other institutions. Currently, she is writing her first novel as part of her PhD studies in Creative Writing with Swansea University.