Demystify the Process of Writing your First Historical Fiction Novel



Demystifying the intimidating journey of writing a historical fiction novel, Wesley introduces to participants an easy-to-follow step by step guide on how to develop your story idea and research into a novel.

With his Epigram Books Fiction Prize shortlisted historical fiction novel, The Punkhawala and the Prostitute as an example, Wesley will share the obstacles and lessons learnt from developing and writing his book. Participants can look forward to learning both important research and creative process skills needed in developing their first historical fiction novel.

This introductory workshop is recommended for not only enthusiasts who are keen to learn how to write historical fiction using stories from Singapore but for anyone who is keen to find out more about the process an author takes to write one.To equip participants with the introductory basic skill set of developing their story ideas and research into a historical fiction novel.

*Participants are recommended to read The Punkhawala and the Prostitute (Epigram Books) prior to attending the course.


This workshop takes place on: 

  • 13 August 2022 (Saturday), 9:30 am to 12:30 pm SGT

*Please note that there is no lift access to the training room.



Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 1 – 30 pax

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.



The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop 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.


13 Aug 2022
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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

Course Fee: $60
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $3.17


Past Academy attendees are entitled to a 20% promo for the tickets. To redeem the promo code, please email [email protected] to request.

Buddy Tickets are available at 20% off. 




Wesley Leon Aroozoo

Wesley Leon Aroozoo

Wesley is a multi-disciplinary artist with 13 Little Pictures with his works spanning from literary arts, film to theatre. His works have been nominated for the Busan International Film Festival Mecenat Award and Epigram Books Fiction Prize. He is the author of Bedok Reservoir, which was adapted for the stage and performed at the Goodman Arts Centre. A feature documentary companion to his second novella, I Want to Go Home had its World Premiere at the Busan International Film Festival. It was also adapted as a multi-sensory exhibition by Mural Lingo and The Arts House for the Light to Nights Festival. His latest historical fiction novel, The Punkhawala and the Prostitute was presented at The Substation’s interactive tour ‘An Artist’s Journey: You are Obviously in the Right Place’. Wesley is also an educator having taught at various institutions, workshops and festivals.