Finding the Author’s Voice
An Introduction to the Art and Craft of Creative Writing
by Bernice Chauly

The Workshop:

How does a writer find his voice? How does she know which medium to work in? Finding the Author’s Voice is an introduction to the art and craft of Creative Writing with a specific focus on poetry, creative non-fiction and short fiction. This is a writing intensive course, which will be conducted as a workshop or studio, where participants are expected to write and read out their work on a weekly basis. The workshop will look at a range of classical and contemporary work in the specified genres to help the new author create their own distinct voices and way of writing.

Workshop participants will be expected to engage in critical discourse and develop a way of using writing as a way of looking at the world, a way of seeing and expressing the human condition through their own words.

Workshop Details:

Duration: 3 hours a week for 10 weeks.

Cost: RM 2,500

Classes are limited to 12 students only.

Course Dates: June 28 – Sept 6 th 2015 (including break for Hari Raya)

Time: Every Sunday, 2 pm – 5pm,

Venue: Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tunku Bainun, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, TTDI 60000 KL.

Medium of instruction: English. Texts will be written in English.

Workshop open to individuals aged 17 and above as there may be mature content involved.

*Copyright of all work produced at the KL Writers Workshop remains with the author. The KL Writers Workshop is not responsible or liable for any work produced in our writing workshops.


BC_15Bernice Chauly is a Malaysian writer, poet and educator. Born in George Town, Penang to Chinese-Punjabi teachers, she read Education, TESL and English Literature in Canada as a government scholar. For over 20 years, she has worked extensively in the creative industries as a writer, teacher, photographer, actor and filmmaker and has won multiple awards for her work and her contribution to the arts in Malaysia.

In 1998, she began organizing literary events, and in 2005, founded Readings, the oldest live literary platform in Kuala Lumpur. In 2011, she was Festival Director for the Writers Unlimited Tour Kuala Lumpur/Makassar and invited to be the Festival Director of the George Town Literary Festival in Penang (2011-2013), the only state-funded literary festival in Malaysia.

She is the author of five books, which include poetry and prose; going there and coming back (1997), The Book of Sins (2008), Lost in KL (2008) and the acclaimed memoir Growing Up With Ghosts (2011) which won in the Readers’ Choice Awards 2012 in the Non-Fiction Category and Onkalo (2013), her third collection of poems.

She has had writing residencies in Amsterdam with the Nederlands Letterenfonds, the International Writing Program (IWP) in Iowa City and the Sitka Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. She has toured and performed in noted literary festivals in England (Worlds Literature Festival, Norwich), Suriname, the Dutch Antilles, South Africa, Indonesia (Ubud Writers Festival, Salihara Biennale, Makassar International Writers Festival), India (Asian Writers Festival, Guwahati), Thailand, Singapore (Singapore Writers Festival), USA (Iowa City Book Festival) and the Netherlands (Writers Unlimited).

She is an Honorary Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program 2014 and is the Founder and Director of the KL Writers Workshop.


We are offering a 10% early bird discount for Write that Script! and Finding the Author’s Voice if you register before June 15th.