Imaginative Writing with Melanie Lee

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This course by award-winning children’s book author Melanie Lee offers some tips and exercises in expanding your writing's horizons!

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Looking to cultivate your imagination and creative writing? Let Melanie Lee guide you to craft stories only you can write.

This is a one-hour video lesson which will be followed by a 45-minute live feedback and Q&A session with Melanie herself. Here, you’ll be able to build the foundations of Imaginative Writing and discover how stories go beyond form and structure. Come away with the skills to broaden your perspectives and become critically reflective and observant of the world around you.

Through various writing activities, find peace with your inner critic and learn about your creative process. Gain the confidence to engage in the flow of free association writing and stream of consciousness to dismantle that writer’s block stifling your creativity.

If your imagination is itching for some exercise and fun, then sign up to let your creativity run!

Outline for Imaginative Writing

  • What is Imaginative Writing and its Importance?
  • Approaching Imaginative Writing
  • Drawing on Personal Experiences
  • Random Observations
  • The News as a Story Source
  • Fan Fiction
  • Short Story Basics
  • The Elements of a Story
  • Live Session with Melanie Lee


Melanie Lee (https://melanielee.sg/) is a writer, lecturer and editor who is an Associate Faculty at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) teaching media writing. Her children’s picture book Who is The Red Commander?, the third instalment of her series The Adventures of Squirky the Alien, was the first Singaporean book to snag the 2016 Crystal Kite Award. She has also done multi-media projects for the Singapore Bicentennial Office, Singapore Tourism Board, National Museum of Singapore and many other organizations.

This workshop is suitable for 13 to 17 year olds who would like to exercise their imagination and develop strong creative writing skills.

This programme will be conducted via the Zoom platform. Participants do not need a Zoom account to take part in the workshop.

Please note by registering for this programme, you consent to your photos/screenshots being taken for social media and archival purposes.

For enquiries, please email programmes@bookcouncil.sg


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.

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Singapore Book Council (SBC) is a charity founded in 1968. Its vision is to Build Our Imagine-nation by developing creativity, imagination and original thought through writing, reading, illustrating and storytelling. Its mission is to fulfil this vision through books and literary art events, workshops, and awards, because it all starts with a story.

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