Sharon Bakar was born in the UK but has lived and worked in Nigeria and, for the past 36 years, in Malaysia. She wears several different hats including teacher-trainer, freelance writer, editor, creative writing teacher, literary blogger, and most recently, independent publisher.
She organizes Readings, a monthly event for local writers, at Seksan Gallery in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, and is the editor (with Bernice Chauly) and publisher of three anthologies of writing by those who have read at the event.
She is also co-editor with author Dipika Mukherjee of three collections of writing emerging from the D.K. Dutt Award for Literary Excellence.
Her writing has appeared in a number of publications including Off the Edge, Quill, The Star and Men’s Review.
She has acted as freelance editor and book doctor to a number of published fiction writers.
Readings @ Seksan is an event where budding and established writers alike gather to read their work aloud before an audience of book lovers.
Have you always wanted to write, but not known where and how to get started? Or are you someone who has begun to write but still lacks confidence and perpetually scrambles for ideas for what to write about? If the answer to either question is ‘yes’ – then this course is for you.
Over the course of ten weeks I will show you various ways to unlock your creativity, and at the same time diminish the critical voice in your head. I promise that you will surprise yourself with what appears on the page; and if you are writing already, you will produce some of your freshest writing on this course.
Just who are you really?
This is a 20-hour second-level creative writing course which builds on the introductory Finding the Flow. The focus this time is on personal writing - about your life experiences, your family and influences, and the things that make you uniquely you. The emphasis is on writing honestly.
This twenty-hour course is open to those who have completed my Getting Started course and focuses on generating material that can be used to create publishable short fiction.
One of the most common questions that authors of short fiction and novels get asked is “Where do you get your ideas from?”, but the truth is that successful writers do not wait for inspiration to strike. The starting points for stories can be found absolutely everywhere, and this course will help you to tune in to find them for yourself.
Each week we will use a series of focused writing tasks in class to get the creative juices flowing. These are intended to be both challenging and fun. Participants will be encouraged to work on their fiction over the course of the week, and bring their writing to share with the class.
By the end of the course, the participants will have drafts of a number of short stories, which will be discussed in an online forum.
Reading the Short Story is 20 hour course aimed primarily at those who have been writing for some time, but wish to increase their understanding of writing craft so that they can shape and edit their own material more effectively. However, it is also designed to appeal to non-writers who would enjoy discussing their reading at a deeper level.
Each week we will consider in detail two classic stories which share a similarity of theme or structure. We will analyze how the stories work and consider their effectiveness, and in particular what draws you into the world of the story, and keeps you turning the pages. We will also look at such technical issues as plot, character, setting, voice, point of view, and the handling of time and transitions. You will also be encouraged to read more widely. The stories we explore will inspire your own writing which we will workshop during the course.
Other workshops on aspects of writing craft are held from time to time and open to those who have completed at least one of these courses, and you will be kept informed of them via our closed Facebook Group.
If you are an organization, or even a group of friends who would like to have a course tailor-made, please contact me so we can discuss your requirements.
Please note: At present, due to the pandemic, all teaching will be online using Google Classroom and Zoom. I can also organise classes, workshops and writing retreats in my home in Nilai following all SOPs.
Books published under the WordWorks imprint
Whether for creative writing classes, editing for your manuscripts or stories, or publishingContact me so we can further discuss you needs.