Creative Writing

The Craft of Writing Stories in Sinhala

Do You Write?

If you do, this is for you.
If you don’t, no one can turn you into a writer!
The point is, you need to write!

Once you decide you are a writer or want to become one, we can help and the never ending journey towards mastery can begin.

Over a period of twelve weeks, we will take a journey exploring the craft, the tools, the techniques and ideas via your own writing.
From time to time we will call upon masters via their’s masterpieces for inspiration, guidance and method. 

To do all that, you need to write, present and share your work, and be ready to shred and rewrite and of course have a bit of a thick skin to receive personalised feedback!

We provide guidance!

You will be guided and trained by one of the best writers in contemporary Sri Lankan literature.
The guidance and training will be based on an ongoing loop of assignments, assessment followed by feedback and guidance.

Teaching, introduction of new concepts, tools and techniques will happen within the loop mentioned above.

All in all, to make most of this programme, or any other programme offered by Shilpa School you need to practise your craft!

The Trainer

Genre defining, award winning, master wordsmith  K K Saman Kumara is your main trainer!
He, according to some, is controversial.
And he is never reluctant to express himself or call a spade a spade!

The fifty or so books published to-date, authored by Saman includes four novels, four short story collections, a collection of poetry,  four children’s book, five books for teens, twenty translations, four critique books and so on..

He is one of the pioneers of the genre of magical realism in Sinhala language. His very first collection in 1984 marked his arrival and stamped his presence and after four decades he is still researching, exercising, experimenting and outputting literary work.

Training Program Overview

To instil a set of writing skill in participants via specific writing exercises, feedback and discussions to make them better writers in their won chosen genre and styles

16 yrs and above.

If the participant is below 18 yrs, parental consent is required. 

None, other than the ability to read, write and the desire to be better writers.

Registration will be closed two weeks prior to the commencement of the training program.

Please read the sections titled ‘preparation and submission of initial assignment’ to find out how to prepare for the first session once you register for the training programme.

Two weeks prior to the commencement the trainer will send out a set of instructions to all the registered participants.

The participants are required to submit their writings as per provided instructions before the submission deadline, which is one weeks prior to the commence of the training program

  • Separating Form and Content 
  • Basic Form
    – Writing good sentences
    – Combining good sentences into good paragraphs
    – Combining good paragraphs into good chapters or short stories
    – Avoiding redundancy

  • Advanced Form (Structure of Narrative)
    – Opening
    – Middle
    – Culmination
    – Flow

  • Advanced Form (Rhetoric)
    – Rhetoric vs Redundancy 
    – Effective usage of Rhetoric

  • Embedding Content 

  • Embedding specifics within the common knowledge

  • Writing for effect and evoking emotions
  • Editing (Self Editing)

  • Proofreading 

  • Value of Professional Editing