On February 25, 2011, Peony Literary Agency held a successful interactive creative writing workshop in Singapore, The Story and The Pitch, supported by the National Arts Council. The first of many, this interactive workshop provided aspiring writers with all the knowledge essential to initiate them in the international publishing industry and to launch themselves as professional authors. The event was held in the Living Room at The Arts House, which used to be the old Parliament building in Singapore.

The speakers of this event are Marysia Juszczakiewicz and Fran Lebowitz. Marysia Juszczakiewicz is the founder of Peony Literary Agency and has extensive experience of publishing in both the UK and Asia. Fran Lebowitz with over twelve years of experience as a highly successful literary agent in the US publishing industry specialising in pop culture and fiction, now runs a Singapore agency that specialises in editorial services for writers and screenwriters.

The workshop dealt with a wide range of topics, including: Why do you write? The Idea, the Characters, the Plot, Discussion with relevant information on the publishing industry, The Importance of an Agent, How to Present and Market Yourself as a Writer, and Pitching your work, Creative Writing Exercises and Points to Remember.

The participants of this event came from different backgrounds, each with unique stories to share and eager to learn more about the publishing industry for creative writing, which made the workshop both extremely lively and highly informative.

Due to the success of the first workshop, Peony Literary Agency is in preparation to organise a more extensive workshop at the beginning of August to which we will be inviting publishers from the UK to speak and the aim will be that participants will get a good overview of the publishing industry and inside tips on how it works.