Conducted by Lim Soon Heng

20 Oct | 10.30am-1.30pm | Ballroom, Amari Johor Bahru

RM100 (max 12 participants)

More often than not, students think that good writing is about providing the 'correct' answer. The truth is that with writing, evaluators and readers are keener on learning about the way an answer is constructed, put together; about discovering who you, the writer, are, and the space the writer inhabits. 

Learn to write using your own verbal bricks and mortar, mixing your own cement – so as to reveal the kind of home you're inviting your reader into. 


Lim Soon Heng has two MAs in English from Brigham Young University and Duke University respectively, both in the United States of America, where he taught as a graduate fellow. He also taught English and literature at two state-funded charter high schools for academically gifted students--the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics and the Illinois Math & Science Academy.

He returned to Malaysia to head the English department of a local college which twinned with universities in the USA. After leaving teaching, he wrote a column for a national English language newspaper from 1998 - 2007, reviewed books for TimeOutKL and other magazines. From 1997 - 2001, he ran the Kuala Lumpur office of a regional publishing house. 

He now produces radio programs on the visual and performing arts.


Conducted by Farel Omar

21 Oct | 2.00pm-4.00pm | Big Bites Cafe


Language: English and Bahasa Malaysia 
Participants of all ages welcome 

A zine can be described as self-published work that is circulated within small communities. It can also be defined as a form of isolated writing by individuals or certain groups of people, but ultimately is a tool with endless possibilities and opportunities for ideas to flourish.

This workshop will explore the joy of zine making, and will introduce different types of zines that people can create to promote hobbies, interests, passions and even businesses. Farel will also demonstrate various techniques of zine making and ways of distributing them to the public at large.  


Farel Omar, 30, lives in Gelang Patah. He is the founder of the Art Collective "De'Press Art." The collective has published over 50 titles of zines and 3 books. Art of the publications have been sold around Malaysia, as well as in Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei.  Farel has previously presented talks in poetry workshops and events around KL and JB.


Conducted by Gina Yap Lai Yoong 
21 Oct, 4.00pm-6.00pm, Big Bites Cafe

RM100 (Includes a copy of ‘A Writer’s Journey’ worth RM 25.00) 
Language: English and/or Bahasa Malaysia 
Suitable for Young Adults/Aspiring and Emerging Writers 

You’ve been thinking about writing. It could be a novel, a compilation of short stories, a collection of poems, a book or a screenplay – you have stories to tell and you’ve been itching to write. But how/where do you begin? How do you write your stories well? 

In this session, you’ll discover: 

• What makes a good memorable story 
• What makes a great writer 
• Understanding your writer-self 
• The different types of writing processes 
• Practical ways to tackle writing challenges 
• What it takes to write a book 

All these and more as Gina shares her writing journey with you! 



Gina Yap Lai Yoong is an author of five published Malay novels – Eksperimen Cinta, Ngeri, Mangsa, Serangkai Hidup, and Obsesi – all of are available in major bookstores in Malaysia and Google Play Store. Her bestsellers – Ngeri and Mangsa – have gone through multiple re-prints since their releases. Her 6th book entitled A Writer’s Journey was published in 2016. 


Conducted by Wikimedia Community User Group Malaysia

22 Oct, 2.00pm-5.00pm, Big Bites Café
RM 20 (Maximum 30 participants)

Participants are required to bring their own laptops/tablets
Language: English 
Suitable for Upper Secondary School/University Students and Young Adults

Wikipedia Malaysia Edit-a-thon is an event that will bring together writers, photographers, editors or anyone who wishes to contribute free knowledge to the world. It is a program to learn, edit and contribute to Wikipedia and its affiliated groups on articles. This workshop will focus on topics related to Malaysia, especially Johor and its related (not limited to) articles on arts and culture. 



Dody Ismoyo is an active Wikipedia user based in Malaysia. He started writing/editing for Wikipedia in 2009. Since then, he has created more than 1,600 articles and made more than 55,000 edits in Wikipedia on various topics, including technical fields, companies, tourist places, events, geography, politics, education, and more. Since 2015, he has organised Wikipedia meet-ups in Singapore and Malaysia. He was accepted to attend and represent the Wikipedia Malaysia User Group at the Wikimedia Conference in Germany in March 2017.

Daniel Chong is a senior lecturer at The One Academy Of Communication Design (Sunway), specializing in media and cultural studies. He graduated with a bachelors in art history in 2001, and wrote a master's thesis on Wikipedia in Malaysia in 2015.


Conducted by British director of photography and camera operator, Howard J. Smith

23-25 Oct, 5.00pm-7.00pm

RM20 per workshop, RM60 for all three workshops
Big Bites Café, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee 

Language: English 


Learn the tricks of the trade from critically-acclaimed British director of photography and camera operator, Howard J. Smith, who is known for his camera work on The Matrix series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and many more. 

23 Oct, 5.00pm-7.00pm, RM20

Film Workshop 1: The Chatty Camera
Cinematic language is broken down into shot sizes, dynamic angles and inventive camera movements. Attendees will participate as a scene is "covered" for the best possible edit. 
Camera topics covered include framing, movement, shooting for the edit, on-board pro tips etc.


24 Oct, 5.00pm-7.00pm, RM20
Film Workshop 2: Light Fight
Shadows and hotspots are centre stage as a traditional three-point lighting set-up evolves into a variety of dramatic visual styles. 
Lighting topics covered include shadows, key lights, on-board pro tips etc.

25 Oct, 5.00pm-7.00pm, RM20
Film Workshop 3: Tools of the Trade
Adaptations, inventions and simple modifications are crucial to effective camera work. This workshop highlights the tools and imagination necessary to capture the "perfect" shot.


Howard J Smith grew up in Manchester, UK. His father was a Director of Photography and his mother a set designer for the BBC. He first started making short animation films together with his father when he was 4, and began joining his father on shoots from that age as well.

He worked with his father on the award winning Fred Dybnah Steeplejack TV series (On 16mm). By the age of 21 he had moved up to focus pulling on 35mm commercials and began operating Steadicam and remote and geared heads, choosing to specialize in those fields. He became a full time camera/Steadicam operator in 1993 and started lighting in 1996.

From 1996 onward Howard spent most of his time working on major films as camera operator and Steadicam operator, once more learning the art of the Director of Photography (DP) and then shooting commercials in the down time. In 2000 he set up MK-V; a company to make my new designs of a “Steadicam” type stabilizer system. In 2004, he launched my new design and flagship system: the MK-V AR.

He continued working on major films, like Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions and the Harry Potter films, and DP-ing many commercials, shorts, and features. He also has a strong knowledge of VFX and worked as the VFX supervisor on numerous projects.





Conducted by Kumpulan Panggung Punggok  
27-28 Oct, 11.00am-6.00pm, Big Bites Cafe
RM 50.00 (Maximum 20 participants) 
Language: English and Bahasa Malaysia 
Participants of all ages are welcome 

Guerrilla Filmmaking is DIY filmmaking with low budgets, solo or skeleton crews, and simple props using whatever is available on location. Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of filmmaking and take part in the production of a short film within small groups. The short films will be screened and discussed at the end of the workshop.


Tok Rimau made a film entitled Kiri using a handycam in 2007. Kiri won people's choice and honourable mention award at BMW Shorties 2007. He has also made few other short films using the guerrilla filmmaking style and posted them on Youtube at his own leisure. 

Hanif Saleh (Hanep) is a local film activist. He actively organises bimonthly Panggung Punggok film screenings at Embrace Studio, Tampoi. To date, Panggung Punggok has screened and discussed a few feature films and hundreds of short films. Hanep himself has directed four short films.

Bang Bang Production shoots corporate events and weddings. Their resume includes corporate gigs for Gua Damai International Basejump, Harta Bina UTM, and FINAS. They occasionally take on non-profit gig as well to assist their friends in producing short films.