“Can your child think independently without relying on template phrases from model essays? There is more to life than just passing the exams”
– Eugene Tay, Mubster Chief –

Monsters Under the Bed is where real creative writing takes place.

We train our students to find their inner voice and equip them with the techniques to articulate their thoughts through the written word. Forget about blindly copying off textbooks. That’s not how we do it here. Our students are immersed in a gamified learning environment where they get to broaden their perspective of life.

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The Monster’s Method

We have been ahead of the trend since 2006. This was way before the Education Minister started talking about the importance of knowledge over grades; way before creative thinking is valued over memory skills; way before society realised that we are churning out top graders who have little ability to think critically, and we have been cracking our heads for more than a decade to come up with a sure-win, short-cut method to thinking creatively and writing great stories.

We couldn’t come up with any.

However, we did come up with a very simple formula that guides how we train our students to be the best they can be. This may take some time (6 months to 2 years) to bear fruit, but once your child graduates from our course, they will be able to write independently and articulate their thoughts with conviction for the rest of their lives.

Step 1: Develop an Interest

Results are important, but what’s even more important is a sustained interest in acquiring knowledge. When children are motivated to learn, you won’t have to burst a blood vessel yelling: “Read!”

Very often the books that children enjoy reading and the stories that they are allowed to write are two differing topics. How can we expect our children to enjoy the process of learning if they feel that all the interesting knowledge they acquired is pointless? How do we tell our children that writing about dinosaurs will never amount to an ‘A’ or that all those hours spent pouring over Greek Mythology will never help them with the exams? And we wonder why our children become apathetic as they grow older.

Step 2: Refine the Ability to Imagine

Imagination is intangible and in a practical society like ours, that only means that such attributes are ranked lower on the priority list. Memorizing templates and filling in the blanks with bombastic words might get you quick results, but it isn’t doing anything to help your child exercise their creativity.

Remember a time when you thought the power of your child’s imagination was a cute thing? How all that quickly changed when they start attending school proper. In dire cases, kids stop thinking altogether and just wait to be told what to do. That won’t do for the Mubster child. Not on our watch! We have been trying to reverse the adverse effects of the get-results-quick method for the last decade.

Step 3: Master the Art of Writing

It’s easy to be envious of someone else’s achievements. The thing we hardly see is the amount of time and effort that went on behind the scenes for an individual to reach his goals. You hear people say that one should work smart, while we do agree with that adage, we can’t help but feel that there are still some things in life that cannot do without hard work; like mastering a new skill for instance.

Your child loves writing and has a powerful imagination. Only problem is…. Your child can’t express all those ideas down in words. The scrawling was endearing when they were in pre-school, but now you’re getting worried especially since PSLE isn’t all that far away. Learning the techniques of writing is relatively easy. Mastering the art, however, takes a lot of practice. Talent aside, the difference between a good writer and a mediocre one is the number of hours of practice that each had.

Programmes

StoryCraft is Monsters Under the Bed signature series. First developed by founder Eugene Tay in 2006, the programme has undergone constant upgrades and revisions by industry experts to make it the most relevant and effective creative writing programme in the market today.

StoryCraft was built on the principles that good writing is a skill that consists of 3 interrelated disciplines – mental models, personal mastery, and design thinking.

At MUTB, we hone their observational skills, develop creativity, and instill in them a sense of wonderment. We also equip them with techniques of writing that enable them to articulate their ideas with finesse. With enough practice, they will be able to see a situation in multiple perspectives and tell a narrative that is rich and insightful.

Each term (we call them ‘cycle’) is 6 months long. Most students go through at least two to three cycles before gaining enough proficiency to graduate to the next level.

Storycraft Elementary

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Your child looks at you and back at his blank piece of paper. He begins to write but stops after the second word. He looks back at you and whimpers, “I don’t know what to write”. Your child needs… StoryCraft Elementary.

StoryCraft Elementary will help your child scaffold a basic story structure and tell a tale with logical sequencing. Your child will begin to appreciate the books they read and be less reliant on templates.

Designed for:
Students struggling with fundamentals.

Recommended Age:
7 to 9

Class size:
Min 2, Max 8

Programme Duration:
SC Elementary Part 1: 12 Lessons (3 months) x 90 minutes
SC Elementary Part 2: 12 Lessons (3 months) x 90 minutes

Course Progression:
Student may opt to attend StoryCraft Elementary Part 2 if they require the focus on essay writing. Upon completion of StoryCraft Part 1, trainers may recommend student to be promoted to StoryCraft Novice.

Investment:
SC Elementary Part 1: SGD 238 / month
SC Elementary Part 2: SGD 350 / month

Payment terms:
Fees are paid in full (SGD 238 or SGD 350 x 3 months). No trial class available. Fee fully refunded if you decide to withdraw from the programme within the first two sessions. We accept payment by cash, cheque, credit card, and bank transfer.

Student’s Assessment:
We recommend that customers send us a copy of their child’s writing for pre-enrollment assessment. Trainers will provide a monthly student performance appraisal and an end of course detailed assessment.

Storycraft Novice

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Your child has got a sound writing foundation and has been performing well in school, but you find that your child’s writing has reached a plateau and she is rehashing old stories. The “A” piece 2 years ago is now a “D” piece at her level. She needs to improve. Your child needs… StoryCraft Novice.

StoryCraft Novice is where it all begins. This is the course where students start to see the world through different pair of lens. Besides imparting technical knowledge, students hone their observational, thinking and reading skills.

Designed for:

Students who have great ideas but have trouble articulating their thoughts into written word or students who are able to write independently but lacking imagination.

StoryCraft Novice is suitable for your child if these gripes sound familiar to you:

  1. “Don’t read enough.”
  2. “Lacking ideas.”
  3. “Don’t know how to start.”
  4. “Read a lot but writing is bad.”
  5. “Loves to write but anyhow write.”

Recommended Age:
8 to 10

Class size:
Min 2, Max 5

Programme Duration:
SC Novice Cycle 1: 24 Lessons (6 months) x 90 minutes
SC Novice Cycle 2: 24 Lessons (6 months) x 90 minutes
SC Novice Cycle 3: 24 Lessons (6 months) x 90 minutes

Course Progression:
Students are assessed at the end of each cycle. Top performing students may opt to attempt the next StoryCraft level instead of attending the next Novice cycle. Trainers will make necessary recommendation.

Investment:
SGD 350 x 6 months

Payment terms:
Fees are paid in full (SGD 350 x 6 months). There will be a SGD 15 Administrative Fee per month for customers who opt for Monthly Payment mode. No trial class available. Fee fully refunded if you decide to withdraw from the programme within the first two sessions. We accept payment by cash, cheque, credit card, and bank transfer.

Student’s Assessment:
We recommend that customers send us a copy of their child’s writing for pre-enrollment assessment. Trainers will provide a monthly student performance appraisal and an end of course detailed assessment.

Storycraft Apprentice

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Your child may be an avid reader or perhaps he’s just naturally imaginative, but somehow these wonderful ideas don’t quite translate into his writing. You want to give him the support to explore his talent. Your child needs…. StoryCraft Apprentice.

StoryCraft Apprentice digs below the story surface and explores concepts and themes that add dimensions to your story. A reluctant hero with a dark past faced with a dilemma or a serial killer with a soft spot for animals.

Designed for:

Students whose story lack depth.

Apprentice is suitable for your child if you find yourself saying these things:

  1. “The story is boring.”
  2. “The writing sounds childish.”
  3. “There’s no build up or suspense.”
  4. “How can we write this story differently?”
  5. “My child loves writing and I would like him to explore this area of interest.”

Recommended Age:
9 to 11

Class size:
Min 2, Max 5

Programme Duration:
SC Apprentice Cycle 1: 24 Lessons (6 months) x 90 minutes
SC Apprentice Cycle 2: 24 Lessons (6 months) x 90 minutes
SC Apprentice Cycle 3: 24 Lessons (6 months) x 90 minutes

Course Progression:
Students are assessed at the end of each cycle. Top performing students may opt to attempt the next StoryCraft level instead of attending the next Apprentice cycle. Trainers will make necessary recommendation.

Investment:
SGD 350 x 6 months

Payment terms:
Fees are paid in full (SGD 350 x 6 months). There will be a SGD 15 Administrative Fee per month for customers who opt for Monthly Payment mode. No trial class available. Fee fully refunded if you decide to withdraw from the programme within the first two sessions. We accept payment by cash, cheque, credit card, and bank transfer.

Student’s Assessment:
We recommend that customers send us a copy of their child’s writing for pre-enrollment assessment. Trainers will provide a monthly student performance appraisal and an end of course detailed assessment.

Storycraft Mastery

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Your child is a budding writer. His has no problems knocking out a few thousand words in a matter of hours. He tells you he would like to get published someday. Your child needs… StoryCraft Mastery.

At this level, students will deconstruct tiered texts and explore different modalities and genres of writing. This is where it gets fun! Students are encouraged to break the rules of writing and experiment with styles to develop their writer’s voice.

Designed for:

Students who are proficient at writing and looking to build a portfolio.

Mastery is suitable for your child if you find your child saying these things:

  1. “I’m interested in writing. Where can I go to improve my writing?”
  2. “I’m thinking of publishing someday. But I don’t think I’m good enough.”
  3. “I would like to explore my talent and see how far I can go with this.”

Special Features:
Students may opt for lessons to be conducted remotely over Skype

Recommended Age:
10 to 13

Class size:
Min 1, Max 3

Programme Duration:
Cycles of 12 lessons (3 months) x 105 minutes

Course Progression:
StoryCraft Mastery has no defined course duration. Students graduate upon completion of their portfolio. Top performing students will be given the opportunity to get their works published. Trainers will make necessary recommendation.

Investment:
SGD 480 x 3 months

Payment terms:
Fees are paid in full (SGD 480 x 3 months). There will be a SGD 15 Administrative Fee per month for customers who opt for Monthly Payment mode. No trial class available. Fee fully refunded if you decide to withdraw from the programme within the first two sessions. We accept payment by cash, cheque, credit card, and bank transfer.

Student’s Assessment:
We recommend that customers send us a copy of their child’s writing for pre-enrollment assessment. Trainers will provide a monthly student performance appraisal.

Contact Us

CONTACT INFO

Monsters @ Waterloo
261 Waterloo Street,
Waterloo Centre #02-19
Singapore 180261
Monsters @ Frankel
492 Changi Road
Singapore 419900
Telephone:
+65 6100 4363

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