SWF Programmes for Primary/Secondary Schools

Inspire a love for stories with these author talks presented by the Singapore Writers Festival. Uncover how drawing, facts on science and space and seemingly unrelated subjects could encourage your students to start writing too.

Click bit.ly/swf19schoolbookings to book a slot for your school. Bookings will close on 13 Sep.

Priority will be giving to bookings with more than 400 students.

If you have any questions, please email the team at nac_wgr@nac.gov.sg.

These programmes are eligible for subsidies from the Tote Board Arts Grant.

Chris Riddell: The Draw of Stories

TALK | 4 Nov, Mon | Duration: 45 min | Price: $200 nett

How can your students develop narratives from their daily doodles? Award-winning illustrator and author Chris Riddell who will show how your students can build stories from sketchy ideas through live drawings in this interactive session.

Suitable for ages 7 to 12.


About Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell is an accomplished artist and the author of the bestselling Ottoline as well as Goth Girl series. He has won a number of major prizes, including an unprecedented 3 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Chris was honoured with an OBE for services to illustration and charity in 2018.

Jack Cheng: Space, Science and Stories

TALK | 8 Nov, Fri | Duration: 45 min | Price: $200 nett

Find out what happens when Alex, the main character in the novel See You in the Cosmos, goes on a road trip to launch his golden iPod into space from the book’s author Jack Cheng. Like the novel’s characters who are simply finding their way in the universe, Cheng will also speak about how his journey to becoming a writer. Your students will also learn how they too could weave space and science facts into stories of their own.

Suitable for ages 9 to 12.


About the author

Jack Cheng is a Shanghai-born, Detroit-based author of the Golden Kite award-winning novel See You in the Cosmos. He has visited schools around the world speaking with students about finding their paths as writers and artists.

Nicola Yoon: Everything, Everything

TALK | 8 Nov, Fri | Duration: 45 min | Price: $300 nett

Who makes an author? In this talk, bestselling author Nicola Yoon, who majored in electrical engineer and worked in finance, speaks about how her experiences shaped her creative writing. Your students will also learn more about her writing process and the importance of representing different voices in literature.

Suitable for ages 13 and up.


About the author

Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything, and The Sun Is Also a Star, a National Book Award finalist. Both novels are now major motion pictures. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her family.