FAQ for Teachers
- When is WGR happening?
- Who will be featured in this edition?
- What kinds of programmes are available?
- How will I know if the programmes are suitable for my students?
- What is the maximum and minimum audience size for these programmes?
- How much do the programmes cost?
- How do I make payment?
- How should I make a booking?
- When can I make a booking?
- What happens if I want to book a programme but the speaker’s schedule is already full?
- Can I cancel/change a booking after it has been confirmed?
- How should I prepare my students for the programme?
- What equipment must I provide?
- Must I be present at the session?
- Will there be book sales and signing? How will they be managed?
When is WGR happening?
25 February to 9 March 2019
Who will be featured in this edition?
You may find out more about the featured speakers here.
What kinds of programmes are available?
Storytelling events, talks and workshops in the four official languages – English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil – are available for students from Pre-Primary to Tertiary levels, as well as for teachers.
These sessions will either be school visits, where the speakers conduct programmes at your school itself, or pre-scheduled events.
For school visits, please let us know your preferred time. We will do our best to accommodate your request.
For pre-scheduled programmes such as learning journeys, panel discussions and teachers’ workshops, details of the exact date, time and venue will be included in the individual programme write-ups.
How will I know if the programmes are suitable for my students?
Each session lists the recommended level/age (e.g. P1 – P3, ages 7 – 9).
What is the maximum and minimum audience size for these programmes?
Unless otherwise stated in the programme write-up, the recommended audience size for talks is 50 – 400 students.
Unless otherwise stated in the programme write-up, the maximum audience size for workshops is 30 and the recommended minimum is 10.
Priority will be given to bookings that meet the minimum requirements.
How much do the programmes cost?
Prices of individual programmes are indicated in the write-up, and also summarised in the following table:
Type of Programme
Who is it for?
Storytelling (up to 1 hr)
Talk (up to 1 hr)
Workshop (up to 1 hr)
Workshop (2 hrs)
Pre-scheduled events for students
Workshop (3 hrs)
$10 per student; capped at $200 for groups with more than 20 students
$50 per teacher
You will enjoy 20% discount off the total fees payable if you book three or more programmes in two or more languages.
Most programmes are eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant subsidy. For more information, please visit http://aep.nac.gov.sg
How do I make payment?
For school programme bookings, you will be invoiced after WGR ends on 9 March.
Government schools will be e-invoiced and may make payment electronically.
All other schools will receive a hard copy invoice. Payment via bank transfer is encouraged.
With the exception of some pre-scheduled events, cash payment will not be accepted.
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How should I make a booking?
Step 1 – Visit www.singaporewritersfestival.com/wgr to choose a speaker and programme from 2 January 2019.
Step 2 – Choose a date and time that suits your class schedule AND fits within the available dates of the speaker.
Step 3 – Submit your booking.
Step 4 – A WGR representative will be in touch to confirm the booking within 5 working days.
When can I make a booking?
The booking period is from 2 January 2019 till 8 February 2019. As bookings are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, schools are encouraged to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
What happens if I want to book a programme but the speaker’s schedule is already full?
You will be put on a waiting list and a WGR representative will be in touch if a slot becomes available at a later date.
Can I cancel/change a booking after it has been confirmed?
Yes. Please inform the WGR representative if you need to change or cancel your booking. Do note that changes in date and time are subject to author availability.
Once a booking is confirmed:
- 50% of the event fee will be charged for any activity cancelled after 8 February 2019.
- The full event fee will be charged for any activity cancelled after 25 February 2019.
How should I prepare my students for the programme?
You are encouraged to read some of the authors works out loud to your students and/or encourage them to find out more about the speakers on their own.
This would help your students to engage with the speaker on a more meaningful level and maximise their learning experience.
What equipment must I provide?
Please prepare a standard set-up of the following items:
- Table and chair
- Projector and screen
- Laptop with internet access
- Wireless clicker
Note: The Singapore Writers Festival reserves the right to cancel a session if students behave very badly during the session, or physically or verbally abuse the speaker. We urge all schools and students to play an active role in ensuring that all participants in the programme are treated with respect at all times.
Must I be present at the session?
Yes. Please let the WGR representative know in advance if you cannot be present and appoint a fellow teacher to take your place and provide his or her contact information.
Will there be book sales and signing? How will they be managed?
Once your booking has been confirmed, a WGR Representative will link you up with Closetful of Books, our official bookseller, to discuss book sales.
You may pre-order the books before the event day. Closetful of Books will accept cash, cheques and bank transfers for individual orders. You may also order books for your school’s library. Closetful of Books will extend a 10% off the retail price on these orders and issue an e-invoice.
You may also request for on-site book sales and signings. Arrangements will be made at the discretion of the bookseller. Please set aside at least 30 minutes for this after the session.
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