Our past festivals and initiatives – the programmes below have either ceased or assimilated into newer programmes.

Asian Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference (ACWIC)

The Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference (ACWIC) was an event that celebrates children’s books, provides access to children’s literature with Asian content and promotes the writing and publication of Asian children’s books. This conference actively promoted and fostered the exchange of ideas on the global market. ACWIC presented great networking opportunities for established players and budding newcomers alike.
ACWIC is now known as Asian Festival of Children’s Content.

Asian Digital Storytelling Congress

Combining traditional storytelling techniques and multimedia tools, digital storytelling is increasingly being used in corporations and institutions. Contrary to popular belief, digital storytelling is not just the latest technical fad. It builds on the rich, ancient tradition of oral storytelling by combining the narrative story with a palette of technical tools (sound, visuals and voices).

Business Narrative

The rise of narrative methods has been recognised in Europe and the USA through a multitude of story-related conferences and event such as Golden Fleece International Organizational Storytelling Conference (Washington DC), Innovation Factory's Collaborative Innovation Summit based in storytelling, the Spoken Word conference, and The Copenhagen Golden Fleece Conference. Despite the rich tradition of storytelling in Asia Pacific countries, we are only just starting to develop our capabilities in organisational storytelling and narrative work.

Book Clubs

The Book Council organised numerous book clubs to create opportunities for writers, illustrators and publishers to meet and mingle with their readers and to introduce new works to the public. All Singapore-based authors, illustrators and publishers were welcomed to take up a book club slot. Book clubs from 2006 – 2014.

Read to Lead

This book club discussed the works of self-improvement authors, management gurus and successful entrepreneurs and managers. Meeting once every two months at the Jurong Regional Library, Read to Lead was co-organised by the Book Council and the National Library Board. It was a journey of knowledge, imagination, aspiration and discovery as we plumped the insights of motivational speakers and noted business leaders.


Another joint initiative by the Book Council and the National Library Board, this book club used to meet at the library@orchard and the discussions centered on Asian works. This book club has since stopped meeting with the closure of the library@orchard. Take a look at the books discussed during the past sessions.

Young Writers Club

With an aim to develop Singapore as a regional centre for writers, the Young Writers Club was set up by the Book Council for young writers between the ages of 12 to 25. The Young Writers Club acts as a platform to train and nurture young Singaporeans who have an interest and talent in writing by holding workshops conducted by established writers.
The club has been assimilated into All In! Young Writers Media Festival.

Publishers Writers Network

Publishers Writers Network was a gathering of professionals and amateurs in the writing and publishing world. Participants were updated on current and developing trends in the publishing field through sharing sessions with acclaimed authors, and talks given by representatives from publishing companies.

Talks & Forums
Awards, Competitions & Initiatives
First-Time Writers & Illustrators Publishing Initiative (FTWIPI)

The First-Time Writers & Illustrators Publishing Initiative wass an Initiative by the Media Development Authority (MDA) and the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) to nurture talents in the publishing industry. The Initiative was targeted at assisting the publication of new works by unpublished local writers and/or illustrators.

Articles on FTWIPI's recipients:

Storytelling Competitions

The competitions are still ongoing as part of the annual Singapore International Storytelling Festival.


eWordNews is no longer available. It is now published as Book Council Bulletin as a newsletter.