Calendar: Upcoming Events

The Book Council organises festivals, workshops and events related to writing, publishing, storytelling, reading and many more. To stay updated, join us on our various platforms. The Singapore Book Council Academy, our training arm, has a comprehensive website for the workshops.

The calendar also lists local literary events that are not organised by us. Know of an event that should be listed here? Let us know!

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16
Aug
by SBC

16 July – 9 September 2018


Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, Reading Room National Library Building Level 9

Celebrating Our Writers: The Journey of the Singapore Literature Prize

Discover  the  history  of  the  Singapore  Literature  Prize.  From  its  inaugural  edition  in  1992,  the  Singapore  Literature  Prize  has  been  awarded  to  over  60  writers  across  three  genres  – poetry,  fiction,  creative  nonfiction – in  four  languages: English,  Chinese,  Malay  and  Tamil.  The  prize  has  also  launched  the  careers  of  many  writers  in  its  26-year  history.  Come  and  celebrate  Singapore’s  literary  legacy  through  the  writers  and  their  works  in  this  exhibition  on  the  history  of  Singapore’s  most  prestigious  literary  prize.

Training by SBC Academy

18 August 2018

Sat
9:30am – 5:30pm

From Pitch to Publication Masterclass

Literary agents will help to demystify the publication process and give the authors of completed manuscripts invaluable tips on how best to present and pitch their work to publishers.

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Training by SBC Academy

25 August 2018

Sat
9:30am – 12:30pm

Improvising Stories - Stories with Structure!

Learn techniques in playing games and telling the stories orally, to trigger your imagination and memories which you will then use to create stories

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by SBC

25 August 2018

Sat
10:00am – 12:00pm
Writers Lounge, Singapore Book Council

This session will be on Picture Book Publishing by Mr Edmund Wee from Epigram Books. 
Do come to the Writers Lounge, Book Council premises on 25 Aug 2018 from 10 am to 12 pm.

by SBC

25 August 2018

Sat
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Multipurpose Room, B1, National Library Building

Memories of Kwan Shan Mei

Speakers: Lee Yeow Heng, Edwin Ng, Lim Geok Leng, Wendy Toh 
Moderator: Oscar Ng Hwee Leng 


Kwan Shan Mei lived and worked in Singapore from 1963 to 1999, creating many classics such as the Moongate series, the Adventures of Mooty the Mouseand Animal Frolics. But her readers did not know much about her as she was a very private person. Join us for an intimate afternoon of sharing by friends and ex-colleagues as they reminisce about the consummate illustrator.

This session is presented in conjunction with the Kwan Shan Mei: Drawing From The Heart exhibition, as part of the 9th edition of the Asian Festival of Children's Content.

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by SBC

25 August 2018

Sat
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Multipurpose Room, B1, Central Public Library

Children Magazines and Stories in Singapore
Speakers: Edgar Liao, Li Zhiping

Kwan Shan Mei was a pioneer in illustrating children stories in books, magazines and textbooks in Singapore. However, she did not work in a vacuum. From the 1950s to the 1980s, the publications for children and youth were very varied - from the UK weeklies of Beano, Dandy and Look and Learn to the Chinese periodicals such as World Children and Children's Paradise and the youth magazines like The Young Malayans and Youth Monthly, these reading materials aimed to shape the hearts and minds of the young of a new nation. This panel will explore the rich reading culture of that period.

This session is presented in conjunction with the Kwan Shan Mei: Drawing From The Heart exhibition, as part of the 9th edition of the Asian Festival of Children's Content.

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by SBC

1 September 2018

Sat
10:00am – 12:30pm
Writers Lounge, Singapore Book Council

This session will be on Comics Book Publishing by Ms Lim Li Kok from Asiapac Book.
Do come to the Writers Lounge, Book Council premises on 1 Sep 2018 from 10 am to 12 pm.

Festivals by SBC

6 – 8 September 2018


Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2018

Country of Focus: Singapore

Do you write or illustrate stories for children? Are you looking for the hottest new trend in YA novels? Are you looking for the latest tips and techniques in early literacy? If so, the AFCC in Singapore is the place to be! You can explore the Asian market with publishing and media professionals, network with distinguished authors and illustrators, learn important information on early literacy from childhood experts, and find the latest books and content from Asia and beyond.

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Training by SBC Academy

15 September 2018

Sat
9:30am – 5:30pm

Show, Don’t Tell  -Know how to let your writing flourish

The workshop will consider the use of exposition and descriptive writing as well as how to reveal character, plot and theme in a manner that evokes feeling and keeps the reader engaged!.

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Training by SBC Academy

17 – 18 September 2018

Mon
9:30am – 5:30pm

Masterclass on Advanced Copy-editing and Proofreading for Fiction and Non-fiction

In this two-day workshop, participants will work at an advanced level with a variety of text types, and hone their techniques for ensuring that each element of the text is the shape it should be

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Training by SBC Academy

6 October 2018

Sat
9:30am – 12:30pm

Storytelling to Develop Emotional Intelligence

Develop emotional intelligence through the magical world of storytelling and learn how to choose and craft stories to help children understand different types of emotions.

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