The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) Writers and Illustrators retreat presents a rare chance for children’s content writers and illustrators to have their work read and critiqued by established publishing professionals. The second run of the retreat has in store for you one-on-one consultations, short workshops/activities and a chance to polish your work at AFCC’s pitching clinic! 

We are grateful to Angsana Bintan Hotels and Resorts’ (Indonesia) for their support. 

Submission Deadline

The Retreat is open to local and overseas children’s content creators writing, illustrating or creating content with an Asian focus. Only twenty six slots are available! A slot in the retreat will be given according to the merit of the work submitted. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 19 March 2017 (from 5 March 2017).

Applicants have to be aged 18 and above and are required to submit a story/illustrations, according to the submission guidelines in the link below. 

Come learn from the professionals! 

For enquiries about the retreat, please email [email protected].

Guidelines Retreat Programme


Retreat Facilitators

Holly Thompson (Japan)
Author and Teacher

Holly Thompson writes fiction and poetry for children, teens and adults and is the author of the verse novels Falling into the Dragon’s MouthThe Language Inside; and Orchards and the forthcoming lyrical picture book Twilight Chant. Longtime resident of Japan, she teaches writing in Japan, the U.S., and places in between, and serves as Co-Regional Advisor of SCBWI Japan. 

Amy Ng (Malaysia)
Editor, Illustrator, Writer, Pikaland Media

Amy Ng is a teacher, writer and a self-taught illustrator based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her blog, Pikaland, is a popular stop for illustration lovers, students and artists trying to find a balance between art, creativity and commerce. Ng is also an adjunct lecturer at The One Academy of Communication Design and has created online workshops for artists around the world, teaching them how to use their unique strengths to create their own opportunities. Her clients include Communication Arts, Marie Claire magazine, Maxis, Tesco Malaysia and Zeno Malaysia, among others.

Sarah Odedina (UK)
Editor-at-Large for Pushkin Press, Founder of The Read Quarterly, Editor-in-Chief of SCOOP

Sarah began her publishing career selling translation rights and moved in to editorial as the Publishing Director of the children’s list of Bloomsbury Publishing where she worked for 14 years and oversaw the publication of the Harry Potter series as well as publisher for many other best-selling prize-winning novels and picture books. In 2011 Sarah founded the successful and award-winning Hot Key Books. Sarah is now Editor-at-Large for Pushkin Press commissioning titles for the children's and YA list. She is the founder of The Read Quarterly, a magazine for adults about children’s literature from around the world as well as Editor-in-Chief of SCOOP, a magazine for children. Sarah is also the curator of the children's program of FlipSide Literary Festival in Suffolk, England.