The Writers & Illustrators Conference gathers writers and illustrators to come together with publishing industry professionals to share, network, and celebrate children’s content from Asia and around the world.

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6 Sep 2018 (Thu)

9:00am – 10:30am
L16, The Pod

AFCC Launch & Keynote

Colin Goh, Myra Garces-Bacsal, Lucia Obi

Keynote Address 1 by Dr Myra Garces-Bacsal: 
Reading for Emotional Engagement and Imagine-Nation

Keynote Address 2 by Colin Goh:
Dim Sum Warriors: The Challenge of Asserting Heritage and Countering Stereotypes

Keynote Address 3 by Lucia Obi: 
Imagining Asia from Afar: Asia in the Mirror of European Children's Literature

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Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 09:00AM 09/06/2018 10:30AM Asia/Singapore AFCC Launch & Keynote

Keynote Address 1 by Dr Myra Garces-Bacsal: 
Reading for Emotional Engagement and Imagine-Nation

Keynote Address 2 by Colin Goh:
Dim Sum Warriors: The Challenge of Asserting Heritage and Countering Stereotypes

Keynote Address 3 by Lucia Obi: 
Imagining Asia from Afar: Asia in the Mirror of European Children's Literature

Details

L16, The Pod
10:45am – 11:45am
B1, Programme Zone

Pathways to Publication: From Primer to Pro, and the Methods to our Madness

Kristi Wientge, Don Bosco, Cynthea Liu
Moderator: Mindy Pang

Selecting a publishing path can be a bewildering experience, even for the most experienced author. Fret not, for Don, Cynthea and Kristi have the insider information you need, from obscure facts to the plain insane, for you to make best publishing choices for your masterpiece!

Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 10:45AM 09/06/2018 11:45AM Asia/Singapore Pathways to Publication: From Primer to Pro, and the Methods to our Madness

Selecting a publishing path can be a bewildering experience, even for the most experienced author. Fret not, for Don, Cynthea and Kristi have the insider information you need, from obscure facts to the plain insane, for you to make best publishing choices for your masterpiece!

B1, Programme Zone
B1, Multi-Purpose Room

The Perfect Pitch

Pamela Rushby
Moderator: Andrea Pasion-Flores

This hands-on session teaches you how to pitch your book to a publisher, agent or editor. Succintly, effectively - and yes, even in an elevator! 

Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 10:45AM 09/06/2018 11:45AM Asia/Singapore The Perfect Pitch

This hands-on session teaches you how to pitch your book to a publisher, agent or editor. Succintly, effectively - and yes, even in an elevator! 

B1, Multi-Purpose Room
11:00am – 1:00pm
L1, Visitors Briefing Room

Portfolio Review (Illustrators)

The Portfolio Review session provides an opportunity for conference delegates to book a one-on-one consultation session with renowned illustrators and artists from Asia and around the world. 

Submission Details

Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 11:00AM 09/06/2018 01:00PM Asia/Singapore Portfolio Review (Illustrators)

The Portfolio Review session provides an opportunity for conference delegates to book a one-on-one consultation session with renowned illustrators and artists from Asia and around the world. 

Submission Details

L1, Visitors Briefing Room
12:00pm - 1:00pm
L5, Possibility Room

From Pitch to Book Launch: The Missing Barbegazi – Author and Editor Perspectives

Helle Norup, Sarah Odedina

Helle Norup's debut novel The Missing Barbegazi is a delicate tale weaving in themes of family, compassion and hope. From its speed pitch at AFCC 2016 to a full launch this year, join Sarah and Helle as they take you through the book's whirlwind editing process.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 12:00PM 09/06/2018 01:00PM Asia/Singapore From Pitch to Book Launch: The Missing Barbegazi – Author and Editor Perspectives

Helle Norup's debut novel The Missing Barbegazi is a delicate tale weaving in themes of family, compassion and hope. From its speed pitch at AFCC 2016 to a full launch this year, join Sarah and Helle as they take you through the book's whirlwind editing process.

L5, Possibility Room
B1, Multi-Purpose Room

The Do’s and Dont’s of Author Talks: Tips for Teachers and Authors

Sarah Mounsey, Felicia Low-Jimenez

Author visits make learning literature more dynamic as the writing process becomes accessible and real to students. This session highlights the value of such visits to teachers and school management, and introduces certain procedures when engaging authors. Authors also will takeaway strategies to make their school visits fruitful including the finer aspects of classroom management.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 12:00PM 09/06/2018 01:00PM Asia/Singapore The Do’s and Dont’s of Author Talks: Tips for Teachers and Authors

Author visits make learning literature more dynamic as the writing process becomes accessible and real to students. This session highlights the value of such visits to teachers and school management, and introduces certain procedures when engaging authors. Authors also will takeaway strategies to make their school visits fruitful including the finer aspects of classroom management.

B1, Multi-Purpose Room
2:00pm - 3:00pm
L5, Possibility Room

Providing Opportunities & Exposure to New Emerging Authors & Illustrators of Children’s Picture Books

Peter Creamer

Peter Creamer is one of the joint partners of Little Pink Dog Books, an established publisher in the children's picture book world. Hear it from his perspective, as he shares more on scouting emerging authors and illustrators, as well as what it takes for them to gain exposure in a highly competitive circuit.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 02:00PM 09/06/2018 03:00PM Asia/Singapore Providing Opportunities & Exposure to New Emerging Authors & Illustrators of Children’s Picture Books

Peter Creamer is one of the joint partners of Little Pink Dog Books, an established publisher in the children's picture book world. Hear it from his perspective, as he shares more on scouting emerging authors and illustrators, as well as what it takes for them to gain exposure in a highly competitive circuit.

L5, Possibility Room
2:00pm – 5:00pm
B1, Multi-Purpose Room Masterclass

Illustrating Through A Child’s Eyes

Yusof Gajah

Illustration is not always a matter of natural talent, rather it is a craft honed through experience. Veteran children's book illustrator Yusof Gajah will share tips and techniques and walk you through the journey from idea to drawing board. Participants will also be able to learn more about the basics of creating eye-catching and memorable illustrations in this masterclass.   

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Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 02:00PM 09/06/2018 05:00PM Asia/Singapore Illustrating Through A Child’s Eyes

Illustration is not always a matter of natural talent, rather it is a craft honed through experience. Veteran children's book illustrator Yusof Gajah will share tips and techniques and walk you through the journey from idea to drawing board. Participants will also be able to learn more about the basics of creating eye-catching and memorable illustrations in this masterclass.   

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B1, Multi-Purpose Room
3:30pm – 5:30pm
L16, The Pod

Speed Pitching (Writing)

Sarah Odedina, Cynthea Liu, Peter Creamer

Ever wanted to have 5-10 minutes to pitch your children’s books ideas to literary agents and publishing representatives from around the region? 

Submission Details

Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 03:30PM 09/06/2018 05:30PM Asia/Singapore Speed Pitching (Writing)

Ever wanted to have 5-10 minutes to pitch your children’s books ideas to literary agents and publishing representatives from around the region? 

Submission Details

L16, The Pod
4:30pm - 5:30pm
L5, Possibility Room

Windows Into Worlds

Frané Lessac

As authors strive towards diverse and identifiable books for children, how should we balance cultural authenticity with creative interpretation? In this session, Frané shows that this balance is maintained through careful and extensive research, while introducing some of the techniques budding writers can adopt in research.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 04:30PM 09/06/2018 05:30PM Asia/Singapore Windows Into Worlds

As authors strive towards diverse and identifiable books for children, how should we balance cultural authenticity with creative interpretation? In this session, Frané shows that this balance is maintained through careful and extensive research, while introducing some of the techniques budding writers can adopt in research.

L5, Possibility Room
L3, Drama Centre FR2

Turning Illustrations into Storytelling Devices

Mira Widhayati

Illustrations are a medium through which stories are told, but ever wondered how it can be turned into an actual storytelling device? Find out more about the process in this talk and demonstration, and learn how to apply it to your own creations.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2018 04:30PM 09/06/2018 05:30PM Asia/Singapore Turning Illustrations into Storytelling Devices

Illustrations are a medium through which stories are told, but ever wondered how it can be turned into an actual storytelling device? Find out more about the process in this talk and demonstration, and learn how to apply it to your own creations.

L3, Drama Centre FR2

7 Sep 2018 (Fri)

9:00am - 11:00am
L1, Visitors Briefing Room

Writing Historical ‘Faction’

Pamela Rushby

Historical novels have long challenged the lines between fact and fiction and continue to do so. Introducing the art of fact-based fiction, Pamela's workshop is for the budding writers with an inner history buff - pick up your pens and get ready to make history!

Add to Calendar 09/07/2018 09:00AM 09/07/2018 11:00AM Asia/Singapore Writing Historical ‘Faction’

Historical novels have long challenged the lines between fact and fiction and continue to do so. Introducing the art of fact-based fiction, Pamela's workshop is for the budding writers with an inner history buff - pick up your pens and get ready to make history!

L1, Visitors Briefing Room
10:00am - 1:00pm
L3, Drama Centre FR2 Masterclass

From Craft to Contract: Stress Test Your Work Without Stressing Out

Cynthea Liu

Getting published is a daunting task, but writing the book is most often the hardest part of all. In this masterclass by well-known writer and publisher Cynthea Liu, learn techniques on how to stress-test your work for the children and teen book market, as well as pick up tips to land that desired publishing contract.

Participants can choose to submit a piece of their writing in advance for anonymous discussion and review by Cynthea at this session.

Submission guidelines:
- First 5 pages (1250 words max) or query letter (250 words max)
- Submit your writing samples to https://wfcat.submittable.com/submit by 28th August.

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Add to Calendar 09/07/2018 10:00AM 09/07/2018 01:00PM Asia/Singapore From Craft to Contract: Stress Test Your Work Without Stressing Out

Getting published is a daunting task, but writing the book is most often the hardest part of all. In this masterclass by well-known writer and publisher Cynthea Liu, learn techniques on how to stress-test your work for the children and teen book market, as well as pick up tips to land that desired publishing contract.

Participants can choose to submit a piece of their writing in advance for anonymous discussion and review by Cynthea at this session.

Submission guidelines:
- First 5 pages (1250 words max) or query letter (250 words max)
- Submit your writing samples to https://wfcat.submittable.com/submit by 28th August.

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L3, Drama Centre FR2
10:15am - 11:15am
L5, Imagination Room

Illustration Through Assemblage: Exploration and Experimentation

Trish

Join Patricia as she shares her experimental and playful way of using mixed media to create a unique illustration style, while learning from her how you too can find your own 'voice' as an illustrator!

Add to Calendar 09/07/2018 10:15AM 09/07/2018 11:15AM Asia/Singapore Illustration Through Assemblage: Exploration and Experimentation

Join Patricia as she shares her experimental and playful way of using mixed media to create a unique illustration style, while learning from her how you too can find your own 'voice' as an illustrator!

L5, Imagination Room
11.30am - 12.30pm
L5, Possibility Room

From Soups and Potions in Picturebooks to Fluid Picturebooks

Ilgim Veryeri Alaca
Moderator: Darel Seow

If stories are thirst-quenchers and words are the soul's chicken soup, could we think of picturebooks as things to drink? Ponder about these questions together with Ilgim Veryeri Alaca, as she invites you to the world of her research on books, soups and potions.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2018 11:30AM 09/07/2018 12:30PM Asia/Singapore From Soups and Potions in Picturebooks to Fluid Picturebooks

If stories are thirst-quenchers and words are the soul's chicken soup, could we think of picturebooks as things to drink? Ponder about these questions together with Ilgim Veryeri Alaca, as she invites you to the world of her research on books, soups and potions.

L5, Possibility Room
1:30pm - 2:30pm
L5, Possibility Room

How to Write Sizzling First Sentences

Pamela Rushby

From truths universally acknowledged, to all happy families, bright cold days in April, and to the best and worst of times, a powerful opening sentence decides half the battle for a reader's attention. In this session with Pamela, get started on your manuscript's sizzling first sentence and leave your readers hungry for more.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2018 01:30PM 09/07/2018 02:30PM Asia/Singapore How to Write Sizzling First Sentences

From truths universally acknowledged, to all happy families, bright cold days in April, and to the best and worst of times, a powerful opening sentence decides half the battle for a reader's attention. In this session with Pamela, get started on your manuscript's sizzling first sentence and leave your readers hungry for more.

L5, Possibility Room
B1, Programme Zone

Living, Writing & Creating, S.I.E.W D.A.I Style!

Lee Seow Ser, Hidayah Amin, Tan Ai Khim

This panel offers a refreshing kopi siew dai brew, as the team shares meaningful insights and motivations behind their creative, literary and socially fulfilling work in Project To S.I.R (Socially Inclusive Reads) with Love. With two special book series published by Helang Books, explore Socially Inclusive, Educational Writing for Differently Abled Individuals, which stands for a “S.I.E.W D.A.I” style of living, writing and illustrating!

Add to Calendar 09/07/2018 01:30PM 09/07/2018 02:30PM Asia/Singapore Living, Writing & Creating, S.I.E.W D.A.I Style!

This panel offers a refreshing kopi siew dai brew, as the team shares meaningful insights and motivations behind their creative, literary and socially fulfilling work in Project To S.I.R (Socially Inclusive Reads) with Love. With two special book series published by Helang Books, explore Socially Inclusive, Educational Writing for Differently Abled Individuals, which stands for a “S.I.E.W D.A.I” style of living, writing and illustrating!

B1, Programme Zone
1:30pm – 4:30pm
L1, Visitors Briefing Room Masterclass

On Illustration

Satoshi Kitamura

It is said that a picture speaks a thousand words. But how do you create a narrative through illustrations alone? Join award-winning illustrator Satoshi Kitamura as he explains the creative process behind his books and leads a series of creative exercises in this interactive session.

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Add to Calendar 09/07/2018 01:30PM 09/07/2018 04:30PM Asia/Singapore On Illustration

It is said that a picture speaks a thousand words. But how do you create a narrative through illustrations alone? Join award-winning illustrator Satoshi Kitamura as he explains the creative process behind his books and leads a series of creative exercises in this interactive session.

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L1, Visitors Briefing Room
2:45pm - 3:45pm
L5, Imagination Room

What’s your Favourite Colour? Illustrated Flash Fiction on Ilonggo Children with Colour Blindness 

Mary Rose Adelle G. Pacificar

Put on new lenses and enter the world of colour blindness! In this presentation, Mary offers you a glimpse into colour blind children of the Philippines' Ilonggo people. Her presentation discusses their ways of perceiving as well as their struggles, but most importantly celebrates their victories and contributions to child diversity.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2018 02:45PM 09/07/2018 03:45PM Asia/Singapore What’s your Favourite Colour? Illustrated Flash Fiction on Ilonggo Children with Colour Blindness 

Put on new lenses and enter the world of colour blindness! In this presentation, Mary offers you a glimpse into colour blind children of the Philippines' Ilonggo people. Her presentation discusses their ways of perceiving as well as their struggles, but most importantly celebrates their victories and contributions to child diversity.

L5, Imagination Room
5:30pm - 6:30pm
B1, Multi-Purpose Room

First Pages: Writing Critique

Cynthea Liu

Ever wondered what an editor or publisher is thinking of as he or she reads a manuscript? Witness a panel of experts give live comments on the first pages of unpublished manuscripts. 

Submission Details

Add to Calendar 09/07/2018 05:30PM 09/07/2018 06:30PM Asia/Singapore First Pages: Writing Critique

Ever wondered what an editor or publisher is thinking of as he or she reads a manuscript? Witness a panel of experts give live comments on the first pages of unpublished manuscripts. 

Submission Details

B1, Multi-Purpose Room

8 Sep 2018 (Sat)

9:00am - 10:00am
L1, Visitors Briefing Room

Is There A Uniquely Asian Art For Children?

Sara Siew

Art bears the freight of various experiences, ranging from the deeply personal to the national. This talk explores the ways art can be incorporated into children's content, and potentially deliver to our children values of self-awareness, perspective-taking and cultural sensitivity.

Add to Calendar 09/08/2018 09:00AM 09/08/2018 10:00AM Asia/Singapore Is There A Uniquely Asian Art For Children?

Art bears the freight of various experiences, ranging from the deeply personal to the national. This talk explores the ways art can be incorporated into children's content, and potentially deliver to our children values of self-awareness, perspective-taking and cultural sensitivity.

L1, Visitors Briefing Room
9:00am – 11:00am
L16, The Pod Workshop

Illustrators And Writers

Satoshi Kitamura

In this session, Satoshi Kitamura will share anecdotes relating to his career path, delve into the creative processes behind some of his creations, and open up the floor for questions from writers and illustrators. 

Add to Calendar 09/08/2018 09:00AM 09/08/2018 11:00AM Asia/Singapore Illustrators And Writers

In this session, Satoshi Kitamura will share anecdotes relating to his career path, delve into the creative processes behind some of his creations, and open up the floor for questions from writers and illustrators. 

L16, The Pod
10:15am - 4:15pm
(includes lunch break)
L1, Visitors Briefing Room Masterclass

Make Your Words Count: Writing for Young Adults

Sarah Odedina

Led by publisher Sarah Odedina, this intensive masterclass is aimed for those ready to push their Y.A. writing to the next level. Be ready to tackle every component of the writing process big or small, from finding your own voice to crafting compelling dialogue, characters and settings. Participants will also gain practical expertise as Sarah draws from the many stories she has worked with in her publishing career.

Please note that this session is capped at a maximum of 20 participants only. 

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Add to Calendar 09/08/2018 10:15AM 09/08/2018 04:15PM Asia/Singapore Make Your Words Count: Writing for Young Adults

Led by publisher Sarah Odedina, this intensive masterclass is aimed for those ready to push their Y.A. writing to the next level. Be ready to tackle every component of the writing process big or small, from finding your own voice to crafting compelling dialogue, characters and settings. Participants will also gain practical expertise as Sarah draws from the many stories she has worked with in her publishing career.

Please note that this session is capped at a maximum of 20 participants only. 

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L1, Visitors Briefing Room
11:30am - 12:30pm
L16, The Pod

Asian Award-Winning Titles in the White Ravens

Lucia Obi
Moderator: Myra Garces-Bacsal

This special talk is delivered by Lucia Obi from the International Youth Library, whose specialists work to preserve cultural diversity in the world's children's books. Their projects include the annual White Ravens Catalogue, though until recently, only East Asian literatures have been represented. Lucia explores the challenges and opportunities of incorporating other Asian selections, and what it means to make Southeast Asian children's literature globally visible.

Add to Calendar 09/08/2018 11:30AM 09/08/2018 12:30PM Asia/Singapore Asian Award-Winning Titles in the White Ravens

This special talk is delivered by Lucia Obi from the International Youth Library, whose specialists work to preserve cultural diversity in the world's children's books. Their projects include the annual White Ravens Catalogue, though until recently, only East Asian literatures have been represented. Lucia explores the challenges and opportunities of incorporating other Asian selections, and what it means to make Southeast Asian children's literature globally visible.

L16, The Pod
2.00pm - 3.00pm
L5, Imagination Room

Lessons from Lewis Carroll: Alice and the Shape of Children’s Literature

Katherine Blyn Wakely-Mulroney

First published in 1865, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland remains among the most popular children's books ever written. From Victorian stamp cases and umbrella handles to Alice for the iPad, this talk explores the strategies used to market Wonderland to different generations of readers. 

Add to Calendar 09/08/2018 02:00PM 09/08/2018 03:00PM Asia/Singapore Lessons from Lewis Carroll: Alice and the Shape of Children’s Literature

First published in 1865, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland remains among the most popular children's books ever written. From Victorian stamp cases and umbrella handles to Alice for the iPad, this talk explores the strategies used to market Wonderland to different generations of readers. 

L5, Imagination Room
B1, Programme Zone

The History Hunter

Mark Greenwood

Join the history hunter on a dig for the truth! Intriguing settings and curious characters dot this adventure-driven session, leading you to the secrets captured in Mark Greenwood's latest book, The Happiness Box, set in Singapore during WWII. By balancing creative interpretation with historical authenticity, this presentation aims to help you uncover the magic in your own historical narratives.

Add to Calendar 09/08/2018 02:00PM 09/08/2018 03:00PM Asia/Singapore The History Hunter

Join the history hunter on a dig for the truth! Intriguing settings and curious characters dot this adventure-driven session, leading you to the secrets captured in Mark Greenwood's latest book, The Happiness Box, set in Singapore during WWII. By balancing creative interpretation with historical authenticity, this presentation aims to help you uncover the magic in your own historical narratives.

B1, Programme Zone
L16, The Pod

First Look: Illustration Critique

Frané Lessac, Colin Goh

A picture speaks a thousand words, and the panel will say a few. This panel of illustrators and publishing experts will comment on the illustrations of unpublished picture books as they look at them for the first time. 

Submission Details

Add to Calendar 09/08/2018 02:00PM 09/08/2018 03:00PM Asia/Singapore First Look: Illustration Critique

A picture speaks a thousand words, and the panel will say a few. This panel of illustrators and publishing experts will comment on the illustrations of unpublished picture books as they look at them for the first time. 

Submission Details

L16, The Pod
4:30pm - 5:30pm
B1, Multi-Purpose Room

Writing a Page Turner for Tweenies

Felix Cheong

Aspiring writers of tweenie fiction often find it an uphill task to keep their readers' attention. Award-winning writer Felix Cheong will teach you strategies in building suspense and plot twists, so that your writing has that page-turning hook.

Add to Calendar 09/08/2018 04:30PM 09/08/2018 05:30PM Asia/Singapore Writing a Page Turner for Tweenies

Aspiring writers of tweenie fiction often find it an uphill task to keep their readers' attention. Award-winning writer Felix Cheong will teach you strategies in building suspense and plot twists, so that your writing has that page-turning hook.

B1, Multi-Purpose Room