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Asian Festival of Children’s Content

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Romance is a common ingredient in Young Adult (YA) literature, and it takes on many different forms. This session will explore five common romance tropes through the YA fantasy genre, such as “friends to lovers”, “enemies to lovers”, and “slow-burn”. Case studies of each will also be discussed.

Romance Writing for Children and Youths

Joyce Chua

Joyce Chua (Singapore)

Joyce graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in English, and has since worked as a lifestyle journalist, fashion editor, and freelance writer for various publications. She is the author of the young adult contemporary romance, Lambs for Dinner and a winner of the Beyond Words: Young and Younger competition. She publishes her short fiction on her short story blog Muse in Pocket, Pen in Hand while working on her next novel.

Kayce Teo

Kayce Teo (Singapore)

Leslie W is Kayce’s pen name. She is the regional editor at The Smart Local. She graduated with an English literature degree from the National University of Singapore, and was one of six mentees selected for the Mentor Access Project’s Fiction category, an annual programme which develops emerging writers. The Night of Legends was written under the mentorship of prolific local writer, Dave Chua.

Vivian Teo

Moderator Vivian Teo (Singapore)

Vivian worked as a financial journalist and editor for 14 years at major US and UK trade publications. She became a freelance writer to spend more time with her two daughters and write about things close to her heart. This led to, My BFF Is an Alien, her first middle-grade novel. She now writes on parenting, education, finance and social issues; her work has been featured in CNA and CNA Lifestyle. She also enjoys blogging on her parenting and lifestyle website at

All programme dates and times are subject to change and existing COVID measures.

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