Saturday, February 18, 2012

So, You Want to Write a Children’s Book?

The Malaysian children's publishing industry is still in its infancy and one of the things it lacks is authors who are passionate about writing children's literature.

This 6-session course, conducted by Daphne Lee, will help aspiring writers of children's books get started in their chosen field.

The course (each session lasts 2 hrs - the course is held over 6 weeks) covers:

- an introduction to children's literature, including types of books for children
- finding the right genre and subject to write about
- finding your own voice
- creating characters and plots that young readers will enjoy
- how to avoid dumbing down
- writing in vernacular English
- illustrations for children's books
- what to do once you've written your story

Dates: Sat, 21 & 28 April, 5, 12, 19, 26 May, 2012 (2.30pm to 4.30pm)
Venue: Silverfish Books, 28-1 Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, KL. Tel: 03-2284483
Fee: RM500.00 for the 6 week programme (Those interested may register online by clicking here.)
(There will be an early bird discount of 10% for registrations by 31 March 2012.)

Daphne Lee is a writer, editor, and book reviewer. Her weekly column about children's and YA books appears in the Malaysian daily, The Star, and, for eight years, she wrote the book blog The Places You Will Go. She currently runs a Facebook group, also called The Places You Will Go, for readers who love children's and YA books, although all kinds of books are discussed there.

Daphne has published six picture books, and short stories in various anthologies. She is editor at Scholastic Malaysia, and also edits on a freelance basis. Her most recently published project is Malaysian Tales: Retold and Remixed (ZI Publications).

She has taught creative writing to adults and children for more than 10 years.