Literary Arts, Talk/Workshop

Young Author Scheme

Organised by: Janus Education Services and the Singapore Book Council
Performed by: Catherine Khoo
  • Date:
    10 - 14 Jun 2019
  • Time:
  • Duration:
  • Venue:
    Singapore Book Council Training Room
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  • Language:
    Conducted in English
  • Admission:
    $656.99 – $820.99
  • Advisory:
    10 to 12 Year Olds


You are never too young to write a book. Children get to learn to write their very own 3,000-word storybooks and improve descriptive and vocabulary skills. All stories are entered into the Young Author Awards, a regional writing competition for under-18s. Shortlisted and winning stories are published as e-books or in print, or in the Young Reader Club magazine, available in all NLB branches.

This programme is for children aged between 10 and 12 years. It is co-organised by Janus Education Services and the Singapore Book Council.

Course Outline:

At the end of the programme, participants will:

(a) Develop an understanding of fiction writing and its basic elements;

(b) Gain a greater understanding of theme and genre-based fictional narratives;

(c) Increase their vocabulary, and improve skills such as brevity and coherence in writing fiction;

(d) Learn to appreciate fictional narratives and critique them based on SPACE; and

(e) Complete a 3,000-word fictional narrative based on a chosen genre and theme.

About the facilitator:

Author, educator, editor and publisher (in this order!), Catherine Khoo, has been writing and publishing since 1988.

She created the Young Author Scheme in 2003, mentoring under-18s to pen their first novella.

In 2005, she set up her own boutique publishing house, Experiences & Experiments Books, to showcase the works of her young authors as the big publishing houses deem them too childish! Since then, a selection of young authors' books are available in print, as ebooks, and collected into anthologies.

In 2010, she launched the Young Reader Club (YRC) magazine, the host of excellent stories by 10 to 14 year olds. YRC prides itself on its reputation of presenting excellent works of art, supporting emerging writers and connecting young authors with audiences of all nationalities, across lifestyles and cultures.

In 2017, she franchised out her creative education suite, Unique English Classroom, to Malaysia (10 centres) and Philippines (8 centres).

Her vision: to build the next generation of thinkers and writers while creating a library of children's literature for the region!