Singapore Writers Festival 2017

The Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) returns for its 20th edition! Taking place from 3 – 12 November, this year’s SWF promises an enthralling line-up of panel discussions, storytelling escapades, workshops and performances for families interested in both literature and fun. With a diverse selection of over 300 programmes and a rich portfolio of local and international writers, there will surely be something interesting for everyone in the family. Here’s a list of some of the exciting activities that parents can register their children to participate in:
Empowering Teenage Girls

Conducted by the acclaimed Irish author Deirdre Sullivan, this session doesn’t shy away from hard truths, such as recovering from the trauma of abuse. Meet the author as she talks about using her stories to teach empathy, and find out how she develops strong female characters that her readers can identify with.

Date: Saturday, 4 November

Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Venue: The Arts House, Gallery II
Price: Free!
This session is suitable for ages 11 and up.

The Writer’s Clinic

Could your writing do with some rejuvenation? In this workshop, Deirdre Sullivan has just the remedy! Her prescription includes some writing style exercises and techniques to develop your ideas, as well as the use of everyday objects as writing prompts to craft short pieces of fiction. Perfect for your school-going kids!

Date: Sunday, 5 November
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Venue: Timbre Music Academy, Hall
Price: $10
This session is suitable for ages 9 to 14.


Move with Poetry!

Pick up simple voice and body movement techniques with performance poet Arianna Pozzuoli, and then perform or read a poem out loud with other participants. This fun workshop is a great introduction to poetry!

Date: Sunday, 5 November
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Venue: Timbre Music Academy, Hall
Price: $10
This session is suitable for ages 9 to 12.


Unleash Your Writing Superpowers

Level-up in this workshop by A.L. Tait, the Australian author behind the bestselling series The Mapmaker Chronicles. Pick up tips on how to create exciting plot lines, build mysterious characters, and develop a keen editorial eye.

Date: Sunday, 11 November
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Venue: Timbre Music Academy, Hall
Price: $10
This session is suitable for ages 9 to 13.


The Draw of Singapore’s Wild

Otters, pangolins and kingfishers live with us in Singapore. They could also be key characters in your own story! With author and illustrator Darel Seow as your guide, observe and draw inspiration from nature in this urban jungle. Learn different ways to draw Singapore’s wildlife in unconventional fictional settings and let them inhabit your very own garden city!

Date: Sunday, 12 November
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Venue: Timbre Music Academy, Hall
Price: $10
This session is suitable for ages 7 and up.

To sign up for the above workshops and other workshops, please go to
The Singapore Writers Festival is back with the theme, Aram. What are the meanings of being ”good”? Aram, a Tamil word, zeroes in on the universal ethical concept. A term with rich connotations, it exhorts us to ask tough questions regarding conscience, virtue, and societal values. On a fundamental level, it envisions an ideal which humanity can aspire to — in thought, words and actions. Aram is mentioned in the ancient Thirukkural (1st-3rd century B.C), widely revered as the most influential work in Tamil. The Singapore Writers Festival investigates this common creed and how it can help one to navigate the trials and tribulations in an increasingly complex world. Get your Festival Pass today to enjoy more than 100 sessions with your favourite authors!
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