Writing picture books with young children

By Melanie Lee

1 July 2017 (Sat)
9:30am – 12:30pm

Room 207
YMCA Education Centre
One Orchard Road, Level 2
Singapore 238824


Course Fee: $70.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $3.00

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Using picture books to tell stories is an important and effective way of reaching pre-schoolers.  In this workshop, you can invoke your imagination and creativity and make the best out of everything that happens in your life: bedtime, reading time, playtime etc to write a lively and entertaining story. Practise the techniques you are taught immediately by working on an online story-book creating platform: Story Jumper. This workshop is suitable for those aged 16 and above who play or work with children aged 4- 6 years of age.


  • What is a Picture Book? 
  • The importance of creating stories from young
  •  How to collaborate with pre-schoolers
  • Recording sleepy bedtime conversations: The least judgmental source of inspiration
  • Mishmash: Combining bits of favourite books into one story
  • Journalist junior: Creating stories from everyday life experiences
  • What makes a story? 
  • Creating a virtual picture book (using Story Jumper https://www.storyjumper.com/) Note: participants should come with laptops and have Internet access. 

About the trainer: Melanie Lee

Melanie Lee

Melanie Lee is a children’s book author, an arts and lifestyle writer, and a communications lecturer. The Adventures of Squirky the Alien, her picture book series on adoption, won the Crystal Kite Award 2016 (Middle East/India/Asia division) and Second Prize at the Samsung KidsTime Authors’ Award 2016. She is also the author of Quiet Journeys: Finding Stillness in Chaos and Imaginary Friends: 26 Fables for the Kid in Us. 

Registration Details

ALAP’S Bring a Friend Discount

ALAP’S BRING A FRIEND DISCOUNT: Enjoy a 10% discount on each ticket when you sign-up for two tickets in one purchase
Please request ALAP staff (alap@bookcouncil.sg) for the discount code, before registering and paying for the workshops via Eventbrite.

ALAP’s Three and More Discount

ALAP’s THREE N MORE DISCOUNT:  Form a group of three and more and enjoy a 15% discount on each ticket in one purchase
Please request ALAP staff (alap@bookcouncil.sg) for the discount code, before registering and paying for the workshops via Eventbrite.

Capability Development Grant

The Capability Development Grant is open to individuals and organisations who have a strong track record of involvement in the arts at a professional level, and is able to demonstrate commitment to the long-term development of the arts in Singapore.

Kinokuniya Privilege Card Members

Kinokuniya Privilege card members can also enjoy a 10% discount on all our courses. Please share with us your membership card number by emailing alap@bookcouncil.sg  along with the workshop title.

Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 15 – 25 pax

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation of workshop, two weeks before the workshop date.

All ALAP workshops serve tea-breaks and provide course handouts.

Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances ( E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us later than two weeks before the workshop date will receive a 50 % refund. Participants can also opt to attend another course at the same value within the same year.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.