Book Village For Schools

Planning for your school assembly or organising enrichment workshops for students? Why not give them something fresh, different and enduring

Ethos Books has been connecting schools to authors with important stories and messages! In 2017, we are featuring a line-up of programmes which aim to nurture an interest in ongoing issues and to shift perspectives! 

Experience our Book Village through any of the following programmes:

 Featured Programmes for Term 1 and Term 2, 2017:

A) Meet-the-Author Sessions

For the first half of 2017, we are featuring authors who are committed to examining current affairs and social issues rooted in Singapore. These sessions will engage with teachers and students, giving them the opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions with writers who are experts in their fields.

Danielle Lim, The Sound of SCH

Danielle's book, The Sound of SCH, won the Singapore Literature Prize 2016 (non-fiction). It is the true story of her uncle who had schizophrenia, and her mother who spent 30 years as his caregiver. The book has also been translated to Chinese and published in Taiwan in 2016.

Danielle studied at The University of Oxford and is based in Singapore, where she is a Lecturer at the Nanyang Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic. Her professional experience includes 12 years in the tertiary/global education sector and 6 years in the financial sector. 

Danielle is ready to share with your colleagues and students about:
1. Drawing inspiration from everyday life.
2. Myths and facts about mental wellbeing, including the effects of discrimination, with a focus on families coping with mental illness. 
3. The importance of local literature to Singapore and each of us living here.


The Birthday Book 2016 Contributors

The Birthday Book features essays by leading Singaporean professionals from different fields of expertise. Their voices center on current issues, future solutions, and innovative thinking. Going beyond 'lecture' and 'talk' formats, the contributors are keen to:

  1. Engage students in current affairs from industry and professional perspectives.
  2. Extend students' thought process and allow them to develop their personal voice and opinions.


Interested in a Meet-the-Author session?

  • Each session/talk can last from 45 minutes – 1 hour.
  • These talks can be finetuned to complement themes that are relevant to your curriculum.
  • Talks can also be scaled down to classroom-sized sessions for a more interactive experience!

To make a date with our authors (or to ask any niggling questions), drop a message to Jennifer at jenniferkwan (at) pagesetters (dot) com (dot) sg or WhatsApp us at 9691 7508.


B) Creative Writing Workshops

In the first half of 2017, we have curated fresh faces and experienced writers who will take students on a spirited exploration through the writing process.

Felix Cheong
Finding the Written Way with Felix Cheong

Participants can pick up essential creative writing skills from Felix Cheong. Having written for multiple genres – poetry, short stories, flash fiction (Sudden in Youth, Vanishing Point, Singapore Siu Dai), he knows the elements of a good story like the back of his hand! Enter the world of plotting, setting and characterization with Felix as your guide.
Clara Chow (Dream Storeys)
"Lying with Conviction": Interview Skills and Creative Writing with Clara Chow

Clara Chow is a journalist-turned-author. For her first book, a hybrid work of fiction and non-fiction titled Dream Storeys, she interviewed architects in Singapore about their dream buildings, and penned short stories set in these imaginary buildings. Participants in her workshop will interview one another about their dream buildings, then use this primary material to write a short story.

Heng Siok Tian, Phan Ming Yen, Yeow Kai Chai and Yong Shu Hoong (Lost Bodies)

Writing Within Constraints with the Authors of Lost Bodies

Looking for triggers to enhance your students' (or your) writing? Heng Siok Tian, Phan Ming Yen, Yeow Kai Chai and Yong Shu Hoong will share the method of using visual triggers to prompt writing. Through this method, the quartet of friends crafted poems and stories for the anthologies Lost Bodies and The Adopted, during their trips to Portugal and Cambodia.

Their examples will show how travel (no matter where) and friendship can inspire writing. You can invite one – or all four! – of the authors to your school to conduct workshops that will inspire creativity and experimentation with writing.


Interested in a Creative Writing Workshop?

  • Click here to see previous workshops by our authors.
  • Each workshop is intended for up to 20 students and is ideal as a co-curricular or enrichment activity.
  • Not what you're looking for? Talk to us and we'll see if we can tailor the workshop for your colleagues or students!

To make a date with our authors (or to ask any niggling questions), drop a message to Jennifer at jenniferkwan (at) pagesetters (dot) com (dot) sg or WhatsApp us at 9691 7508.