This past weekend, we were invited to a sneak preview of one of the many family-friendly workshops organised by the Singapore Writers Festival!
This year, the Singapore Writers Festival, which will be taking place from 30th Oct – 8 Nov 2015 will be catering not only for serious aspiring writers but for all ages with an incredible line up of free and ticketed events with the theme ‘Island of Dreams’. SWF3 (or rather, SWF For Families) has a whopping 51 programmes spanning a wide range of topics from storytelling to illustration to music to creative writing workshops catering to the different age ranges.
Some of the workshops for children will be run by award winning international authors such as Chris Haughton (who just so happens to be the author of one of Little E’s favourite books, A Bit Lost.) and local authors such as Lianne Ong, whilst others will cater to special needs children with dyslexia and visual impairment.
We were very privileged to attend a creative storytelling workshop, ‘Cut, Shake, Roll’, run by professional storyteller-guide, Chuah Ai Lin.
During the workshop, Ms Chuah showed us several different ways that we can encourage and work together with our children in order to tap into their imagination and create stories together. She started out by showing us how to brainstorm for story ingredients, randomly combining words to create a platform from which children can begin crafting their stories. Afterwards, she showed us how to use paper-cutting and tear-and-tell techniques in storytelling.
J and Little E were spellbound by her stories, and she was able to gently encourage all the kids present to participate in discussion and build on each other’s ideas. We also broke into our own little groups to craft stories, with J and Little E each coming up with their own simple tales with some guidance from yours truly.
Ai Lin was able to create such a safe environment, that J felt comfortable enough to do a little bit of storytelling in front of the group! I thought that was pretty awesome.
So, if you’re wondering what to do with the kids over the next few weekends (especially now during these hazy days), or you have a love for all things literary, take part in the shenanigans over at the Singapore Writers Festival! I’m planning to be there and I hope to listen in on some panel discussions and bring the kids to meet some popular kid’s authors!