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Children can Write their Own Books

By Dr George Jacobs

14 April 2018 (Sat)
9:30am – 11:30am

Singapore Book Council Training Room
90 Goodman Road, Blk E #03-32
Goodman Arts Centre
Singapore 439053

Course Fee: $50.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $3.24

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With adult help, children can create their own books, even children who do not know how to read. In this two-hour workshop for adults, teenagers or a parent and child pair, participants make their own books. Materials (paper, colour pencils, crayons) to make the books will be provided. Two overlapping methods are used to create these books. First, children can use other books as models, for example, children can substitute themselves and their families for the characters in the books. Second, children can write books based on their own experiences. The role of adults will vary depending on the children, but children will always have a role in creating the books, even if it is limited to drawing.

This is an introductory-level workshop suitable for participants with no experience or beginner level experience. This session is not appropriate for children who are already writing books. It is not a master class; it is a beginner class. Teachers are also welcome. 
One ticket allows admission for one adult and one child (3 years and above), up to two children per adult.


  • Learn how you and your children can create your own simple children’s books.
  • Enjoy a fun and creative activity with your children.
  • Create one or more books that you can bring home to read and otherwise enjoy.


  • Understand why you and your children should create your own books.
  • Learn methods for making these books.
  • With your children, spend time during the workshop creating your own books.
  • Receive constructive, friendly feedback on your book(s) from the workshop leader and others.
  • Enjoy reading the books created by other workshop participants

About the Trainer: Dr George Jacobs

Dr George Jacobs

Dr George Jacobs has taught collaborative learning to a wide variety of teachers in Singapore, from teachers of lower primary students to teachers of adults. Furthermore, he has written many articles and books on collaborative learning, reading and related topics. George serves on the boards of the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education and the Extensive Reading Foundation. Currently, he teaches at James Cook University, as well as helping the Book Council.

Registration Details

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 enjoy 10% off the workshop fee.
Please provide your membership number and workshop title to [email protected] for the discount code before online registration.

Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 12 – 15 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, two weeks before the workshop date.

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 up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also 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.