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Masterclass on Picture Books


29 – 30 May 2011 (Sun – Mon)
10am – 6pm

The Arts House
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429

Course Fee: $200.00

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Join the AFCC 2011's Masterclass on Picture Books and get this fantastic opportunity to peek into the wit, wonder and wisdom of some of the most celebrated experts in children's literature today.

Whether you are just beginning the path towards publication, or are already well-established, this Masterclass offers an invaluable guide to the craft of writing and illustrating picture books.

What's Different? Why sign up?

We'll have hands-on mini workshops focusing on special interests:

  • The narrative structure and techniques
  • The value of pictures rather than words
  • Composition issues and storyboarding
  • The depth and layers that make up the genre "picture book" for various age groups
  • Interpretation/comprehension strategies
  • Picture books on subject matters for learning and advanced readers.

We'll also have discussion sessions designed to bring diverse groups togethr and focus on some key issues:

  • What distinguishes between illustrated books as opposed to true picture books
  • The difficulties of telling and writing/illustrating a picture book that details another culture
  • Exploring how adult beliefs about childhood are embedded in stories we tell children
  • Exploring the hard side of life and the need for the "dark side" of childhood
  • How we can encourage critical thinking e.g. political, religious, gender perspectives
  • Violence, suicide and sexuality - Can books be dangerous for some children/young people?

The picture book often constructs an image of childhood that is "cute".
Let us look into the possibilities of challenging children's pleasures and popular culture.
Let us question - Are all award-winning picture books actually picture books?

The workshop leaders will also share about the real-world issues of getting published from their own experiences.

Who should definitely register?

Writers and illustrators, no matter if you're just starting out or already have pubished works, teachers, librarians, parents and everyone who is passionate about picture books.

Can't draw? Don't worry - the class focuses on developing your vision for the imagery and pacing, visualising the pages and the reader's interaction with the book.

Can draw? Briliant - we'll look forward to your sketches!

About the Trainer: Anushka Ravishankar

Anushka Ravishankar

Dubbed ‘India’s Dr. Seuss’, Anushka Ravishankar is one of India’s most celebrated children’s authors. A tremendously talented poet, she is often credited with being the first writer to adapt the difficult nonsense verse form to the cadences of Indian English. Anushka has won national and international acclaim for the 15 jubilant and artful verse-tales she’s released with Tara Publishing over the last decade, rights to these books have been snapped up in the US, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Korea, Italy, Japan and Spain.

Registration Details

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.