Specialised Workshop: Writing Stories for Picture Books (in Mandarin)

Writing Stories for Picture Books (in Mandarin) by Chen Chih-Yuan, Taiwan

So you want to write a picture book. Stories for young children are usually short and that leads many to think that writing for them is easy. You’ll be in for a surprise as it is even more difficult than writing for adults. We tend to moralise, teach a lesson – write stories which bore kids to death. Join Chen Chih-Yuan, three-time winner of the prestigious Hsin Yi Picture Book Award, as he shows you how he writes stories for picture books. Where do ideas come from? Should they be solely based on our imaginations? How to write stories that will pass the test of time – being loved and remembered even years later? What qualities make a good picture book for the young child? Don’t waste time by making the same silly mistakes.

儿童图书写作 – 陈致元,台灣

由于儿童故事偏短,许多人都认为,写作儿童图书是件轻而易举的事。但你会惊觉,写作儿童故事,比写作成人故事还难!我们时常会以教训的口吻写作,而这样的故事会使孩子们觉得闷。三屆信誼儿童图书文学奖得主,著名圖畫書作家陈致元,会与你分享,他写作儿童图书的过程:他如何获得灵感,是空凭想象?怎样才能创作经典?一本好的图书要有什元素?

Workshop Leader:

Chen Chih-Yuan is a renowned picture book writer and illustrator from Taiwan. Chen is a three-time winner of the prestigious Hsin Yi Picture Book Award for Memory, a wordless picture book, Guji Guji and On My Way to Buy Eggs. The English-language translation of Guji Guji appeared on the New York Times Bestseller Top 10 List, and On My Way to Buy Eggs won the Publishers Weekly Best Illustrated Book of the Year. He has more than 10 picture books, and many have been published in different countries, including the US, France, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, and Korea.

Date: 28 May 2011, Saturday
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: The Arts House

For more information or to register, visit us at www.bookcouncil.sg.

Enquiries
Email: afcc@bookcouncil.sg
Tel: (65) 6848 8290
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