Picture Book Matters

By Debasmita Dasgupta, Eva Wong Nava

18 – 26 April 2020 (Sat – Sun)
9:30am – 12:30pm


Course Fee: $240.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $11.79

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In line with the National Arts Council’s guidelines, this programme will be held online to minimise the spread of COVID-19, with more information to come. We will be in touch with existing ticket-holders soon. Thank you for your understanding and support.

In conjunction with the Singapore Book Council, Picture Book Matters is offering a series of workshops leading up to the Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) in 2020, going forward to 2021. Through these workshops, participants will learn step-by-step how picture books of all genres are created for the traditional publishing market. These workshops will bring you a step closer to publishing your book with PBM mentors Eva Wong Nava and Debasmita Dasgupta.

About the Trainer: Debasmita Dasgupta, Eva Wong Nava

Debasmita Dasgupta

Debasmita Dasgupta is a Singapore-based, internationally published, Kirkus Best Prize nominated illustrator and graphic novelist. With over a decade-long career in the field of publishing, she enjoys drawing both fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. She has illustrated over 20 picture books, comics and poems.

Widely known as an art-for-change advocate, Debasmita tells stories of changemakers from around the world partnering with global non-profits. Her art is exhibited across the globe and more than 40 international media outlets have featured it. Her debut independent graphic novel, NADYA, published by Scholastic is critically acclaimed in many countries. She is currently working on three more picture books including one with Harper Collins.

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Eva Wong Nava is an award-winning children’s book author. She is an advocate for diversity in children’s books. Her books are typically cause-based concept books and fiction that encourage young readers to be more compassionate and inclusive. She has written Open: A Boy’s Wayang Adventure (Moonbeam Award winner) , a middle-grade fiction, The Boy Who Talks in Bits and Bobs (5 - star Reader’s Favorite review), and Mina’s Magic Malong (endorsed by Associate Professor of Social & Public Policy, Yale-NUS), two picture books, championing the underdog and lesser heard. She has picture books and a children's novel forthcoming in 2020-21.

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.