Steven has been an Educational Therapist with the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) since 2015. He has been trained to provide specialist intervention for children with Dyslexia. Steven also has a dual specialisation in English Exam skills to help equip students with various strategies and skillsets to perform well in National Examinations like PSLE.He holds a Specialist Diploma and a Post Graduate Certificate on Special Education Needs with the University of South Wales. He is currently pursuing a Master’s program with the same University.Courses conducted:
Dr Chris Mooney-Singh
Dr Chris Mooney-Singh has authored several collections of verse, the last being The Bearded Chameleon (Black Pepper/Red Wheelbarrow Books) and has appeared in numerous poetry and fiction anthologies. He co-founded The Writers Centre, Singapore, Red Wheelbarrow and the Lit Up Festival as well as the Singapore Poetry Slam™. Chris has also been a guest at international literary festivals in Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, USA, the Philippines, India, Malaysia, and Singapore. In 2015, he was awarded a PhD in Literary Studies and Creative Writing at Monash University, Melbourne. In the same year, his verse novel Foreign Madam and the White Yogi received a Victorian Premiers’ Literary Award Commendation (Unpublished Manuscript category). Chris also teaches in the MA Creative Writing and short course in poetry at LASALLE College of the Arts.Courses conducted:
Amy Spies is a professional writer with credits in dramatic and comedic television, film, digital, video games, documentary as well as new and print media (see IMDB). She was part of the original development team of “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Melrose Place” and served as executive story editor, executive story consultant, and writer of many episodes of both. She wrote the movie “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, and an award-winning Electronic Arts transmedia story/game “Majestic”. She also was trained in teaching mindful self-compassion, and mindful based stress reduction and has created and developed a mindful writing curriculum which combines the practices of writing and mindfulness. She has taught Mindful Writing at USC, UCLA, and Insight LA, as well as for television writing staffs and individuals.Courses conducted:
Chef Heman Tan is a man of many talents, in addition to having more than 20 years of culinary experience; he is also a competitive triathlete and a celebrated ceramist! Currently he is the Co-Founder cum Chef owner of Iron Supper ClubHe manages his dyslexia at work with the clever use of visuals, graphics and even the handy dictionary to remember recipes. As busy as he is, Heman is never too far away from being hands on in the kitchen and putting his creativity to good use.Courses conducted:
Jean Tay graduated in 1997 with a double-degree in creative writing and economics from Brown University, USA.
Plays produced include The Shape of a Bird (2016), Senang (2014), Sisters (2013), Everything but the Brain (2005, 2007, 2013), Boom (2008, 2012) and Plunge (2000). Jean also wrote the books for the musicals Great Wall: One Woman's Journey (2017), The Admiral’s Odyssey (2005), and Man of Letters (2006). Her plays have been performed in Singapore, US, UK, and Italy. She has been nominated four times for Best Original Script for the Life! Theatre Awards, and won for Everything but the Brain in 2006. Her plays Everything but the Brain and Boom have been used as 'O' and 'N' Level literature texts for secondary schools.
Jean is the founding Artistic Director of Saga Seed Theatre.
Photo credit: Crispian ChanCourses conducted:
Benson is an EduTech trainer in immersive media technologies and specialises in various content creation production workflow and software. He possesses both industry and training experiences in 360 productions, AR and VR.Courses conducted:
- Virtual Reality (VR) Storytelling for Kids (2018)
- Augmented Reality (AR) Storytelling for Kids (2018)
Jayapriya Vasudevan founded the Jacaranda Literary Agency over 20 years ago. The prestigious UK magazine, Bookseller has hailed her as “one of India’s most dynamic booksellers.”
Over the years the agency has grown exponentially and now represents an exciting and diverse list of authors from India, Singapore and across South East Asia as well as from the UK, Australia and Kenya. Jayapriya is a preferred speaker and regular delegate at literary conferences all over Asia as well as London and Frankfurt. She also teaches a class at Bangalore's World Famous Semi Deluxe Writing Program.
Jayapriya was the Festival Director for the Times of India Literary Festivals 2017 and 2018 held in Bangalore.
Sheila Wee has been a professional storyteller for 15 years and has been described as a Godmother of Singapore storytelling in various aspects of education. A strong focus of her work has been in the use of storytelling in various aspects of education. She has conducted numerous workshops in this area in Singapore, in the region and beyond.Courses conducted:
- Introduction to Storytelling II (2020)
- Introduction to Storytelling I (2020)
- Introduction to Storytelling I (2019)
- Engaging hearts and minds: Storytelling for values education (2016)
- Did I hear you write? Using storytelling to support children’s creative writing (2015)
- Did I hear you write? (2015)
- Did I Hear You Write ? Using Storytelling to Support Children’s Creative Writing (2014)
Dr. Darryl Whetter is the inaugural director of the first Creative Writing MA in Singapore and Southeast Asia (at LASALLE College of the Arts). He is the author of three books of fiction and two poetry collections. In his native Canada, his debut collection of stories was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2003 and, Origins, his first poetry collection, received a starred review in Quill & Quire. His scholarly articles on literature and Creative Writing pedagogy have been published by Routledge, the National Poetry Foundation (US), and Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, etc.Courses conducted:
- From Life to Writing: Explore Creative Non-fiction, Including Travel Writing, Memoir and the Persona (2019)
- Metaphor: the Core of Poetry and a Transferable Skill for all Genres (2018)
- Let Them Speak: Writing Better Dialogue (Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Graphic Novels and Drama) (2018)
Wong Swee Yean
Swee Yean, an experienced storyteller and trainer, has been telling stories in schools, libraries and museums for the past 12 years. She has also trained teachers and emerging storytellers of all ages from 7 to 70. Before becoming a professional storyteller, she was a secondary school teacher. She likes to nurture the yearning for learning that she sees in all her students.Courses conducted:
- 生动讲故事班： 如何让孩子着迷于华文故事 (Vivid Storytelling: Engaging Children with Chinese Stories) (2019)
- Storytelling with Papercraft (2018)
- Telling Folktales from Southeast Asia (2018)
- Fun with Asian Folktales (2017)
- Fingers, Chants, Music and Action: Encouraging audience participation during storytelling (2017)
尤今是一位屡获殊荣的新加坡华文作家。她迄今已经 出版了190多部文学作品，其中98部已在大中华地区（中国大陆，台湾，香港）出版，中国出版界曾以 “尤今热”这个词语来形容她受欢迎的程度。她的创作包括小说、散文、小品文和游记。
You Jin is an award-winning Singaporean Chinese language writer. She is the author of over 190 literary works, 98 of which have been published in Greater China (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong), where she is so popular her fans coined the term ‘You Jin fever.’ Her literary works include short stories, novels, travelogues, and essays.Courses conducted:
Yolanda Yu Miaomiao was born in north eastern China and has been living in Singapore since 1998. She has received multiple literature awards, including Singapore Tertiary Chinese Literature Award, Golden Point Award 2017 (1st place, Chinese Short Stories), and Golden Point Award 2015 (1st Runner Up, Chinese Poetry).
Yolanda published collection of short stories, "Neighbour's Luck" in November 2018. Her collection of poems was exhibited in multiple joint photography exhibitions with Shivaji Das, her husband. She also co-edited a documentary book on Chinese students in Singapore, published by Candid Publishing. Her fairy tale “A Giant’s Administration from INSEAD. In her professional work, she was holding director role in Mastercard and VP roles in Lazada / Alibaba. She is currently working as a freelance consultant on projects in market-entry strategy, coaching, and delivers workshop on Financial Technology and eCommerce.three wishes” has been featured in Singapore Writers’ Festival 2015. Her poems, travel log and short stories are collected in anthologies “From Walden to Woodlands”, "Call and Response", magazine & newspapers such as LianHeZaoBao and Bukit Timah Literature magazine in Singapore, New York Times Travel Magazine, Zuopin Magazine and Guangxi Literature Magazine in China.
Yolanda holds a Bachelor degree from National University of Singapore and Master of BusinessCourses conducted:
李玉瑶，上海译文出版社《外国文艺》（Foreign Literature and Art）执行主编，上海翻译家协会理事。编辑出版过菲利普・罗斯（Philip Roth）、理查德・耶茨（Richard Yates）等作家的作品，译作有《传家之物》（Family Furnishings，by Alice Munro）《快乐影子之舞》（Dance of the Happy Shades，by Alice Munro）《岛上书店》（The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry，by Gabrielle Zevin）《房间》（Room，by Emma Donoghue）《玛格丽特小镇》（Margarettown，by Gabrielle Zevin）《与狼共舞》（Dances with Wolves，by Michael Blake）《激情》（The Passion，by Jeanette Winterson）等二十余部。Courses conducted: