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  Newsletter Oct 2012  
Catherine says Hello


Dear Parents, Teachers and Valued Partners in Education,

There is nothing more exciting for us than the opportunity to provide our young writers and thinkers more platforms to push their creations to the world. November is truly one of the busiest months for us, with the Young Creatives Forum just around the corner, as well as an opportunity to reach out to an international market, via the Hands-On Literacy Conference. This month also heralds the newest batch of anthologies under the Young Author Club book series, culminating the year with the prospects of licensing and expansion in 2013. In all, a month to look forward to, and a new path awaiting towards the coming year, with high hopes and full breadth towards the ideal that truly all Kids Can Write!

                                                                                                     ~ Catherine Khoo


17 November 2012 and onwards | Woodlands Regional Library Auditorium

Cambodia trip  

From Singapore's very own Young Authors comes the newest batch of anthologies of magic, fantasy and Asian flair!

Click here to pre-order the books online and pick them up during the Young Creatives Forum (YCF) on 17 November to get the anthologies at a discounted price.

Choose from four different packages:

PACKAGE A: Get one (1) copy of either Magic & Fantasy or Asian Tales for only $16.80 (UP $19.80) and pick up during the YCF 2012.
PACKAGE B: Get both copies of Magic & Fantasy or Asian Tales for only $32.00 (UP $39.60) and pick up during the YCF 2012.
PACKAGE C: Get one (1) copy of either Magic & Fantasy or Asian Tales for only $18.00 (UP $21) and have it mailed to your home.

PACKAGE D: Get both copies of Magic & Fantasy or Asian Tales + 1 year subscription to the Young reader Club magazine for only $60.00 (UP $75.60)

Pre-orders can be paid via cheque or through PayPal. Pre-orders are non-refundable once online payments have been made.

17 November 2012 | Woodlands Regional Library Auditorium | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m


Ever stronger in number and reach, the Young Creatives Forum (YCF) takes flight in November, recognising young authors and digital storytellers from Singapore and beyond. A platform for young writers and reporters, YCF 2012 will be held at the Woodlands Regional Library auditorium on 17 November, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., inviting close to 300 participants of industry partners, parents, teachers, and students.



Every last Friday of the month |Woodlands Regional Library, 4/F Everest Room | 4.00-5.30pm

Every last Monday of the month | Marine Parade Public Library, Activity Room 2 | 4.00-5.30pm

Building the next generation of thinkers and writers, the Young Author Club sessions at the Woodlands Regional Library and Marine Parade Public Library will have more interactive use of the Young Reader Club magazine, a bi-monthly literary magazine for 10 to 16 year olds.


Using both print and online versions of the magazine, attendees of the sessions have more opportunities to broaden their writing horizons and be further inspired by the magazineís features and award-winning stories. With monthly focus on issues that affect children, teens and parents, the magazine also provides resources for parents and teachers to use, to increase awareness, interactivity and general knowledge in English and literary arts.

Register to the Young Author Club sessions here.


The YCF is host to the short-listing ceremonies of the Young Author Awards, a regional writing competitionfor under-18s which has seen close to 400 submissions for 2012; and to the awarding ceremonies for the DigiTales Awards,a digital storytelling competition for primary and secondary students in Singapore. The YCF is supported by the Media Development Authority (MDA), the National Library Board (NLB), the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS), and the Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA).

Featured in this year's YCF are talks from Ms Amarjeet Kaur Gill, Director for Public Library Services of the National Library Board, and Mr Ray Lai, Assistant Director for Industry Operations of the Media Development Authority.

Testimonials from young authors who have won in previous awards will also be featured in the YCF, together with the launch of the newest batch of anthologies that feature stories written by under-18s for under-18s, and were illustrated by professional German artist Klaus Geisler and local artist Chong Ten Yee.

See our YCF invites here.

Varied Schedules starting 19 November | Joo Chiat & Bukit Timah Facilities | Varied Timings

Amazing Journeys

The November holidays are nearing and itís time to plan your holidays right! Why not spend your holidays on a worthwhile programme? Join the following course offerings in either Joo Chiat or Bukit Timah, to make your holidays even more creative:

ASPIRING WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS SCHEME. Draw and write? Yes, Research in early childhood development has indicated that the visual senses in 9 to 11 year olds are acute. What’s important is for him to express his thoughts. This highly interactive programme will get him to discover the creative writer in him. It also serves as an intensive introduction to composition writing. Aspiring writers will also learn the art of illustrating from a professional artist. The result: a compilation of the best stories in a specially-designed volume.

YOUNG AUTHOR SCHEME. Veteran author Catherine Khoo and her team of published authors will guide and mentor your child to craft his very own story of at least 3,000 words. Since its successful launch in 2003, the Young Author Scheme (YAS) has mentored hundreds of children. Many of its students have seen their own books published as paperbacks or e-books, which are available in all NLB branches. The YAS preludes the annual Young Author Award, supported by MDA, NLB, NBDCS and the Singapore Book Publishers Association.

ADVANCED YOUNG AUTHOR SCHEME. Intended for Secondary students, this is more than just a writing programme. The Advance Young Author Scheme has mentored hundreds of secondary school students into writing their own first book. Best stories from the A-YAS are entered into the Young Author Awards, a regional writing competition for under 18s. To help secondary students build up their descriptive power, vocabulary and writing skills, the A-YAS aims to: (1) to expose secondary students to writing at an advanced level workshop facilitated by established foreign and local writers; (2) to equip secondary students with advanced writing techniques and tips for structuring their narratives in the different genres; (3) to introduce them to fiction and non-fiction writing anchored on research and logical construct; and (4) to serve as a platform for secondary students to put together their own story book so that they can attain a sense of achievement from seeing their names in print.

Want to know more about our Programmes? Get the schedules and registration form here.
Pay via PayPal or credit card for these programmes here.

HSBC cardholders can now get as much as 30% discount if you use your cards to pay for our programmes online! Click here to pay using your HSBC card!

November to December 2012 | Various Schools | Varied Timings

Janus Education Services welcomes the following schools to the Unique Classroom™ Learning Suite:
Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) – Young Author Scheme
W3 Cluster – Young Author Scheme

Students under the TUC™ get a year’s subscription to the Young Reader Club magazine, both print and online, while their teachers get resource kits and worksheets too. Welcome to the family!

To learn more about our programmes, click here

November to December 2012 | Various Schools | Varied Timings

As an active sponsor of the Hands-On Literacy conference on 17 November 2012, organised by the International School Libraries Network, Janus Education Services will conduct a series of seminars on teaching creative writing to children and teens.

Now on its third year, Hands-On Literacy is the region’s largest gathering of international school librarians, teachers and administrative staff, which fosters the four macro skills of language for primary, secondary and upper secondary students.

To register for the workshops, click here

For more information, visit our website: