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Over the weekend, I ran my second Writer in the Gardens workshop at Gardens by the Bay. I took 20 families on a walk through a lesser known part of the Gardens to soak in the ambience and let our imagination wander with story ideas. With so much happening, I didn’t do a headcount and forgot the group photo but with parents and kids, I think we ended up with a sizeable group of about 50 people.

I was pleasantly surprised by a few friends from the past who showed up for the workshop. Two were my secondary schoolmates who brought their daughters for the workshop.

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With my secondary schoolmates and & daughters (Photo credit: Eleanor Kor)

An ex-colleague whom I have not seen in years came with her son. And a new friend I recently got to know in the past 6 months brought her daughter.

After setting the tone for the workshop with a short powerpoint (in the aircon of Canonball Room), we headed out at 5pm, which was a lovely time for a walk through the Gardens.

We stopped at 3 locations, where I asked the children to create a villain character at the Petrified Wood (at Location 1), draw magical creatures at the Understory/Mushroom Dome (at Location 2) and imagine what sort of magic created the Web of Life creatures (at Location 3).

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Photo credit (Ong Puay See)

Photo credit (Ong Puay See)



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 Photo credit (Ong Puay See)

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I hope the children took away ideas and new perspectives about finding stories in the Gardens and places all around us. Meanwhile, I also have homework to do as I hunker down to work on my Residency manuscript inspired by the Gardens!  

A blogger mum (Angie of Growing Hearts 123) brought her kids and wrote a lovely comprehensive review of the workshop here. Thank you Angie!

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Yesterday, I ran my Writer-in-the-Gardens Workshop at Gardens By the Bay. It was also the last day of the month long Children’s Festival there so Gardens was thronging with crowds.

But in Canonball Room, a roomful of children were getting a short primer on writing and drawing magical and memorable characters.

MelanietalkGuest author Melanie Lee shared with the children about how she started on her journey of writing her Squirky the Alien series and introduced some of her books’ characters.

I led the children through a creative exercise of looking at selected plants and flowers through a story lens and write or sketch characters inspired by nature.



Illustrator Patrick Yee took the children through an accompanying craft where they went from words to illustration.

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I hope the children took away sparks of ideas and inspiration to create their own stories.


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My 2nd (and last) Writer-in-the-Gardens Workshop is now open for registration!

This time, I will take a group of children (and parents) on a walk to selected spots in Gardens by the Bay where we will explore story settings and imagine magical characters. Award-winning illustrator Patrick Yee will also take children through an accompanying craft.

See details on registration for this free workshop – places are limited! Link for registration:  http://bit.ly/WriterintheGardens

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As part of my Writing Residency at Gardens By The Bay, I will be running a free children’s workshop on 2 April 2017 at 3pm – 4.30pm.

This workshop, for children of ages 6-8 years old, is based on the theme Magical Creatures, Memorable Characters, and aims to get children to imagine up magical story characters, as inspired by Gardens.

There will be an accompanying art and craft session by bestselling illustrator Patrick Yee, of the Harry Lee Kuan Yew and Bo Bo & Cha Cha picture books.

Award-winning author Melanie Lee will also share on how she created her character in her Squirky the Alien series.

To sign up for this workshop, please email Garden By the Bay based on the details below or click here which will take you directly to its website!


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I’m delighted to be selected as Writer-in-Residence at Gardens by the Bay this year, thanks to the National Arts Council Gardens Residency Initiative.

In this Residency, I will be working on a new children’s book manuscript.

I’ve frequented Gardens by the Bay many times with Caleb since his toddler days. My most recent memories involve chasing after him and staying eagle-eyed as he takes off in increasing speed.

I’m sure I will take in more of the Gardens’ beauty and serenity when I am taking it in a more leisurely pace…like after I drop Caleb in kindergarten! 

I’m looking forward to starting this Residency soon as I know it is going to be walks in the park.


Photo credit: Gardens By The Bay

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