Foundation Steps Testimonial

Ms. Rehka Balakrishnan, Nurture Coordinator (Active Citizenry), Central Singapore Community Development Council

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What students learn from The Young Author Scheme

It is not easy to write a story of 3,000 to 4,000 words, as initially my story was very short. I had to write more plots, more creative words and phrases. It took a lot of time and in two months, I had finished writing my story. I drew the cover, with the help of my mother, who is skillful in art. I am very proud of my story as I went through a lot to write it. The pain, frustration, satisfaction and fun I went through are written all over it. I feel that I have made an achievement in this challenge. I never dream that I would be an author at this age.

I have learn the techniques of writing different types of genres and how to plan my story. The guidebook has many pages of useful vocabulary, interesting stories and games that are related to writing. The course is interesting and fun and it will be worthwhile for those who love writing to attend it.

Jocelyn Ng, Author of Romeo, Juliet & Fido,
published in Tales of Magic & Fantasy

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Stand & Deliver: The Storyteller’s Craft Testimonial

Sang Nila Utama

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Ms. Jennifer Chee, Centre Manager, Caterpillar Centre



Mr. David Donovan Lee and Ms. Faith Ong, Janus Education Instructors

I just couldn’t believe that I have published my first book! I feel so excited and yet very nervous and worried but proud of what Ive accomplished!

Asmidah Ong, Author of Eeew! Disgusting,
published in Tales of Aliens and Angels

The Young Authors Scheme has taught me how to express myself and my style of writing. However, on the first day, I could not form my story on my theme… I was at my wits end. Somehow, I tried this one idea, Perills Grange, which was one of my most interesting ideas.

The YAS has also trained me up for any kind of rejection. I rejected my own story four times during the first two days!!! I almost went into depression due to frustration. After that, though, I can say I have managed my story quite well. Besides that, I got my inspiration from my craving for ghost stories.

Amol Desai, Author of Perills Grange,
published in Tales of Ghosts & Ghouls

I’ve always loved writing short stories but Ive never written one more than three thousand words, mainly because I cant be bothered to finish them. Now that Ive completed a story of more than 6,000 words, I realize that writing is extremely fun. After I had completed this story, I have written another one and am currently working on the third. It is really fun because you make things up, not someone else, so everything goes exactly the way you want to.This story has taught me that we should accept people for who they are, and not stay away from them because of our differences. Everyone is unique and special, and we should always be friends with one another instead of teasing those different from us. We should try to make friends with everyone around us. You will never know, you and these people might have a lot in common.

Jennifer Yip, Author of Secret Diary,
published in Tales to Warm Your Heart

I think that the Young Authors Scheme was a very brilliant idea. I have benefited in many ways after the project. In addition to that, it has been a great help in my current studies. It has been especially beneficial in my Secondary school subjects like Literature and English. I have been trying to improve on my style of writing, my range of vocabulary words and my uses of phrases and similes since I finished the project. I have also made it a habit to write short stories regularly so as to improve my writing skills. I would have found it impossible to complete a story, ready for publishing, without the proper guidance I had received through the scheme. The Young Authors Scheme also built confidence in me that I could write a book.

Madhumita P., Author of Cravens Murder Mystery,
published in Tales of Aliens & Angels

Aditi V.D., Author of The Chain of Tears,
published in Tales of Magic and Fantasy

Since a very young age, I have been a lover of reading fantasy novels. Soon, it became a passion. From Enid Blyton until Harry Potter, Ive read them all. When I was in Primary 1, I started to think like an author and wrote little stories about baby dragons being lost in the jungle while on the way to school and little pixies and lost treasure. I didn’t write them to be published into a book or anything. I just wrote them because I liked to do so. Just as I loved to read, I started to love to write. To escape, into an imaginary world where anything is possible. Escapism from the daily school-to-home routine, escapism from running life.

Then came a real change. I was selected from school to attend the Young Authors Scheme. It responded to all my aspirations. It taught me to be more expressive and more focused on the plot of the story. It showed me how wide a range of genres there were to choose from.

And most of all, it taught me never – never – to stifle ideas. My vague storylines and plots were brought into sharper relief. I spent many a day wondering what I could write…and then the answer came to me. It was so obvious. I would write what I liked.

After all, enjoying writing the story is the whole point of it. So the evolving process started. I drew out idea after idea. Some of my ideas failed miserably, some seemed ridiculous and some are best not talked about.

But, undaunted, I drew out even more outlandish ideas until I came up with one I hadn’t read anywhere before – one that was mine alone. Sometimes sitting late into the night, I typed out chapters, at times deleting the whole thing because it just wasn’t right. Finally, it was finished. I then sent it to Ms. Khoo and waited for the results. It took one year, but it was so worth it.

N6 Cluster Teachers’ Testimonials

N6 Cluster Secondary Students’ Testimonials – Part 1

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