Singapore, 23 June 2015 – Marshall Cavendish Education’s Budding Writers Project (BWP) returns for its 14th edition, aimed at encouraging children aged 7 to 16 to hone their creative and artistic skills, by developing literary works for other children.
Aspiring young writers from primary and secondary schools are encouraged to submit their stories and illustrations to a panel of judges comprising renowned local authors and publishing professionals. The winning Budding Writers are then given the opportunity to blossom into fully fledged authors as their creations are published, enabling them to experience the entire authorship process from start to finish.
Former winners of the Budding Writers Project have gone on to achieve literary fame. Among these are 2001 winner Amanda Chong and 2003 winner Tan Xue Yang, who subsequently won the Prime Minister’s Book Prize in 2006; and 2009 winners, Yuli Steffina and Anya Lee, both of whom went on to collaborate with renowned children’s author Adeline Foo. Other former laureates have also gone on to win literary awards such as the Commonwealth Essay Competition, Foyle Young Poets Competition, and the Angus Ross Prize.
Aside from the competition element, the Budding Writers Project has also inspired numerous young writers to follow their passion and pursue careers in related fields. One such example is Ms. Laura Or, the 2002 winner who has since taken on editorial and mentoring roles at the NUS Scholars Programme Writing Centre, in addition to her current position as a secondary school English teacher.
The profound effect of the Budding Writers Project goes far beyond the arts and literary scene, such as in the case of 2004 winner, Ms. Sharyl Thung. Despite ultimately finding her calling in the field of Science, Ms. Thung had benefitted greatly from the exposure gained through the project:
“Budding Writers Project not only gave me a platform to express myself, it gave me the invaluable experience, as a child, of being exposed to the working world and working with professionals. After winning the 2004 Budding Writers Competition, my family members and friends encouraged me to keep writing and drawing, thus I've had very little difficulty in those areas. It provided me with a major boost in confidence and inspired me to delve into different mediums of writing and drawing - digital, canvas, sculpting, poetry, prose, plays and so on. The ever-broadening horizon allows me to appreciate true masterpieces. This includes learning new languages - French, Japanese and Chinese - to being able to experience more Art and Science,” said Thung.
As part of the project, and to ensure a more holistic learning experience, Marshall Cavendish Education has also run a series of creative writing and illustration workshops and talks for various schools in an effort to build the students’ writing and drawing skills. Additionally, a creative camp was held over two days in June this year, giving students from Primary 3 to 6 the chance to boost their creativity through a broad-based, values driven programme, in line with recent MOE directives.
The camp also encompassed an ENVision Gallery learning tour by the National Environment Agency (NEA). During the tour, participants enjoyed multi-sensory experiences as they were guided through five different zones – air, land, water, energy and public health. The tour educated the children on current environmental issues and they were encouraged to share their thoughts on what Singapore should be, as part of the new Clean & Green Award. The winning entry for this award will also be included in the exclusive authorship process.
Joy Tan, General Manager of Marshall Cavendish Education, said, “The Budding Writers Project has been a labour of love for us at Marshall Cavendish Education. In line with our efforts of creating a more interactive and holistic learning environment for our students, we also understand the importance of giving them the means with which to gain valuable learning experiences outside the classroom. In recent years, a number of Singapore writers have gained international recognition, and we hope that, through platforms like the BWP, we continue to grow this pool of future literary talent.”
Mr Tan Wee Hock, Director of 3P Network Division, NEA added: “We all share a collective responsibility for our environment. Young people, who have the biggest stake in a sustainable future, have a crucial role in setting social norms and launching community action. This project empowers more young Singaporeans to shape the narrative for the future in their own words.”
The Budding Writers Project 2015 was launched in April 2015. Closing date for all entries is 16 July. Details on the Budding Writer’s Project 2015 can be found on Marshall Cavendish Education’s website: http://www.mceducation.com/buddingwriters/