Talks & Workshops

Lesley-Anne Tan and Monica Lim conduct school talks and creative writing workshops as authors of the Danger Dan series.

Pic: Mindy Tan for Epigram Books


School Assembly Talk

Writing – Not Just About Compositions! 

This talk is a sharing session with heart, designed to inspire the love of writing in students. Lesley-Anne candidly talks about her journey that led to her becoming a published author at age 16. Some of the areas she touches on include: 
  • How to nurture the love of reading 
  • How she discovered her passion for writing in primary school despite finding primary school compositions uninteresting 
  • How she overcame personal challenges and barriers 
  • The importance of owning your passion 
Lesley-Anne and Monica also share how the Danger Dan series came about and their writing style. They offer a rare glimpse behind the complex process of getting published which involves many steps: 
  • Pitching
  • Writing 
  • Editing 
  • Illustrations 
  • Design 
  • Proof-reading 
  • Printing 
  • Books hit the shelves at bookstores! 

Book sale and signing by the authors can be arranged.

Duration: Half an hour
Age group: Primary 3-6


Creative Writing Workshop

Unleashing Your Imagination!

This highly creative workshop is designed to inspire the love of writing in students, beyond formulaic compositions. Mother-daughter duo, Monica and Lesley-Anne, lead students in a series of fun games and activities to get their creative cells buzzing and unleash the writer in them!

During the workshop, the students are guided to create an original story of their own, with unique characters, exciting plots and a swirl of quirky details. No more dastardly cliches and tired, worn stereotypes!
Time will be allocated for Question and Answer with freebie giveaways. Book sale and signing by the authors can be arranged.

Duration: Two hours
Age group: Primary 3-6

Feedback from student participants - English Language Seminar (East Zone) Writers Congress 2014:

80% - ‘Excellent’
More than 95% - ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very good’

Comments
“The sharing session was really inspiring!”
“Showed me how to write more creatively.”
“I want to create my own similes!”
“One of the best programmes I’ve attended.”


School Visits in 2017

Dulwich College (Singapore)
Kheng Cheng School
Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School
Lianhua Primary School
St Stephen's School
Singapore American International School
Temasek Primary School


School Visits in 2016 

Canadian International School
Chatsworth East International School
Holy Innocents Primary School
ISS International
MacPherson Primary School
St Hilda's Primary School
United World College (East)


School Visits in 2015

Bukit View Primary School
CHIJ Kellock (Primary)
Da Qiao Primary School
Holy Innocents Primary School
North Vista Primary School
Qifa Primary School
Raffles Girls' Primary School
Riverside Primary School
United World College (East)
Winstedt School

School Visits in 2014

Anglo-Chinese School (Junior)
Corporation Primary School
Holy Innocents Primary School
Nanyang Girls High
St Hilda's Primary School
St Joseph's International
St Nicholas Girls' School
Temasek Primary School

If you would like to know how to arrange for a school talk or workshop, please get in touch with Denise Tan of Closetful of Books @ email: denise@closetfulofbooks.com or phone: 9146 5522