If your child has an active imagination and loves writing, they will adore these creative classes in Singapore
Whether your child dreams of being a writer or just likes to make up stories, creative writing is a cathartic exercise that allows children to make sense of what is happening in their lives and their ever-changing feelings. It’s something they can try out on their own at home, but if you want to provide a bit more guidance, here is our guide to some of the many creative writing classes for kids in Singapore.
If creativity rather than the correct use of commas is your focus, Monsters Under the Bed was set up “by writers, for writers” to develop your kids’ literary flair. Using games and reading, the syllabus is designed to keep your kids in love with writing – improvements in their school work just happen to be one of the unintended side effects.
Monsters Under the Bed, 111 Middle Road, National Design Centre #03-05, Singapore 188969, p. 6100 4363.
To improve school results through creativity
Courses at The Writer’s Place offer a great range of options, from brushing up on grammar skills through to writing animated films, and everything in between. The main goal is to help kids achieve better school results through stronger English composition writing and comprehension, but in a super-fun way! To get the most out of budding young writers, the approach here is interactive, aiming for maximum participation and active learning. The methods of the school are really proven in the results: since 2009, the majority of P6 students attending courses at The Writer’s Place scored A and A* for their PSLE English exam. And you never know, you might have the next big Frozen script on your hands at the end of it all.
The Writer’s Place, Woodlands Community Club (p. 9183 2129) and Woodlands Galaxy Community Club (p. 9452 5144).
For a fresh approach
For Morris Allen English, composition writing and creative writing are one and the same – it all comes down to the approach. The Centre includes an element of creative writing in regular enrichment courses as well as a pure creative writing course for those with imagination to spare, and also caters to those not yet qualified to put pen to paper, with creative story telling classes for the very young.
Morris Allen English, locations throughout Singapore, p. 6256 5656.
For an English school that prides itself on being fun, try Jan & Elly. Courses are offered for both creative writing and composition and are designed to help kids “enjoy themselves silly” – so they actually remember the things they’ve learned.
Jan & Elly, locations throughout Singapore, p. 6481 4223.
Lorna Whiston is, first and foremost, about educational excellence. Their creative writing courses teach just that but with an eye on the MOE’s guidelines for primary school English. Pre-formal education age, little tykes aged 18 months to three-and-a-half are accounted for through learning-through-play classes. And if you suspect only you hold the key to unleashing your child’s creativity, classes for teachers and parents of 5 to 12-year-olds are also offered.
Lorna Whiston Schools, School of English, locations throughout Singapore, p.6253 7688, 6251 7662.
For the avant-garde
Ever considered how a sponge would feel getting wet? Or what you would say to a disgruntled hen? Creative Horizons use an avant-garde approach to stimulate kids’ creative juices as a stepping-stone to learning structure. There are school terms and holiday classes and all promise to cater to your child’s own learning style, whatever it may be!
Creative Horizons, locations throughout Singapore, p. 6734 4201.
Lead image: Monsters Under the Bed