This year’s AFCC opened with Candy Gourlay’s keynote address on why Asia needs more writers for children. Ani Almario also talked about Adarna House’s experience in publishing children’s books in five Philippine languages, while Andrea Pasion-Flores introduced Jacaranda Agency in a panel on working with literary agents.
During the breaks, I chatted with Cheeno Marlo Sayuno, Rommel Joson, Jhoan Medrano, and Maria Gabriela Aparentado. The four of them were participants in the Writers and Illustrators Retreat, which happened at Bintan, Indonesia days before the conference.
And the day ended with a celebration of Singaporean creators and books for children since Singapore is celebrating its 50th year of statehood.
I started my second day with Sarah Odedina and Allison Norrington’s talk about transmedia publishing. They looked at the trends in digital publishing and social media and how these affect creators for children. Then I listened to Anushka Ravinshakar, who reacquainted us with the uses of humour in children’s works.
On the third day, I decided to listen to several YA authors. AJ Betts shared her experience in writing about love without the cliché and the melodrama; Elaine Forrestal presented her process of writing the historical YA fiction, Straggler’s Reef; and Reenita Maholtra Hora and Suzanne Kamata talked about writing across cultures.