Eva Wong Nava lives between two worlds. She reads copiously and writes voraciously. She holds a degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Hull where Philip Larkin was once the University Librarian; a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (P.G.C.E.) from University College London where the Institute of Education resides, and a certificate in Art Writing from Sotheby’s Art Institute which she undertook to better understand what the craft entails. She holds a M.A. in Art History and has taught children and adults how they can use writing for communication and play. Eva has been a speaker at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content on writing about diversity and representing marginalised voices. She is the founder of CarpeArte Journal, an online space, where flash fiction meets art. Eva’s flash fiction has appeared in various places and her articles on art have been published in international art journals. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and her debut middle-grade book, Open: A Boy’s Wayang Adventure, was awarded the bronze medal at the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, 2018. Eva lives in London with her family and two scampering squirrels.
Eva Wong Nava is represented by literary agent, Lydia Silver, of Darley Anderson. She writes across genres but focuses mainly on children’s picturebooks.
Eva is the co-founder of KidLit S.E.A., a community for kid lit creators in Southeast Asia, where she is actively promoting and elevating children’s literature in the region.
Eva is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is an active critique partner in her regional chapter.
She is also an official member and participant of 12 x 12, an international critique group and writing community.
As an advocate for diversity in children’s literature, Eva often gives talks on the importance of representing diversity in children’s books. She has spoken at international schools in Singapore and France, and parent groups in Australia. She is available to talk at your schools and communities. To find out more, click here. To engage her for a virtual author visit and talk, contact her here.
Picture Book Writing Workshops
Eva co-founded Picture Book Matters® as a platform to nurture emerging and aspiring picture book writers and illustrators in Asia. Picture Book Matters is generously supported by the Singapore Book Council. Click here for our next online course.
She can help turn your short stories into picture book stories in this mentoring and coaching workshop: ‘Turning Your Short Stories into Picture Book Stories’. Find out more here.
Read this interview where Eva explains how Flash and Picture Books intersect.
Read this piece of flash to hear Eva’s voice.
Contact Eva: email@example.com.
Eva is also a ghostwriter, writing coach, and an editor at The Writing Essentials. She is happy to offer her expert eye and her creative writing skills to you. As a diversity advocate, Eva believes in the importance of being a sensitivity reader and reads for autism, special educational needs, and subjects dealing with representation of diverse needs and characters, especially of the Chinese diaspora. She has worked with several international publishing houses on projects for sensitivity or diversity reading. Engage her for a diversity read here.
Creative Writing Workshops
Eva’s expertise as an art historian gives her the opportunity to combine creative writing and art appreciation. Telling Stories with Art(e)facts is a specially curated workshop using art works as writing prompts to write flash fiction. Engage Eva to teach your students here. Find out more about the workshop here.