About Eva Wong Nava

Hello! Welcome to my website. I am just so delighted you’re here. There’s more about me if you scroll down.

Eva Wong Nava holding Mina’s Magic Malong

Eva Wong Nava was born on a tropical island where a merlion spurts water. Her ancestors braved monsoon winds sailing from the Middle Kingdom to British Malaya to plant roots in Southeast Asia. When the winds changed, her relatives sailed again and found another home somewhere in the western hemisphere, braving snow storms and hail.

She combines degrees in English Literature and Art History, and writes stories that explore identity, culture, and belonging by adding a dash of magic. Eva has done many things in life, like banking and teaching, but writing remains her most favourite thing to do. She has written an award-winning middle-grade novel (Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, 2018) and several fiction and nonfiction picture books. Eva has been a speaker at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content on writing diverse books and representing marginalised voices. She has performed and spoken to parents and children in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, and Singapore.

Eva is passionate about how her culture, heritage, and people are represented in books, films, and media. She is an advocate for diversity, inclusion and equality in children’s publishing and continues to lend her voice and words to further positive changes. Eva is a citizen of the world, having lived in several countries and continents, but she calls England home and plays often in the playgrounds of Europe. She lives in the Land of Albion with her family, two scampering squirrels, and a regal fox.

Eva is represented by literary agent, Lydia Silver, of Darley Anderson. She writes across genres but focuses mainly on children’s picture books.

If you have a writing project that you think Eva would be interested in, please contact Lydia Silver.

She is a member of the Bubble Tea Writers Network for BESEA (British East and Southeast Asian) writers, scriptwriters, illustrators and thespians.

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 taught at schools in England, 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.

To understand why children need to see themselves in books, click here.

Along with Debasmita Dasgupta, Eva co-founded Picture Book Matters. Image courtesy of Singapore Book Council

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: enquiries@evawongnava.com.

Work-for-Hire Projects

image courtesy of A Medium Corporation

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.

Interviews: Ethos Books Blog; Sassy Mamas Singapore; National Reading Movement; Samara Lynch

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