Yangsook enjoys visits to schools, libraries, NGOs and talks at literary festivals and conferences. She has made over a hundred appearances as a speaker and teacher in US, Netherlands, Belgium, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, and Guatemala. Her presentation can be adjusted to suit the needs of any audience from a large assembly to a small group.
Events & Workshops
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Asia Society Texas Center, Kappa Delta Pi, NPR San Francisco, Dallas International Book Fair, TESOL Convention, Asian Festival of Children’s Content Singapore, Children's Museum of Manhattan, Room to Read Cambodia, SCBWI Tokyo, International School Eastern Seaboard, Yokohama International School, Vientiane International School, American School of Guatemala and various other institutions.
Programs for K-5
Birth of a Picture Book takes the audience through the creative process of The Name Jar bookmaking: the power of imagination, getting an idea, writing, storyboarding, and illustrating. This can lead to a name stamp design activity.
Young Writers Workshop provides the practical grounding of writing process from raw inspiration to finishing a chapter for a chapter book. A fun activity is included for plot development and building up a story structure.
Young Artists Workshop A special hands-on workshop where students participate in an interactive visual storytelling game, create a storyboard and illustrate a scene from it.
Chinese Dragon Workshop Experience yet another fascinating culture by learning about fun and unexpected facts about the Chinese Dragon! Follow step by step ‘dragon drawing’ techniques and reinvent it with exquisitely colorful dragon sets.
Asian Fantasy Character Design Workshop Meet mythical characters from ancient Asia: Filipino vampire Sigbin, Korean goblin Tokebi, a child sumo wrestler Kintaro, and Nine-Tailed Fox from Han dynasty. Design your own fantastic character using body parts of these legendary characters.
Full Day Visit for 5 Programs: $2000 plus travel
Single Program: $400 plus travel (Either for a large assembly or a classroom workshop)
*The minimum number of programs required for her visit are three.
Writers & Artists
Writing in a Child's Voice Write for children by increasing the imagination to go back to being the child you were. This workshop will cover all phases of children’s book writing from initial conceptualization, rewriting by maintaining focus and developing a style.
Storyboarding Workshop Children respond more strongly to images than words. This workshop focuses on the art of visual storytelling in pagination, sequence, composition, and atmosphere to lead and engage young readers most effectively.
“None of the kids wanted to eat or go to recess after Yangsook’s presentation. They were all inspired and wanted to write.”
Baker School, MA
“The children, parents and teachers really enjoyed Yangsook's workshops and enthusiasm she has for both writing and art. She has a real knack for connecting with the students and inspiring them to be thoughtful writers. I would highly recommend her.”
Principal, International School Eastern Seaboard, Thailand
"Yangsook was very entertaining, honest, and encouraging in terms of the life of an author/illustrator. I know everyone there enjoyed her presentation."
Teacher Education Programs, Penn State Harrisburg, PA
“Thank you so much for appearing at our store for a reading, chalk talk and book signing. Your warmth and charm captivated the crowd.”
Barnes & Nobles, Forest Hills, NY
“Ms. Choi was exceptionally prepared, professional and personable. Her readings were very well received and we have invited her to participate again next year.”
First Night Rutherford Festival, NJ
“It is an honor to meet you. Thank you for your wonderful literature and thank you for participating in Reading Day at the Residency.”
Jessica Dolye, First Lady of WI, 2006