Summer Workshops 2009

Yes I know it hardly feels like summer now (was it really only a few weeks ago that we were complaining about the Arakis level heat?) but for those looking to hone their creative talents–or vicariously perfect them through their children–there are a still a few summer workshops which have yet to begin, so here are a few that I haven’t seen publicized much, as well as some new details on the Fully Booked Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing workshop.

First up we have three workshops at the Lopez Memorial Museum (found through Pinoycentric and PEZSEUM, the museum’s blog). These workshops are part of the Book Matters festival, celebrating books and reading:

Fan Fiction with Anna Ishikawa
Date: May 30 and June 6 (Saturdays)
Time: 9 am to 12noon
Fee: P700 inclusive of materials

This is something I find very intriguing, as I know that we have a horde of active fanfic writers in the Philippines, quite a few of whom are very good, or very popular–and on rare occasions: both. I think that fanfic is modern the gateway drug to writing–it certainly was in my case.

The workshop is to be given by Anna Felicia C. Sanchez Ishikawa (link is to her bio at as I can’t find a blog or website) an award winning writer and published author in books such as Nine Supernatural Stories (2005),  Pinoy Amazing Adventures (2006) and Loyola High: Freshman Diaries (2006).

Here’s the blurb from PEZSEUM: (Although I sort of wish they’d link to any fanfics she’s got online–I’d find it very cool if a Palanca winner pointed us to, say, her Naruto AU fanfic ^_^)

Are you a fan? What does it mean to be a fan? The modern phenomenon of fan fiction as an expression of fandom and fan interaction was popularized and defined via the Star Trek fandom and fanzines published in the 1960s. Author Anna Felicia Sanchez Ishikawa will explore fandom through a workshop on May 30 and June 6 from 9am to 12 noon. She will discuss its history, the characteristics and diversity of fan writing, and the challenges faced by a fan writer. Workshop fee is P700.

Sanchez-Ishikawa graduated with a BA in English Studies, major in Creative Writing, from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, where she has won awards for her fiction in the Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio Literary Contest and the Supernatural Story Writing Contest sponsored by the Institute. She placed second for a full-length play in English in the 2004 Palanca Awards. The past few years, she participated as a fellow for fiction in English in UP, Dumaguete and Iligan National Writers Workshops.
She was one of the young writers who received the UBOD New Authors Series grant, with the NCCA publishing her chapbook Frog Leap and Other Stories (2005). Her stories have also been part of the UP Press’ Nine Supernatural Stories (2005) and Psicom Publishing’s Pinoy Amazing Adventures (2006). She co-wrote Loyola High: Freshman Diaries (2006) with Mykel Andrada, Vladimeir Gonzales and Beverly Siy.

Creative Writing for Kids and Teens
Date: May 16 (for Kids), May 23 (for Teens)
Time: 10 am to 4pm
Fee: P1,000 (does not include lunch and snacks)

Nice to see that they’ve got a different track for teens and younger children (although I’d feel bad for a smart twelve year old if the Kids session was directed towards a median target audience of, say, an eight year old). I also hope that while the 1k fee doesn’t cover food there will be some food available for purchase, because starving kids = disaster (Headline: Museum Burned Down by Rioting Children).  The workshop will be given by Carla Pacis (couldn’t find a blog/website), an award winning writer (Palanca and PBBY I think) and published author of books such as Owl Friends, OCW and Enrique El Negro.


As kids and young people continue to learn about the world and discover its possibilities, certain skills come in handy. Reading and writing are two ways by which they can create and enter another world. These can also be ways of understanding the world and engaging with it. To encourage such engagement, Books Matter will have a creative writing workshop for kids on May 16 and a creative writing workshop for teens on May 23, both from 10am-4pm. This workshop will be facilitated by Ms Carla Pacis, a renowned author who has given many such workshops in the past. The workshops will be held at the Lopez Museum. In these workshops, participants will learn how to organize their thoughts and to discover the magic of words in poetry.

Classical Bookbinding Workshop
Date: May 16, 23 and 30 (Saturdays)
Time: 9 am to 12noon
Fee: P5,500 inclusive of materials

Okay, this one’s not writing related, but it is certainly a part of the book creation process that I haven’t seen a lot of press on. I may be a staunch believer in ebooks, but physical books will never go out of style.


Learn to make simple classical binding with hard cover using the lock-stitch technique on May 16, 23 and 30 from 9am-12noon with Loreto Apilado of the Cottage Industry Technology Center. The end result is an elegant, sturdy and strong classically bound book or journal. The workshop also includes the proper use of hand tools and basic equipment and the correct application of raw materials to reduce cost. The duration of the course is nine (9) hours in total, 80% of which is for the development of applicable skills and 20% is for the acquisition of knowledge, latest trends on designs and applications. Fee is P5,500 including materials.

Apilado has had seminars on papermaking, book arts and conservation here and abroad. He has been in charge of teaching papermaking, paper crafts, bookbinding; designing tools and equipment for such workshops; and researching on and disseminating information on matters related to such topics.

Now for the Fully Booked Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writing Workshop, I shot out an email with some questions to the organizer and got a reply from none other than Elbert. The workshop will be given by Roy Agustin (couldn’t find a blog/website), a freelance writer who teaches English literature as well as writing courses at Ateneo de Manila. The workshop is appropriate for all ages but geared towards older writers (I was concerned that it would aim for younger writers as with other summer workshops), and the Php1500 fee covers all four sessions (which I was fairly certain of, but the lawyer in me always wants things in writing).

Fully Booked has a few other May workshops as well. Here are the details from Fully Booked:

SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY WRITING explores the conventions of the genre, techniques and styles of writing, and elements of the form.

Venue: U-View
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM
Dates: May 20, 22, 27, 29
Fee: PHP 1,500

For details, email

Introduction to Travel Writing focuses on basic strategies that one can use to keep a travel journal or blog.

Venue: The Forum
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Date: May 9
Workshop is FREE!

For course outline inquiries, email

We are what we write. CREATIVE WRITING: SHORT STORIES allows us to use our experiences to tell compelling stories.

Venue: The Forum
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Date: May 12
Workshop is FREE!

For course outline inquiries, email

SPEECH WRITING AND DELIVERY is designed for both students and adults who wish to develop their skills in writing effective and memorable speeches. The module will also teach techniques on how to enunciate and deliver the speeches.

Venue: The Forum
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Dates: May 16, 23, 30 and June 6
Fee: PHP 1,500

For details, email

(Image from Joseph Robertson, creative commons, some rights reserved).

One response to “Summer Workshops 2009

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