April 10, 2007
It is the summer creative writing workshop season once again. The last time I applied and qualified for fellowship was in 2005 for the lone spot for Filipino poetry in the 12th Iligan National Writers Workshop. Last year, I served as director for the 3rd Juliana Arejola-Fajardo Workshop for Bikol Writing. In 2004, I was in Bacolod for the IYAS and in 2002, I was in Baguio for UST.
Aside from national workshops sponsored by the NCCA and the academe, I also joined critiquing sessions in Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA) and Writers Studio (Batch 14). Eventually, I became a member of these writers groups and participated in their activities. I think serious writers ought to join these workshops and groups for growth and direction. And if you ever hear a writer say that he was born with quill and ink, and needed no outside force or influence so that he could write, don’t believe him.
Other than workshops and groups, it also pays to attend lectures and public readings. I got a message from Ms. Paning Borja that Dr. Doods Santos will be giving a lecture entitled ‘The Rebel in Bikol Literature’. It will be held on April 12, 2006, 4: 30 pm at the Instructional Media Center of the Ateneo de Naga University. We should all check this out.
Meanwhile, we know that with technology almost everything is possible, even poetry readings via the internet. So I made up some poetry podcasts, and so far all of them are home-made. Visit them using myFriendster profile.