Panawagan para sa kontribusyon ng mga personal na sanaysay para sa Hay skul: mga sanaysay ukol sa hayskul sa Pilipinas

Ang saya ng high school 
Same in yours and my school 
Di na mapapantayan 
T’yak ganyan ang buhay na sadyang makulay 
Alaala kaylan man

-Sharon Cuneta, “High School Life” (1981)

Kung hindi ka repeater, apat na taon lang dapat noon ang high school. Hindi tulad ngayon, anim na dahil sa lintek na K to 12. Pero andami-dami nating kuwento noon tungkol sa kabalbalan, sa mga kaaway at minamahal na mga titser at kaklase, sa pakikipagsapakan at pakikipagtarayan, sa pagmamahal sa isa lang, tapos sa dalawa, tapos sa iba pa at maraming-marami pang ibang totoong kuwento na ating naranasan, na hanggang ngayon, nakabaon sa ating gunita. Minsan nababalikan ang mga kuwentong ito sa mga high school reunion. Tatawa tayo nang tatawa na parang bago sa atin ang mga kuwento kahit na alam naman natin lahat ang kuwento, at gasgas na ito, honest, kada reunion.

Bakit di natin subukang isulat bilang personal na sanaysay para marami ang makatuklas sa ating pambihirang karanasan noong high school mula dekada 60, 70, 80 o 90 o sa mas nakalipas pang dekada at sa kailan lang?

Maaring paksain ang magaan at mabigat, sa mga guro at kaklase, sa pamilya sa panahong ito, sa kakakurampot na budget sa edukasyon, sa kalidad o kawalan nito ng mga fasilidad, mga first time, mga last time, pagiging sosyal at making tusok-tukok the fishball, wika, frats at orgs, ang historikal at personal, ang winning at losing moment, at iba pa.  Bahala kayo, at bahala na rin kaming pumili.

Nang manariwa muli sa atin. Higit sa lahat, sariwa ito para sa mga mambabasa ng bagong henerasyon.  Kahit pa, magiging alaala na lamang ang apat na taong high school.
Isa itong panawagan para sa mga manunulat (at oo, pati feeling manunulat) na mag-ambag ng orihinal at hindi pa nalalathalang personal na sanaysay na nagtatampok ng kanilang gunita noong nasa high school. Maikli lang, mga 1,500 hanggang 2,000 salita, Ingles o Filipino. 

Isang personal na sanaysay para sa bagong henerasyon para sa ilalabas na antolohiya, tentatively titled “Hay-skul” na ie-edit nina Rolando Tolentino, Ferdinand Pisigan Jarin, at Joselito Delos Reyes. 

Isumite ang word file, dalawang pangungusap na bio, at pangungusap na ang ipinasa ay orihinal sa awtor at hindi pa nalalathala sa roland.tolentino@gmail.com, kampaylakbay21@gmail.com, at jwedelosreyes@yahoo.com.

Ang dedlayn ay sa Mayo 31, 2016.  Maaring ipasa itong panawagan sa inyong mga kakilalang manunulat na interesadong makapagpasa.
Hihintayin namin ang inyong mga sanaysay.

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“From the Eyes of a Healer” extends deadline of submission

“From the Eyes of a Healer” has extended the deadline for accepting submissions of literary contributions (nonfiction, medical anecdotes) in English or Filipino that explore the rich experiences of medical doctors and medical students as they deal with patients, families, colleagues, and even relationships attheclinic or hospital. Stories may be about small or bigtriumphs, frustrations, dilemmas, empathy, and burnout.

The submission guidelines are as follows:
1. The call is open to all past or present medical students of UP College of Medicine and post-graduate medical interns/residents/fellows/consultants of Philippine General Hospital.
2. Submissions should not exceed 1,500 words. Each qualified writer may submit only one manuscript file. If previously published, provide the bibliographical information.
3. All submissions should be single-spaced and attached in one document file. The prescribed font type is Arial, standard font size 12. Please include a bionote of no more than 300 words on the last page of the document.
4. Only online submissions will be considered. The document file to be attached should be in .doc, .docx or .rtf, and labeled with the author’s last name and the title of the story in the submission (e.g. Belen THE PATIENT.doc). The filename should also be indicated in the e-mail’s subject line.
5. The new deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM, Philippine Standard Time, on AUGUST 1, 2015.

The editors reserve the right to edit any and all materials accepted for publication.For inquiries and submissions, contact the editors at lifeofadoctor2015@gmail.com. Please specify ‘inquiry’ or ‘submission’ in the subject line.Authors of selected stories will receive a copy of the book in compensation. 

Call for contributions to From the Eyes of a Healer

We invite literary contributions (nonfiction, medical anecdotes) in English or Filipino that explore the rich experiences of medical doctors and medical students as they deal with patients, families, colleagues, and even relationships at the clinic or hospital. Stories may be about small or big triumphs, frustrations, dilemmas, empathy, and burnout.

The submission guidelines are as follows:
1. The call is open to past and present medical students of the UP College of Medicine and post-graduate medical interns/residents/fellows/consultants of the Philippine General Hospital.
2. Submissions should not exceed 1,500 words. Each qualified writer may submit only one manuscript file. If previously published, provide the bibliographical information.
3. All submissions should be single-spaced and attached in one document file. The prescribed font type is Arial, standard font size 12. Please include a bionote of no more than 300 words on the last page of the document.
4. Only online submissions will be considered. The document file to be attached should be in .doc, .docx or .rtf, and labeled with the author’s last name and the title of the story in the submission (e.g. Belen THE PATIENT.doc). The filename should also be indicated in the e-mail’s subject line.
5. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM, Philippine Standard Time, on June 1, 2015.

The editors reserve the right to edit any and all materials accepted for publication.  For inquiries and submissions, contact the editors at lifeofadoctor2015@gmail.com. Please specify ‘inquiry’ or ‘submission’ in the subject line. Authors of selected stories will receive a copy of the book in compensation. 

PEN to host launch of Elmer Ordoñez’s new book Snows of Yesteryear

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will host the launching of “Snows of Yesteryear” (University of the Philippines Press, 2014) by Elmer A. Ordoñez on 31 January 2015, 5:00 in the afternoon, at the Solidaridad Bookshop, Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila.

Ordonez is a SEA Write-Philippines awardee for 2008. He has written short fiction, poetry, essays, and scholarly articles, many of which are found in his collections “Sitting in the Moonlight and Other Stories,” “Emergent Literature: Essays on Philippine Writing,” and “The Other View” volumes, among others. He retired as professor of English and Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines. He has served as national secretary of Philippine PEN and chair of the literary arts committee of National Commission for Culture and the Arts. He is a lifetime member of the U.P. Writers Club and the writers’ group Ravens. He is literary editor and columnist of the Manila Times.

“Snows of Yesteryear” contains two parts, “A Family in War” and “A Sentimental Education.” The title is derived from a form of medieval writing known as ubi sunt (literally means “where are they”) practised by poets such as Francois Villon who wrote “Ballade” about women of times past using the refrain, “Where are the Snows of Yesteryear?”

Booklovers are welcome to the event. No admission fee. For inquiries, please email philippinepen@yahoo.com.

Call for registration: The Nonfiction Writing Workshop for Teens

The DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center and the National Book Development Board (NBDB) would like to invite parents to register their children for the Nonfiction Writing Workshop for Teens. 

This workshop seeks to assist the teens in developing basic creative skills and fine techniques in writing a creative nonfiction work (e.g., personal essay, journal or blog entry). Teens aged 13-17 years old are welcome to join the workshop. 

The workshop will be held on the 13th Floor, Henry Sy Sr. Hall, DLSU-Manila campus on 29 November 2014, Saturday, 9:00am -12nn. There are two divisions: English and Filipino. Admission to the workshop is free. Materials, handouts, and lunch will be provided. A certificate of attendance will be given each participant. 
Slots are limited. 

Interested parties may register their children by submitting the following data: 

1) Full name of teen
2) Birthdate of the teen
3) School affiliation of teen
4) Contact information (email, phone) of Parent
5) Preferred division (English or Filipino)

Please send registration information to: 

The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center
Miguel Building Room 208
De La Salle University, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila
Email: bnscwc@yahoo.com
(632) 5244611 local 233
If emailed, please indicate “Teen Nonfiction Workshop” in the space marked “Subject.” 

Deadline for registration is November 22, 2014.

 

Nuno sa Punso book launch sa Conspiracy, QC

Inaanyayahan ang lahat sa paglulunsad ng “Nuno sa Puso,” dalawang koleksiyon ng mga liham at pangaral sa pag-ibig mula kay Bebang Siy. Samahan ang mga makata ng Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA) at mga kaibigan sa sining sa isa na namang gabi ng tula at musika sa Setyembre 16, 2014 (Martes), 7-9 ng gabi, Conspiracy Bar, Visayas Avenue, Lungsod Quezon.

(Mula kay Orly Agawin, Flips Flipping Pages, http://agimat.net/nuno-sa-puso-book-launch/)

Ikaw ba’y nalolongkot? Nag-iisa? Walang makaosap?

Wag mag-alala. Narito na ang Nuno sa Puso—ang nakakalokang koleksiyon ng mga Liham—Payo ni Binibining Bebang. Nailathala sa Responde Cavite mula 2009 hanggang 2011, ito ay ang mga tinipong
sulat at pangaral mula sa isang babaeng nakapagpabalik-balik na.

Sa Nuno sa Puso, hihimayin natin ang iba’t ibang aspekto ng ating makukulay na buhay. Sasamahan tayo ni Binibining Bebang na bigyang-solusyon ang halos lahat ng ating quick turns at chill winds: mga suliraning pag-ibig, mga pasaway na ex, mga pakialamerang biyenan at pati ang paghahanda para sa pagpapatuli. Sa koleksiyong ito ay dadaloy ang masasayang payo na puno ng pag-asa, pagbabago, pagtitiwala at pagtawa!

Sa bawat tanong at bawat sagot, makikita natin ang sarap ng buhay, ang tamis ng pag-ibig at ang mga pangako ng bukas. At higit sa lahat, sa tuwing darating ang unos, walang ibang pinakamahalaga kundi ang harapin ito at yakapin, sabay kanta ng:

“Blame it on the rain that was falling, falling.
Blame it on the stars that did shine at night.
Whatever you do don’t put the blame on you.
Blame it on the rain, yeah, yeah!”

Facebook event id: https://www.facebook.com/events/769643216433341/

Earthquake stories deadline extended to May 15

Where were you on July 16, 1990? We need your stories. Deadline extended to May 15.

BACKGROUND
    The project aims primarily to complete the manuscript for a book on the Baguio experience of the July 1990 earthquake, titled “Histories in Memories: Remembering the July 16, 1990 Earthquake.” This project, which is a recipient of a grant from the National Book Development Board (NBDB) for the category local history, is authored/supervised by Anna Christie V. Torres, Dean of the College of Arts and Communication, University of the Philippines Baguio. 

    This project takes off from an initial pool of selected prose narratives from the literary corpus of an exhibit dubbed  “Gathering Stories & Weaving Memories: 20 Years After the July 16 Earthquake” by the Ubbog Cordillera Young Writers which was mounted at the Bell House in Camp John Hay on July 16, 2010. The commemorative exhibit which featured art installations of personal accounts in poetic and prose forms by Baguio locals and non-local survivors alike, was aimed at “collecting strength, celebrating survival and creating/recreating solidarities” with regard to the 1990 Luzon earthquake that hit Baguio City the hardest.
The book, which is basically an anthology of “mini-histories,” comprises (a) a collection of narratives from various contributors who experienced the 1990 Baguio earthquake first hand and (b) a critical essay that articulates the individual memories as collective experience and thus as history of the community which will be written by the main author. The project  generally aims to produce a book manuscript that serves both as repository of historical narratives regarding the Baguio experience of the July 1990 earthquake, and an “alternative” history of Baguio. As history, the book project aims (1) to contribute to the body of local history of Baguio City at a particular point in time (1990), and (2) to draw attention to valuable lessons in disaster awareness and reduction as gleaned from these mini histories. As a book per se, its three main components (the collection, the key critical essay, and the book design and layout) shall be subject to the discretion of the book author. 

TARGET COMPLETION
The target completion of the compilation of contributions is June 2014. The book manuscript is intended for completion in December 2014 and for publication shortly thereafter.

OPEN FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
This project not only identifies the importance of writing local history to a community, but more importantly recognizes the role and active participation of individual citizens in the writing of history. 
The project committee is now accepting contributions for possible inclusion in the book project “Histories in Memories: Remembering the July 16, 1990 Earthquake.” 

  • Contributions must be personal first-hand accounts of the July 1990 earthquake in Baguio City and its neighboring areas (i.e. La Trinidad, and Tuba, Benguet).  
  • The written accounts must be in nonfiction prose, and may take the form either of a short narrative or a short essay (i.e. various formats of creative nonfiction: real-life story, memoir, reflection, epistolary, sketch, mini biography, mini autobiography). 
  • Entries may be written in English, Filipino, or Ilokano. 
  • More than one entry may be submitted by a contributor.
  • Entries should be submitted in Microsoft Word document file format sent through email to the address baguio1990earthquake@gmail.com.
  • Submissions must be accompanied by a separately attached Microsoft Word document file of the bio data of the author.

Entries are subject to screening and editing by the book author. Authors whose contributions will be selected for inclusion in the book will receive a modest honorarium. The rights of authorship of the contributions remain with  the individual authors.  The rights pertaining to the book as a whole shall be reserved to the main author.

DLSU to host two lectures by writer Robin Hemley

The Department of Literature, in cooperation with American Corner Manila, invites the public to Two lectures by Robin Hemley, 04 February 2014, Tuesday, at The Learning Commons, 13/F, Henry Sy, Sr. Hall. “Memoir or Fiction? The tough choices and responsibilities when writing from life” will be at 2:40 – 4:10 PM, and “Painful Howls From Places That Undoubtedly Exist:  A brief history of the Fake Memoir, and a discussion of authenticity and artifice” will be at 4:20 – 5:50 PM

Abstract: In this lecture, Robin Hemley will give an overview of recent and not-so-recent controversies over supposedly true life accounts that turned out to be, under closer examination, largely fabricated.  While it’s bad faith to lie to the reader about the large events of one’s life or identity, part of the blame has to be borne by an all-too-often gullible public, ready to believe the most outlandish stories simply because writers have sworn they were true.  Shouldn’t we approach all “true” stories with a healthy dose of skepticism?  What happens when a story formerly understood to be true, is unmasked as a bald lie?  Do we necessarily say that the story has no more merit?  What about Untrue True Stories that are nonetheless beautifully written?  And where does fiction fit into this mix.  Do we condemn a writer who writes fiction that is supposedly autobiographical but turns out not to be so?  Why should the identity of a writer of fiction matter if his/her stories are convincing and moving?  Doesn’t this devalue the role of the imagination in literature?

Robin Hemley is the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction and the winner of many awards for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship.  His writing has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world.  He’s currently working on a novel set in the Philippines and is the author of INVENTED EDEN: THE ELUSIVE, DISPUTED HISTORY OF THE TASADAY (Anvil) that the BBC is making into a feature film.  From 2004-2013, he was director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa and he currently directs the writing program and is writer-in-residence at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.  

R.S.V.P. Department of Literature 5244611 loc. 541 or email donna.mina@dlsu.edu.ph

 

Literary submissions to Cruising now accepted

Manila Bulletin’s monthly travel magazine, will be starting its newest section, “The Written World” on our forthcoming issues. As writers fascinated not only with images and adventures but also with the written word, the editors deemed it best to open a literary section where we will feature poems of place and creative non-fiction that is related to travel or experience while traveling.

We welcome submissions written in English (creative nonfiction should not go beyond 1,000 words) via this email address: cruising.goingplaces@gmail.com and address submissions to The Literary Editor (with the subject headline: The Written World), Cruising #GoingPlaces.

Published authors will be compensated and receive a complimentary copy of the magazine where their work appears. We look forward to reading your literary works soon! Also, please share this to your writer-friends, too! 

FWGP Openbook event tackles the truth and lies of nonfiction writing

Truth? Writing about yourself and your opinions can be harder than making up stuff. Three non-fictionists talk about the agony, the ecstasy, and the various techniques that go into writing under that big umbrella the english 202 peeps natter about as Creative Non-Fiction (or CNF).

Food critic, travel writer, and doyenne of Pinoy horror Yvette Tan, essayist and geek icon Carljoe Javier, and literary journalist Karl R. De Mesa join forces in a one day only talk on how to have an opinion, dazzle your friends and family with your secret adventures, and talk about your awesome life like a bawse.

Facilitators:

CARLJOE JAVIER
Topic: Dealing with multiple personalities

I will talk about the idea of writing about oneself and one’s life, through different aspects of that life. I have written a couple of CNF books, as well as some criticism, and I have found that it isn’t just a chronicle of events, but it becomes a picture of life.

When I read over my older work, I realize that it is a different person who has written it. And now I am interested in the idea that we are essentially different people with each artistic undertaking. I’ll try and engage this idea, explore what it might mean for us, and how an awareness of this idea might help one’s writing.

KARL DE MESA
Topic: Bat Country: How I made peace with gonzo and lit journ
On the pleasures and pain of trying to fuse fiction techniques with reportage, and how an obsession with Hunter S. Thompson’s brand of participatory journalism has led me to some odd, very odd, extremely odd, and downright bizarre avenues, and how the hazards of it sometimes endanger my safety and sanity. Except less boring than I said it. Also, on how I made “Report from the Abyss”

YVETTE TAN
Follow Your Stomach: Food as an impetus for travel and writing.
Every project has to start somewhere, and in my case, it usually starts with food. More than just something to fill our stomachs or get us through a bad day, food can lend insight to a culture and provide a jump-off point for many an adventure.