Romance Masterclass: Editing Your Novel Seminar + Workshop to be held in Manila

Working on a romance novel that needs a little tender loving care? Get an editors’ perspective on what you should consider when writing or revising your work. Better yet, get four editors to weigh in on the matter! Join a morning seminar where four seasoned editors share their knowledge about making a good book great, plus join the afternoon workshop for a one-on-one session with one of them! Details below:

Romance Masterclass: Editing Your Novel Seminar + Workshop

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 8AM-12NN (Seminar) | 1-5PM (Workshop)
Venue: Bit Space Manila
Contact: romancewritersofthephilippines at gmail dot com

Rates: PHP2400 (Workshop + Seminar*) | PHP1400 (Seminar Early Bird Rate*) | PHP1600 (Seminar Regular Rate)

* Whole-day reservations and early-bird rate until May 15, 2016 only. From May 16 onward, only seminar reservations will be accepted. Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of proof of deposit.

* Workshop participants must submit their title, genre, blurb, full novel outline, and first three chapters on or before May 15, 2016.

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Balangay Productions to hold Seminar on Philippine Copyright and Textbooks

Why do many of our school textbooks contain factual errors and questionable content? Do textbook authors, editors, and producers really know everything they need to know as far as textbook production is concerned? And the burning question: How do we make sure that Filipino students are armed with good textbooks using quality, copyrighted materials from local and international sources?

It is indeed the perfect time for Balangay Productions, a multimedia company, to launch a SEMINAR ON PHILIPPINE COPYRIGHT AND TEXTBOOKS. The speakers during this event will share information that will not only help the participants obtain answers to the questions above, but also provide complete, recent, and factual data on a wide range of topics related to copyright and textbook production. Attendees will learn how they can properly defend their own rights, respect copyright materials and copyright holders, and determine which materials may be used for free and without permission.

The seminar will be held on the 7th of May, 2016 (Saturday) from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the C&E Information Resource Center, 1616 Quezon Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City. This seminar is perfect for those who are involved in textbook production, including textbook publishers, publishers’ representatives, publishing professionals, textbook coordinators, textbook editors, textbook authors/writers, textbook contributors, writers, illustrators, photographers, heirs of copyright holders, copyright coordinators, teachers/professors, members of the academic community who wish to publish their own textbooks or learning materials, and test/exam writers. The registration fee of P1,000/participant already includes a certificate of participation and some snacks. Attendees will also get the following: a sample permission letter, permission form, letter of query regarding the use of one’s work without one’s knowledge/permission, and other online resources on copyright for textbooks.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED; walk-ins will not be entertained. Those who wish to attend should register on or before April 30, 2016 by sending an email to or by texting 0919-3175708. The event is being co-organized by C&E Publishing, Inc., Freelance Writers Guild of the Philippines (FWGP), Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), National Book Development Board (NBDB), and Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society (FILCOLS).


Pambansang Seminar sa Pagtuturo ng Panitikang Gender-Based idadaos ng KWF

Magdaraos ng Pambansang Seminar sa Pagtuturo ng Panitikang Gender-Based sa dalawang lugar ang Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino sa pakikipagtulungan sa Jose Rizal Memorial State University at La Consolacion College-Bacolod. Gaganapin ito sa 13-15 Abril 2016 sa Jose Rizal Memorial State University, Lungsod Dapitan, Zamboanga Del Norte at 18-20 Mayo 2016 sa La Consolacion College, Lungsod Bacolod, Negros Occidental.

Layunin ng seminar na mapataas ang kamalayang pangkasarian ng mga guro sa pagtuturo ng panitikang gender-based. Magkakaroon ng panayam at talakayan hinggil sa iba’t ibang paksang may kaugnayan sa panitikan, wika, at kasarian. Magsasagawa rin ng pakitang-turo sa kuwentong bayan, tula, at maikling kuwento.

Bukás ito sa mga punong guro, tagapag-ugnay, mga guro sa Filipino at panitikan sa elementarya, sekundarya, at tersiyarya na nasa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa.

Para sa mga interesado, makipag-ugnayan kina Dr. Narcisa N. Bureros (09204034697, sa Jose Rizal Memorial State University at Prop. Edna Fregil (0927-2706463, ng La Consolacion College-Bacolod.

Talaban 2015: Seminar Sa Malikhain at Akademikong Pagsulat sa PNU

Inaayayahan ang lahat ng mag-aaral na interesado sa pag-aaral at pagsusulat sa larangan ng Filipino na nakatuon sa alternatibo at kontemporanyong media, panitikang eksperimental at multidisiplinaryong pananaliksik na lumahok sa isang makabuluhang talakayan, palitan at bahagian sa taunang palihan ng SANGAY PILANTIK ng Kapisanang Diwa at Panitik-PNU.

Ang taunang palihan ay may temang “Ang Kapangyarihan ng Panitik sa Panahon ng Ligalig at Pagtindig” na nilalayong pataasin ang kamalayan ng mga mag-aaral at kabataan sa mga kasalukuyang isyu sa lipunang Filipino at ang potensiyal ng iba’t ibang larangang nabanggit upang tumugon sa mga napapanahong hamong ito.

Pangungunahan ng mga tagapagsalitang propesor, media practitioner at manunulat ang mga paksang tatalakayin kabilang sina Bb. Ina Silverio (contributor, Philippines Graphic at Manila Today); Prop. Jonathan V. Geronimo (University of Santo Tomas); Dr. Rommel Rodriguez (University of the Philippines-Diliman) at Dr. David Michael San Juan (De La Salle University-Manila) bilang susing tagapagsalita.

Gaganapin ang palihan sa Agosto 8, 2015; Mula ika-8 n.u. hanggang ika-5 n.h. sa HRD Cafe, PNU-Manila

Ang halaga ng rehistrasyon para sa lektyur at sertipiko ay nagkakahalaga ng 50php para sa PNUANS at 80php para NON-PNUANS.

Para sa mga katanungan at pre-rehistrasyon, itext ang pangalan at pamantasan kay Bb. Ersela M. Carillo, Direktor ng Sangay Pilantik (0926-1657027/0999-3471938)

Call for proposals to “Against the Grain: Dissidence, Dissonance, and Difference in Asia-Pacific Writing and Translation”

“Against the Grain: Dissidence, Dissonance, and Difference in Asia-Pacific Writing and Translation”
Metro Manila, 22-25 October 2015

The Asia Pacific Writers and Translators (APWT) with the University of the Philippines (UP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts(NCCA) extend an invitation for presentations in the 8th international Asia Pacific Writers and Translators gathering to be held in Metro Manila on 22-25 October 2015. Sponsors include De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, the British Council, Ateneo de Manila University, and Anvil Publishing. This gathering offers a space in which to establish new literary connections and strengthen exiting ties in the Asia Pacific region but not limited to it.
The Sri Lankan-born Man Booker Prize finalist Romesh Gunesekera, and Philippine writers Jose Dalisay and Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, are invited keynote speakers.
The APWT gathering will consist of panel sessions of 70-90 minutes, each allowing four or five presentations on topics of interest to writers. Panels on translation are also very welcome. Presentations should be informal but thorough, and 10-minutes short. An open discussion with other panelists and the audience follows. This gathering is NOT a venue for academic/critical papers; writers make up the audience, some of whom may not be academics.
The APWT also enjoins participation in its literary readings/performances. Writing workshops will also be offered, details to be available later.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
Literature in a time of terror
Taboo and transgression
Writing violence, writing trauma
Writing across disciplines
Writing within/without/beyond the canon
Regional literature
Transmedial translation
Translating Westward, translating in-country
The writing life
Publishing outside the center
Powerpoint is discouraged.
Please submit your proposal, in one or two paragraphs, about your chosen topic and how specifically it can connect to our theme. This will enable us to place you in a panel of similar topics. The broader and more relevant the appeal, the more likely the acceptance of your proposal. The organizers may request modification of your proposal for a more effective and interesting fit.
Please also send a bionote (80 to 150 words) and a high resolution photograph for the gathering’s program.
Deadline for submissionof proposals is on 30 June 2015, at the latest.
Please direct all submissions and inquiries, subject headed PRESENTATION PROPOSALor NON PANELIST REGISTRATION INTEREST to apwt2015@gmail. com.
All participants are reminded that the APWT has no funds for travel and lodging of participants, and has traditionally subsisted on the private initiative of its members. You are encouraged to seek sponsorship for your participation.
Conference Fee
A modest fee will be collected to help sustain the association’s other activites. The fees for resident nationals of the host country are always discounted:
Full 3days: US$50 registration for APWT members; US$80 for non members.
One day: US$40.
You may opt to pay in US dollars or Philippine pesos at the current exchange rate through:
Landbank UP Diliman E.O.
G/F Southeast Corner
Bulwagang Rizal Bldg
CAL, UP Campus
Diliman, Quezon City
Landbank Swift Code: TLBPPHMMXXX
Peso Account:
DECL Foundation Inc.
US Dollar Account:
Department of English and Comparative Literature Foundation Inc
Registration for Non-panelists
Please register your interest if you would like to only attend the gathering.
Formal Letter of Invitation
We will send individual letters of invitation upon acceptance of your proposal, or upon request if you require this to apply for funding.
We will provide a list of affordable hotels and their rates close to the conference venue.

Mga seminar, forum, at paglulunsad ng aklat ng KWF ngayong Hunyo 2015

12 Hunyo – Konsultasyon sa Ortograpiyang Ilokano
18-20 Hunyo – Uswag Bukidnon!
22-24 Hunyo – Uswag CALABARZON!
27 Hunyo – Paglulunsad ng aklat na Bayung Sunis ni Zoilo Hilario
29-30 Hunyo – Uswag Bacolod!

Tungkol sa pambansang seminar-workshop na “Uswag: Dangal ng Wikang Filipino”:

Sinimulan ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) noong 2013 ang “SULONG: DANGAL NG FILIPINO” bilang pag-alinsunod sa mandato nitong magtaguyod ng patuluyang pagpapaunlad at pagpapayaman pa ng wikang Filipino at iba pang mga katutubong wika sa bansa. Sa pamamagitan ng naturang programa ay unti-unting naitaguyod ng KWF ang sarili nitó bilang awtoridad sa mga usaping pangwika sa bansa. Ang panimulang hakbanging ito ng KWF ay naglalayong isakatuparan ang estandardisasyon ng mga wika sa bansa.

Nakita ng KWF ang kahalagahan na ipagpatuloy ang naturang programa na may pagsulong mula sa estandardisasyon ng wikang Filipino tungo sa pagpapalaganap ng wikang Fiipino bilang Wika ng Karunungan, sa pamamagitan ng programang “USWAG: DANGAL NG WIKANG FILIPINO.” May layunin itong higit na tutukan ang pagpapasigla ng wikang Filipino sa tulong ng mga katutubong wika sa bansa—kung kayâ simboliko ang pagpapangalan sa programa sa salitang “uswag” ng mga Bisaya na nangangahulugang pagsulong din, ngunit higit na may bigat sapagkat isa itong pagsulong na ang tunguhin ay isang pambansang kaunlaran. Sa pagsasakatuparan ng proyektong ito, matalik na makikipag-ugnayan at makikipagtulungan ang KWF sa mga pangunahing organisasyong pangwika at mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan. Higit sa lahat, nais na itanghal ng KWF sa madla ang mga pakinabang sa paggamit at pagtataguyod sa wikang Filipino.

Layon ng seminar-workshop na bigyan ng de-kalidad na pagsasanay ang mga guro sa Filipino ukol sa wika, panitikan, at kulturang Filipino sa pamamagitan ng mga paksang Ortograpiyang Pambansa, KWF Manwal sa Masinop na Pagsulat, at Korespondensiya Opisyal.

Itinuturo sa Ortograpiyang Pambansa ng KWF ang wastong pagbaybay ng mga wikang katutubo at ng wikang Filipino tungo sa estandardisasyon ng mga wika sa bansa. Ngayong 2015, idinagdag sa seminar-workshop na ito ang pagtuturo ng KWF Manwal sa Masinop na Pagsulat upang maging patnubay at sanggunian sa masinop na pagsulat ng mga guro, estudyante, at mga iskolar para sa kanilang pananaliksik at pagsulat. Ang Seminar sa Korespondensiya Opisyal ay itinataguyod ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino sa pakikipagtulungan sa Kagawaran ng Interyor at Pamahalaang Lokal (DILG), partikular na ang Local Government Academy sa ilalim nitó. Ito ay tatlong araw na gawain na seminar na dadaluhan ng mga tagapamahala ng Yunit / Sangay Pantauhan ng pamahalaang lokal, information office, atbp. upang sumailalim sa puspusang paggamit ng wikang Filipino sa opisyal na mga transaksiyon, komunikasyon, at korespondensiya ng mga opisina o ahensiya ng pamahalaan. Sa pangkalahatan, ang naturang pambansang seminar-workshop ay naglalayong maitampok ang matayog at puspusang paggamit ng wikang Filipino sa opisyal na mga transaksiyon, komunikasyon, at korespondensiya alinsunod sa Executive Order Blg. 335, serye 1991 ni dating Pangulong Corazon C. Aquino.

Ang “USWAG: DANGAL NG WIKANG FILIPINO” ay itinataguyod ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) sa pakikipagtulungan sa Pambansang Komisyon para sa Kultura at mga Sining (NCCA), Kagawaran ng Edukasyon (DepEd), Komisyon sa Lalong Mataas na Edukasyon (CHED), at iba pang mga lokal na organisasyon at pambansang ahensiya ng pamahalaan.

Sa kasalukuyan, nakarating na ang pambansang seminar-workshop na ito sa sumusunod na lalawigan: Batanes, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Benguet, Isabela, Cagayan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Albay, Camarines Sur, Palawan, Cebu, Capiz, Aklan, Agusan del Norte, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Negros Occidental, at South Cotabato.

FWGP’s Ime Morales talks about tips and secrets for freelance writers

Today, everyone has become a writer. With the world market becoming more open to cheap labor from countries like the Philippines, more people have started to write for money. This leads to short-term income opportunities for more writers, but in the long run, it could bring about serious economic problems for Filipinos who write for a living. 

Many so-called writers are going into freelance writing without any idea about fair practices and ethics. Some don’t even have the required skills and minimum expertise necessary to become an effective commercial writer. The Freelance Writers’ Guild of the Philippines (FWGP) has taken upon itself the role of helping educate freelance writers about their rights and responsibilities. The Guild is promoting awareness through social media and by holding talks and lectures, like the one happening on July 4.

FWGP founder Ime Morales is going to deliver a 3-hour talk to feature basic freelance writing tips and secrets, including a short segment with editor Rheea Hermoso-Prudente who will speak about taxation for freelancers. And to underline the fact that many freelance writers these days sometimes cannot make headway in their careers because of restrictive rates, Ime is opening the event to all writers on a pay-what-you-can basis. Please refer to the event posters for more details.

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IELTI holds seminar-workshop on literary criticism for teachers

The International English Learners Training Institute (IELTI) will hold a seminar-workshop on understanding literary criticism to help enhance and make more effective the teaching of literature on June 12-14, 2015 at the Hotel Supreme Convention Plaza, Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City.

The seminar aims to help participants discuss issues in teaching approaches to text analysis; examine literary texts critically; demonstrate basic knowledge in approaches such as New Criticism, Feminist Criticism, Marxist Criticism, among others; and identify the roles and tasks of both the student and the teacher in understanding literary texts.

The lecturers are Prof. Danilo Francisco M. Reyes, associate chair of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, and Prof. Louie Jon A. Sanchez, poet and scholar, and currently consultant for media programs of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.

Live-out registration fee is P3,800, inclusive of lunch (2), snacks (4), seminar kit, handouts, bag, and certificates.

Live-in registration fee is P5,300, inclusive of breakfasts (2), lunch (2), dinner (2), snacks (4), hotel accommodation for 2 nights, seminar kit, handouts, bag, and certificates.

For inquiries, registration, or requests for invitation, Department of Education advisory, or Commission on Higher Education endorsement, call or text 09399260272; or email

Libreng Seminar sa Panitikan, handog ng KWF at GSIS

Magdaraos ng Pambansang Seminar sa Pagtuturo ng Panitikang Gender Based sa 6-8 Mayo 2015, 8:00 nu-5:00 nh sa GSIS Theater, Financial Center, Lungsod Pasay ang Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino at Paseguruhan ng mga Naglilingkod sa Pamahalaan.

Layunin ng seminar na mapataas ang kamalayang pangkasarian ng mga guro sa pagtuturo ng panitikang gender based. Magkakaroon ng panayam at talakayan hinggil sa iba’t ibang paksang may kaugnayan sa panitikan, wika, at kasarian. Magsasagawa rin ng pakitang-turo sa kuwentong bayan, tula, at maikling kuwento.

Bukás ito sa mga punong guro, tagapag-ugnay, mga guro sa Filipino at panitikan sa elementarya, sekundarya, at tersiyarya na nasa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa.

Walang babayarang rehistrasyon. Para sa pagpapatala, tumawag sa (02)736-2525 lok. 105, (02)708-6972, o mag-email sa, o mag-text sa 0932-6348721. I-email o i-text ang buong pangalan at institusyong kinabibilangan. Ang dedlayn ng pagpapatala ay sa 22 Abril 2015.

Encuentros en la literatura / Encounters in Literature to be hosted by DLSU and Instituto Cervantes de Manila

Next Magnifico: Encuentros en la literatura / Encounters in Literature featuring Vicente Garcia Groyon and Juan Manuel de Prada on 18 March 2015, Wednesday, 12:45-2:15 PM, at the European Documentation Centre, Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De La Salle University, Manila.

The even will be hosted by Timothy R. Montes.

“Encuentros” is organized by the DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center and Instituto Cervantes de Manila. It is supported by the the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE), under the Mobility grants awarded by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).