July 1, 2013

You’re all invited!

Truth Hurts, and Other Lies of Non-Fiction

An OpenBook Event from the Freelance Writers’ Guild of the Philippines (FWGP)

Date: July 14, 2013, Sunday

Time: 2:00 p.m.
Fee: Php 150
Venue: Sacro Costato, 13 Scout Magbanua St. Quezon City (Tel: 374.32.03)

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.

Note: Books will be available for sale during the event. There will also be a book signing portion with the three featured authors after their talks.



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.


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”

Topic: 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.

How to Get There:

The venue is at Sacro Costato, a convent at 13 Scout Magbanua St. in Quezon City. It is located near Capitol Medical Center.

More details and a map if you need it at THE REDIRECT.

UPDATE / AUGUST 18, 2013: 

Hey we got some press off the event!

Tips for writing nonfiction, from eating steak to visiting an Ampatuan mansion

By , GMA NewsAugust 14, 2013 4:01pm

Your every meal is documented on Instagram, and your blog is filled with restaurant reviews. Eating for a living sounds like a dream job, but before you set out to become a food writer, consider some advice from a pro.

Like other forms of creative nonfiction, there’s more to writing about food than simply going to a restaurant and writing about it after.

For freelance writer Yvette Tan, a simple wish and a bit of luck led to her getting paid to eat.

“I just thought, ‘Hey I write for a living, I want to write about food and get paid to eat.’ I was lucky enough to find someone who could introduce me to people to make that happen,” she shared at the Freelance Writers Guild of the Philippines OpenBook Forum, “Truth Hurts, and Other Lies of Nonfiction.”

Although it sounds easy, the reason Tan was able to grab the opportunity when it came was that she was prepared in the first place. “Before that, I was reading a lot of food and travel articles,” she said.

The rest of it is HERE. 


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