Monday, April 30, 2018

Writing Workshop: Weaving Stories for Kids and Teens

My writing worshop last Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Happy Grandma’s Cafe had been productive because participants left the workshop with story ideas. To achieve this, we looked at the status of Philippine Children’s Literature and the publishing industry. We set our own definitions on children’s literature based on Clarkson’s Ten Values of Children’s Literature. We discussed the storytelling model of David Leiber and how it can help us recall, craft and share our stories. Remembering favorite books read as children made us all see how diverse our choices and taste are in the reading materials we engaged in as kids growing up. And my, oh my! How our books “carbon” date us! Revisiting memories of childhood led us to discover the wealth of stories waiting to be shared and told. It was a wonderful afternoon of shared dreams and common goals!

One of the workhoppers, Ms. Alma Lumawag was brave enough to have her manuscript critiqued. And, sure enough, it helped her see areas of improvements on her manuscript. Getting feedback from peers is a helpful strategy for all writers.

Thank you, Happy Grandma’s Cafe for welcoming us! I hope to see you again soon!

For now, there are ideas to tame or prune. There are manuscripts to review. There are dreams to build. And there are stories to tell and weave!

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