The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2016
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Some Highlights From The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2016

Local and foreign literary stars gathered for one weekend at the National Bookstore and Raffles Makati’s The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2016 last August 26–28, 2016 at Raffles Makati. Headlined by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Adam Johnson and best-selling authors Paula McLain and Anna Todd, the event also brought out Pinoy writers and other creatives to share their knowledge and experiences on their work.

The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2016
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The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2016 was also an opportunity for writers, readers, and culture enthusiasts to interact with their literary idols and more. Indeed, the local publishing scene has experienced a renewed enthusiasm, with titles and work catering to a wider audience than ever before! With over 44 talks and workshops to attend to during the festival, we decided to go with four. Here’s what you missed!

“Writing in the Here and Now: Connecting Print and Digital Media in Journalism” with AA Patawaran

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AA Patawaran is the Lifestyle Editor of Manila Bulletin. He is also the author of two books! Write Here Write Now is a book of tips for writers of different levels and experiences. Hainaku, on the other hand, is a poetry collection. In this talk, AA Patawaran shared his insights on the status of print and digital media in journalism, as well as his experiences as a writer and editor. Even though print media is seen by many as a “dead” medium, he continues to remain optimistic about the industry. In the process, he also shared some advice for writers, such as being open to constructive criticism and maximizing every opportunity one has for learning.

“Fork in the Road: Food and Travel Writing” with Micky Fenix and Claude Tayag

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In this talk by Micky Fenix and Claude Tayag, the two writers shared the pivotal role of traveling in the art of food writing. Food writing is tied to culture and travel, and that it takes an adventure or two to know the stories behind popular local delicacies and other dishes. Micky Fenix also provided tips on food writing, such as embracing the process of research.

“Stranger than Fiction: How Real Life Shapes Stories” with the authors of Candy Feels, In Case You Come Back, and Coming of Age

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More often than not, real-life experiences have a huge influence when it comes to creative work. Whether its heartbreak, revenge, or personal achievements, everyone has a voice to share and the ability to craft stories that will bring people together. In this talk, the authors of Candy Feels, In Case You Come Back, and Coming of Age shared how writing helped them confront their experiences, and heal in the process. The writers also talked about their journey as writers, and the prevalence of hugot culture in writing.

“Team Real: How To Go From Point A to Point B” with Irish Christianne Dizon and Pete Rich

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In this panel discussion, Team Real editor-in-chief Irish Christianne Dizon and illustrator Pete Rich shared their journeys as a writer and an illustrator, respectively. The duo shared the challenges and the victories that came with the making of Team Real, as well as some behind-the-scenes anecdotes that came with the making of the book. Irish shared some of these with us in this interview!

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The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2016 is a testament that the Philippine publishing scene is thriving in so many ways. With new authors and publications to watch out for, it is important that we support them and encourage aspiring writers to pursue their craft.

What talks did you attend at the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2016? Share with us and tell us how the event inspired you to go after your creative pursuits! If this has inspired you to thumb through some local books, check out Phili’s book recommendations!

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