Thursday, October 24, 2013

City Fiction 100: A Fiction Writing Masterclass

As part of the POPtastik Pinoy! program of activities held in celebration of Text in the City: The 4th Philippine International Literary Festival, Ayala Museum will hold City Fiction 100, a flash fiction masterclass, on November 15, 1:30-3:00 p.m. This workshop is open to professional and budding writers of all ages. Participants will get feedback from acclaimed writers Sarge Lacuesta, Andrea Pasion-Flores, and Krys Lee, with Kristine Fonacier as Moderator.

Write about a city, real or imagined in 100 words or less.
City Fiction 100: A Fiction Writing Masterclass
15 November 2013
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Open to professional and budding writers of all ages. Get feedback from writers Krys Lee and Sarge Lacuesta, and literary agent Andrea Pasion-Flores, with travel writer Kristine Fonacier as moderator.

Presented by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) in partnership with Filipinas Heritage Library and Ayala Museum

  • Submit your works of flash fiction saved in .doc format to Camille Dela Rosa ( and Verne Ahyong (
  • Multiple entries are allowed. 
  • E-mail must have the subject heading “City Fiction 100 Entry,” and include the writer’s full name, cellular phone number, and short bio (3-4 sentences only). 
  • Only 25 slots are available. Early submissions will be given priority. 
  • Deadline for submission is on 2013 November 8. Final list of participants will be announced on November 11. 
  • A Php 1,000 workshop fee will be collected from the 25 chosen participants. Fee includes a copy of Krys Lee’s short story collection Drifting House. Fee also includes access to all panels for the rest of the day. 
  • Only one story per participant will be discussed during the masterclass. The decision of the NBDB screening team is final.
For inquiries, e-mail Camille Dela Rosa ( or Verne Ahyong ( You can also call Verne at 759-8288 loc. 46.
About the facilitators:

Krys Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in California and Washington, and studied in the United States and England. Her debut book Drifting House by Viking/Penguin, USA, and Faber and Faber, U.K., made the San Francisco Chronicle and Kansas City Star 2012 best books of the year list. She was awarded The 2012 Story Prize Spotlight Award and was a finalist for the 2012 BBC International Story Prize.

Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Narrative magazine, Granta (New Voices), The Guardian, Financial Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Conde Nast Traveller, UK, and other publications. She is a professor of creative writing at Yonsei University's Underwood International College.

Andrea Pasion-Flores is the former Executive Director of the NBDB where she was known for her pioneering work introducing high-impact literary events to the country. Starting with Lit Out Loud (2010), followed by The Great Philippine Book Café (2011), and Read Lit District (2012), the Philippine International Literary Festival has made the country a permanent fixture on the literary calendar.

Andrea is also a copyright lawyer. She teaches English at the University of the Philippines, as a member of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. She is now the Manila-based agent of Jacaranda, a full-service literary agency catering to both first-time and established writers. She may very well be the country’s first literary agent.

Amado Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta (a.k.a. Sarge Lacuesta) is writer who has won the Philippine Graphic Awards for Fiction, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, and NVM Gonzalez Award, among other accolades. Life Before X and Other Stories (2000), his first short story collection, won the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award and the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award, while his second collection White Elephants: Stories (2005) also won the National Book Award. His recently published his third collection Flames and Other Stories (2009).

Sarge edited the books Latitute: Writing from the Philippines and Scotland (2005) and Fourteen Love Stories (2006). He is now the Literary Editor of the Philippines Free Press and Editor-at-Large of Esquire. He has received several local and international grants and writing fellowships including The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 2007.

Kristine Fonacier is a food writer, travel writer and magazine editor whose works have been published in Lonely Planet, Smile, Mabuhuay, Esquire, Rogue, Pulp, and MTV Ink, among other publications. She is now associate editor at Women’s Health, while working on a book of travel stories. 
Jei Ente, Senior Marketing Associate, Ayala Museum
(632) 759.82.88 local 29

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