Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Essential Beginnings: An Introductory Creative Writing Workshop

If you sign up before Jan. 23, you get a $30 discount!

The Essential Beginnings: An Introductory Creative Writing Workshop at the Writers Program, UCLA Extension - Class starts Feb. 23-Mar 29, 6 mtgs. taught by Cecilia Brainard, call 310-825-9971.
The Thursday class meets in 1010 Westwood Blvd, one block from UCLA proper.

The class will make a life-altering Christmas gift!

Course Description: Many aspire to write creatively, but few know how to get started. A supportive workshop for those who wish to write for personal or professional satisfaction, this course provides many fundamental techniques--from journal writing to imaginative in-class exercises--all geared to motivate and cultivate the beginning creative writer. Topics include writing from observation and experience, creating dynamic characters, developing points of view, and writing dialogue. By the course's completion, you have in hand a series of short sketches or a draft of a story.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

COMING UP: Art Gallery in Parian, Cebu!

BUZZ: Watch out for the opening of an Art Gallery in conjunction with the Cebu Art Association in the Dona Filomena Building in Cebu City, on time for the 2012 Sinulog! More later on...

The Dona Filomena Building is located on Zulueta Street, near Logarta, and near the Historic landmarks of Cebu (Jesuit House, Heritage Monument, Yap-Sandiego Museum, Casa Gorordo, and the Cathedral Museum)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Vanishing of the Bees - Worldwide Screenings

Upcoming Screenings

Thursday, November 17 2011 8.30 PM to 10.30 PM - 415 First Ave, Aloha, OR 97007
Friday, November 18 2011 7.00 PM to 9.00 PM - 1 LMU Drive/ U-Hall 1000, Los Angeles CA 90045
Monday, November 21 2011 12.30 PM to 2.30 PM - 13 Ray Small Drive, Papakura, Auckland 2122, New Zealand
Monday, November 21 2011 6.30 PM to 9.30 PM - 633 South Broadway, Boulder, Colorado
Tuesday, November 29 2011 4.00 PM to 6.00 PM - University of the Philippines Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines
Friday, December 2 2011 6.30 PM to 8.30 PM - 90 Quaker Hill Road, Unity ME 04988
Saturday, December 3 2011 7.00 PM to 9.00 PM - Albert Street, Wickham NSW 2293, Australia
Saturday, January 7 2012 11.00 PM to 1.00 PM - 3755 N HWY 17-92, Lake Monroe, FL 32747,
Saturday, January 21 2012 1.30 PM to 3.30 PM - 601 North La Canada, Green Valley, AZ 85614
Wednesday, March 21 2012 6.30 PM to 8.30 PM - 200 North Main St., St. Wallingford, CT

SILENCE OF THE BEES is another documentary on bees available for free on the internet


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Botero in San Miguel de Allende

Fernando Botero in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Angelica's Daughters: A Dugtungan Novel - picture

This picture of an old church reminds me of a scene from Angelica's Daughters: A Dugtungan Novel - page 145 "When Paolo and Tess swung open the heavy, dark wood doors, they were greeted with the strong odor of burning incense and the startling beauty of elaborately painted tiles beneath their feet..."


by Cecilia Brainard, Erma Cuizon, Susan Evangelista, Veronica Montes, Nadine Sarreal

Anvil Publishing, 2010

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"Chick lit with a comfortable dose of smartness and historical verve. Angelica's Daughters celebrates audacious heroines primed by deep passion and fairytale romance! Set in the heat of a 19th-century Asian revolution and what its setting becomes by the 21st Century, Angelica's Daughters beguiles with its mythic splendor, threat of a generational curse, masterful betrayals, and female leads readers can fall in love with.
The story found itself as one writer finished her chapter without consulting the others, and passed it on for the next writer in line to do with as she pleased. The amazing result is a delightful read by five writers who cherish their Hispanic, Filipino, and American cultural roots." ~ Felice Prudente Sta. Maria

This collective and collaborative novel proves that writers share much more than just an interest in, as one of the authors puts it, “the idea of creating something of rare beauty out of nothing at all.” They share a Creative Unconscious that, when working on a common text, comes up with startling and unpredictable imaginative delights and insights. This tale of two women living a century apart (and the women and men in their lives) told sequentially by five women is truly an ensemble performance worth a standing ovation.~ Isagani R. Cruz, Philippine Star

"Part of the pleasure of reading Angelica's Daughters, the engrossing new collaborative novel by five established Filipina writers, is seeing how deftly the authors deal with the challenge of writing in this resurrected literary form. A dugtungan is a genre of Tagalog novel popular early in the 20th century, in which each writer creates a chapter and hands it off to the next, who writes another chapter without direction. The result, in this case, is an ensemble performance that contains something of the exhilaration of theatrical improv. One watches these accomplished authors inventively weave a historical romance, creating gripping heroines and turns of plot, crossing decades and national boundaries, tapping into cultural roots of the Philippines, Spain and America. Reading Angelica's Daughters is a gripping experience.~ Brian Ascalon Roley, Author of American Son (W.W. Norton)