Jose Dalisay teaches Writing About Place
Award-winning writer, Jose Dalisay, is back to teach another unforgettable workshop!
Writing About Place: More than writing about travel to exotic destinations as a tourist or visitor, writing about place can also be about the most familiar environments—home, workplace, one’s customary haunts. But every act of writing is a revisitation of the familiar, a deeper exploration of what one thinks one knows to reveal new facets and possibilities. Every travelogue or interaction with one’s environment is also a journey into the interior; the observer/narrator is a protagonist or a hero embarking on a mission, the ultimate prize of which is self-discovery.
Workshop participants will be walked through the basic elements or guideposts of this branch of creative nonfiction: description, narrative, exposition, the interplay of the personal with the impersonal. After a general introduction, participants will be asked to do a brief writing exercise, the results of which will be discussed and workshopped throughout the day.
No previous experience necessary.
Jose Dalisay has published over 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, and teaches English and Creative Writing as a full professor at the University of the Philippines. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan and a PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has won many awards for his writing both in the Philippines and overseas, including six National Book Awards from the Manilla Critics Circle, an American Academy of Poets prize, and the Milwaukee Fiction Award. He has been a Fulbright, Hawthornden Castle, British Council, Rockefeller, David TK Wong, and Civitella Ranieri Fellow, and has lectured on Philippine culture and politics in the US, the UK, Italy, China, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore, among other places. His second novel, Soledad’s Sister, was shortlisted for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize in Hong Kong in 2007. His two novels have just been published in a combined US edition titled In Flight by Schaffner Press.
Jose Dalisay will read from his work Friday, Oct. 21 at 7pm at The Ink Spot.