4th Pasnaan Ilokano Writers Workshop, agawaten iti manuskrito

Ipakaammo dagiti mangimaton iti Pasnaan, ti workshop iti panagsurat a para kadagiti agdadamo a mannurat nga Ilokano, nga agawaten kadagiti manuskrito para iti 4th Pasnaan Ilokano Writers Workshop a manamnama a maangay iti nasapa a paset ti 2013.

Sangapulo a fellow ti mapili ken maikkan iti gundaway a ma-workshop dagiti sinuratda: 2 a fellow iti sarita, 3 iti daniw, 1 iti sarita a para ubbing, 1 iti daniw a para ubbing, 1 iti sarilaysay (creative non-fiction), 1 iti bukanegan, ken 1 iti pangorona a daniw.

Maibilang nga agdadamo ti autor no saan pay a nakaipablaak iti Bannawag iti nasursurok ngem tallo a sinurat iti benneg a pakipasetanna.

Dagiti pagalagadan:

1. Nasken nga orihinal, di naipatarus manipud iti sabali a lengguahe, ken saan pay a naipablaak ti idatag a manuskrito.

2. Nawaya ti autor a mangpili iti topiko ti sinuratna.

3. Maimakinilia wenno mai-computer dagiti manuskrito para iti sarita ken sarilaysay a maidatag iti doble espasio a letter-size a coupon bond iti ania man kadagitoy a font: 12 points Roman Times Antiqua, wenno 12 points Book Antiqua. Single space laeng ti pannakaimakinilia dagiti maidatag a daniw, daniw a para ubbing, bukanegan, ken pangorona a daniw.

4. Sagdudua a gapuanan ti nasken nga idatag ti autor iti benneg ti sarita, sarilaysay, sarita a para ubbing, bukanegan, ken pangorona a daniw. Maysa laeng ketdi ti ma-workshop. Iti met benneg ti daniw, nasken a mangidatag ti autor iti uppat a gapuananna. Dua met kadagitoy ti ma-workshop.

5. Kaatiddog ti maidatag a gapuanan: Iti benneg ti sarita, 10-20 panid. Iti sarilaysay, masapul a personal essay ti maidatag nga agatiddog iti 6-10 a panid. Ti bukanegan, 6-10 panid. Iti sarita a para ubbing, 2-4 a panid. Iti daniw a para ubbing, agatiddog iti tallo nga estansa a tunggal estansa, addaan iti uppat a linia; ken addaan iti rukod ken rima dagiti linia. Saan a makedngan ti kaatiddog ti daniw ken ti daniw a pangorona.

6. Ti laeng parbo a nagan ti autor ti agparang iti manuskrito.

7. Ipatulod ti manuskrito iti daytoy nga email address: pasnaan.secretariat@gmail.com iti di naladladaw ngem Enero 31, 2013. Dua a file ti maipatulod: ti manuskrito ken ti dokumento a naglaon iti paulo ti manuskrito, parbo ken pudno a nagan ti autor, kompleto nga adres ti pagtaengan, pagtrabahuan wenno pagbasbasaan, agraman numero ti telepono wenno selpon, ken ababa a pakasaritaan ti autor.

Mapakaammuan dagiti autor dagiti mapili a gapuanan babaen ti e-mail ken/wenno awag iti telepono/selpon. (Pasnaan Secretariat)

(Naipablaak iti Bannawag, Nobiembre 26, 2012 a bilang.)

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How to critique in fiction writing workshops

(from wikihow)

Participating in a Fiction Writing Workshop can be a hugely enriching experience as a writer, and one that many famous authors cite as being an enormous help when it comes to reading critically and honing their own skills. Knowing how to critique effectively can make the experience truly worthwhile for yourself, and for your fellow workshoppers.


  1. Pay attention. Whether your fellow workshopper is discussing their struggles in writing or actually reading their piece aloud, there is no way you can give thoughtful, helpful critique if you don’t know what you’re talking about. Often, the person seeking criticism will mention one or two key points they’d especially like to focus on in terms of critique; whether it’s the dialogue or characterization, having a specific goal in mind gives you a clearer idea of where you can help.
  2. Read the material. Same goes for this as for the first step- you can’t talk about something you’ve never read. Read slowly and carefully- taking notes can also be a helpful way to remember specifics about what you’ve read, especially if more than one piece is being workshopped on the same day.
  3. Think about the material. Consider specific aspects of writing, such as point of view or tone, as well as the impression of the piece as a whole.
  4. Prepare several observations about the piece. More often than not, the person being workshopped will have specific points or questions to discuss, but if they open it up for more general criticism, it can be helpful to have a few specific things to mention. These can be aspects you liked, such as an effective passage of description or a lifelike section of dialogue, as well as aspects you didn’t feel worked in the story.
  5. Be nice. Writing, like any other method of personal expression, is something that people may take very seriously, and careless comments such as, “This paragraph sucked” or “this character is annoying” can be rude and seriously disheartening. However…
  6. Don’t be TOO nice. The entire point of critique is to improve and receive honest feedback, not to have an ego-boosting praise-fest about what everyone loves about the story. Rather than too nice or too mean, keep your comments balanced and specific. If a character is boring or flat, that’s a critique you want to express, but say it in a way that the author knows you’re speaking critically, not cruelly. Balancing critique about aspects you didn’t feel were effective with aspects you did enjoy can convey your critique in a fair manner; for example, “I really enjoyed the language you used to describe the castle, but a few paragraphs later when the prince is being introduced to the princess, I feel like we’re being bogged down with TOO much description.”
  7. Finally, keep in mind that the end goal is for you all to become better writers. Through honesty and communication, everyone in the workshop can grow together.


  • Take plenty of notes!
  • Oftentimes, critique given to other stories is something you can take into account with your own writing. Pay attention, even if you are neither being workshopped nor spoken to.
  • Look for the good in stories. Sometimes, you will come across story that is truly awful from beginning to end. Rather than ripping it to shreds, point out one or two key points for the author to work on, as well as something that they do well.


  • Often, there will be authors in workshops that do not want criticism at all, but rather to hear their story praised and their ego stroked. If you come across someone like this, there’s not much that can be done beyond making one or two simple observations and letting it go. If they don’t want to truly experience a workshop, it can’t be forced.
  • As in any situation that requires constructive criticism, people may become defensive about their work. Rather than get into an argument that neither of you will win, state your point, and let it go. Ultimately, the author is going to write what they’re going to write, and that’s that.

[source: http://www.wikihow.com/Critique-in-Fiction-Writing-Workshops]

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Beware the false compliments that are killing your writing

If there was a 10 Commandments of Writing it would be at #5, just ahead of ‘Thou shalt not write thy novel in a Starbucks’. The people around you can help simply by bringing you a refreshing cup of tea, or someone who you can talk to about writing and bounce ideas off, or someone who actively reads and critiques your work.

It’s important to be surrounded by passionate people. It fuels you and makes the whole process of creation easier and more worthwhile.

But… you have to be careful.

Without meaning to, friends can actually damage your work with blind encouragement. They can kill your writing with kindness.

When It’s Bad And They Say It’s Good

I’ve seen it happen before, I’ve had it happen to me before, and I know for a fact that as well as being on the receiving end of well-meaning but blind encouragement I’ve given some out too. No doubt you’re the same. Writing isn’t easy; it’s a fragment of your heart and soul borne onto the page. When a friend comes to you and asks you what you think of their work, you want to be kind. You want them to like what they’ve done and you want them to like you.

No one likes being unkind or giving bad news. So you stretch a false smile over your gritted teeth, nod a lot, and say buttery generalisations: “This is great! I love this. Doesn’t Character X have a great name?” They go away happy, and you go away with that horrible hollow sensation in your head that feels as if your brain parachuted out to escape your lying tongue.

In this scenario: no one wins.

When They Say It’s Good But Don’t Say Why

And sometimes people aren’t lying. Sometimes they genuinely don’t know any better but want their opinion to be voiced. Look on almost any writing forum or comments section on a writing blog and you’ll find people slapping each other on the back over fragments of their WIP, enjoying the saccharine empty phrases such as “I look forward to reading this!!!” and “Wow that’s brilliant!” in a meaningless orgy of mutual false praise and an overuse to exclamation points.

Such fawning words might make you feel good, but what good are they doing your writing? Other than perhaps spurring you on to write more, how are they making you a better storyteller?

False Criticism Will Send You Way Off Course

The end result of both is that you’re not getting criticism. Worse, you can’t detect the things people truly like from the things they’re just saying they like. Everything is devalued into a mush of clichéd hyperbole and hollow sycophancy.

You’re unable to tell the good from the bad – what needs work from what strengths you should play to. Having a friend who can’t/won’t critique you is like putting a magnet next to the compass. It’ll lead you wildly, dangerously, off course. Before you know it, you’ll have fallen into bad habits just because people weren’t honest with you.

The Importance Of Criticism Over Encouragement

There’s a difference between encouragement and criticism.

Encouragement is a statement:

  • “I really liked the protagonist!”
  • “You’re a great writer.”

Criticism is a statement with (and this is very important) reasoning behind it:

  • “I really liked the protagonist because I thought they had a well-defined voice.
  • “You’re a great writer because you have a real knack for characterization.

A good friend – one who really has your best interests as a writer at heart – will use criticism. Occasionally they’ll say things you don’t want to hear, but that’s a good thing. It’s not because they hate your work (or you), but because they like your work (and you) and think that an audience would like it even more if some changes were made for certain reasons.

They’ll tell you what they liked and why, and what they didn’t like and why, and from that you can come to your own conclusions about how to edit or continue writing.

This is how you improve.

Look For Honest Criticism

People who just tell you that they love your work, while a nice ego-boost, are completely useless to you as a writer. Well, unless they’re bringing you lots of cups of tea. Probably best to keep them around then.

So keep your friends close, and your writing friends even closer. And don’t believe everything you hear. Especially if it has three exclamation points after it.


[source: http://www.fuelyourwriting.com/killing-your-writing-with-kindnessare-your-friends-hurting-your-writing/]

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Mo Yan is Nobel Prize in Literature 2012 winner

(from guardian.co.uk)

Chinese author Mo Yan, who left school for a life working the fields at the age of 12, has become the first Chinese citizen ever to win the Nobel prize in literature, praised by the Swedish Academy for merging “folk tales, history and the contemporary” with “hallucinatory realism”.

The win makes Mo Yan the first Chinese citizen to win the Nobel in its 111-year history: although Gao Xingjian won in 2000, and was born in China, he is now a French citizen; and although Pearl Buck took the prize in 1938, for “her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces”, she is an American author.

The Nobel, worth eight million kronor, goes to the writer “who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”, with previous winners including Samuel Beckett, Doris Lessing and, last year, the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer. Over the past month the Chinese press has become increasingly vocal about the possibility of a Chinese writer taking the award, with commentors equating “bagging the prize to Chinese literature gaining the world’s recognition”.

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Diretso Manipud iti Puso: Antolohia Dagiti Daniw ni Ayat

Maisagsaganan ti Diretso Manipud iti Puso: Antolohia Dagiti Daniw ni Ayat Dagiti Ilokano. Ipablaak daytoy ti Diretso Manipud iti Puso Facebook Group ken Saniata Publications.

Agpaay nga editor da Ariel S. Tabag, Corazon F. Quiamas ken Roy V. Aragon.

Pagalagadan iti Panagidatag:

1. Uray mano ti daniw nga idatag (di pay naipablaak wenno naipablaaken iti magasin, wenno dadduma pay a babasaen, wenno naipaskilen iti Internet). No naipablaak wenno naipaskilen, masapul nga adda notasion iti baba ti sinurat mainaig iti detalye ti pannakaipablaak daytoy. No naipaskilen iti blog ti Diretso Manipud iti Puso, ti autor ti mangadaw iti daytoy ket idatagna met laeng kadagiti editor. Segun ketdi iti pangngeddeng dagiti editor dagiti mairaman a daniw. Karbengan dagiti editor ti di mangipablaak kadagiti maidatag a daniw a di makapatar iti pagrukodanda.

2. Daniw ni ayat ti idatag. No daniw ni ayat, kunatayo, isu daytay romantiko, ken/wenno karnal wenno seksual a panagayat. Ngem saan a basta daniw ti agar-arem, napukawan iti ayat wenno agpaspasidumri nga agay-ayat. Ketdi, iparangarangna dagiti aspekto ti panagayat ken kabibiag ni Ilokano. Ipakita koma dagiti daniw ni ayat ti sangkapirgis a paset ti kabibiag, kananakem ken kararua ni Ilokano. Ngarud, mabalin pay ti ayat iti nagbaetan ti LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) la ket ta itandudoda ti ayat kas mangitandudo iti kinatao wenno itandudona ti kinatan-ok ti ayat.

3. Mapakuyogan dagiti sinurat iti pakasaritaan ti biag ti autor (saan nga at-atiddog ngem maysa wenno dua a parapo), karaman dagiti contact information (adres, numero ti telepono/selpon, e-mail), ken kaudian a ladawan ti autor.

4. Ipatulod babaen ti e-mail dagiti sinurat iti asseng.tabag@gmail.com, cquiamas@hawaii.rr.com, wenno rvaragon@gmail.com.

5. Masapul a maawat dagiti daniw iti di naladladaw ngem Nobiembre 30, 2012 [mabalin a maiyalud-od].

6. Agdalan dagiti daniw iti naiget a panagarisit dagiti editor. Mapakaammuan dagiti autor a mairaman iti antolohia dua lawas kalpasan ti naituding a deadline.

7. Maipablaak ti libro iti wagas a tagnawa, wenno panidna, bayadanna. Masuktanto ketdi iti libro a ti bilangna, depende iti kaibatogan ti naitagnawa a gatad.

8. Manamnama a mayalnag ti libro iti Pebrero 2013, ti bulan ni Ayat.

9. Para iti dadduma pay a detalye, makiuman kadagiti editor iti e-mail iti ngato.

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Pannakayalnag ti Alimpatok

ITI PANNAKAYALNAG TI ALIMPATOK. Nayalnag ti Alimpatok, ti antolohia dagiti erotiko a daniw dagiti Ilokano, idi Agosto 3, 2012 iti UP Baguio  Library, ken Mt. Cloud Bookshop iti alas dos ken alas sais ti malem, kas panagsaganadda. Iti kangatuan a ladawan, ti panangisagut dagiti editor ti nasao nga antolohia a da Mighty C. Rasing, Roy V. Aragon ken Ariel S. Tabag iti kopia kada Dr. Anna Christie Villarba Torres, Dekana ti Kolehio ti Arte ken Komunikasion iti UP Baguio, ken Mrs. Brenda Marie Alangsab Dogup, Pangulo ti UP Baguio Library. Iti maikadua iti ngato a ladawan, yaw-awat met ni Junley L. Lazaga, maysa kadagiti autor, ti sagut a kopia ken ni Miss Padma Perez, pangulo ti Mt. Cloud Bookshop, nga inimatangan dagiti tallo nga editor ken ni Joeffrey Maranion (likud), kameng ti banda a Manong Diego. Iti ngato a ladawan, ibasbasa ni Derick Marcel F. Yabes, maysa met laeng kadagiti autor, ti daniw (“No Sikat’ Kaduak”) ni Bannawag Editor Cles B. Rambaud a nairaman iti nasao nga antolohia iti panangkompaniar ti Manong Diego (buklen da M.C. Rasing, A.S. Tabag ken J. Maranion). Pakalaglagipan a ladawan (baba) iti UP Baguio Library, agpakanawan: J.L. Lazaga, R.V. Aragon, Louie Luczon a nangibagi ken ni Alberto Ugalino (maysa kadagiti autor), J. Maranion, A.S. Tabag, M.C. Rasing, D.M.F. Yabes, Mac Yadao a nangibagi ken ni Alex V. Yadao (maysa kadagiti autor), Avelina Fe Camacho, Efren A. Inocencio (maysa kadagiti autor), ken Jake F. Ilac (maysa kadagiti autor). Saan a nairaman iti ladawan dagiti mannurat nga Ilokano a dimmar-ay iti alnag a kas kada Estela B. Guerrero, Aileen Serrano, Pearl Dacuag ken dagiti estudiante ken mannurat iti Rehion ti Cordillera. Kaunaan a libro iti erotika dagiti Ilokano ken nakaurnongan dagiti daniw dagiti tallopulo ket tallo a mannaniw nga Ilokano, magatang ti kopia iti Mt. Cloud Bookshop iti Baguio City; Samtoy Books iti  Laoag City; Bookay-Ukay iti UP Village, Quezon City; ken iti Saniata Publications (0918-682-6330), ken kadagiti mannaniw a nairaman iti antolohia. (Leilanie G. Adriano)

(Manipud iti Bannawag, Septiembre 10, 2012 a bilang.) 

[source: http://manipudkadagitieditor.blogspot.com/2012/08/pannakayalnag-ti-alimpatok.html]



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62nd Palanca Awards winners bared

Congratulations kadagiti nangabak!

Winners of this year’s Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards) will be honored in the annual awarding ceremonies to be held at The Peninsula Manila in Makati City on September 1.

Now on its 62nd year, the Palanca Awards received a total of 1,077 entries in 20 categories. Out of these submissions, 59 winning works were selected from 58 writers – with half (29 authors) are first-time winners.

Joining the esteemed roster of the Palanca Hall of Fame awardees this year is multi-awarded poet, fictionist and author Peter Solis Nery. He clinched the prestigious distinction after winning his fifth first prize for “Punctuation” under the Poetry for Children category.

The Palanca Awards, the country’s most prestigious and longest-running literary competition, was established in 1950 in honor of Don Carlos Palanca, Sr. The Awards aims to help develop Philippine literature by providing incentives for writers to craft their most outstanding literary works and by being a treasury of the Philippines’ literary gems from our gifted writers and to assist in the dissemination to the public, particularly the students.

Now hosting a total of 2,111 winning works, the Palanca Awards has been enriching the country’s cultural heritage by recognizing the best works all over the country. What started as a small yet potent collection of six short stories in 1951 has now grown into a wide and deep treasury of the finest of Philippine literature in 22 categories.

The Carlos Palanca Foundation currently has in its collection 542 short stories, 372 collections of poetry, 214 essays, 349 one-act plays, 188 full-length plays, 60 teleplays, 57 screenplays, 154 stories for children, 34 futuristic fiction stories, , 83 student essays, 36 novels, and 22 collections of poetry for children. These winning works are continuously made accessible to students, and all researchers and lovers of literature through the Foundation library and its official website, www.palancaawards.com.ph.

This year’s winners include:

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5 Ilokano books, finalists iti National Book Award

Lima a libro nga Ilokano a sinurat dagiti Ilokano ti napili kas finalists iti nadumaduma a kategoria iti maika-31 a National Book Awards nga intuyang ti Manila Critics Circle ken ti National Book Development Board.

Isu dagitoy:  Karapote: Antolohia Dagiti 13 a Nasuerte a Sarita ni Ariel S. Tabag a nominado iti Ilokano Fiction; Samtoy: Dagiti Saritami Ditoy, Ang Aming mga Kuwento nga impatarus ni Ariel S. Tabag (Filipino Anthology); ken 29 A Napili A Sarita Iti Iluko, inedit da Juan Al. Asuncion, Ariel S. Tabag, ken Efren A. Inocencio, Kastoy Nga Imbunubonmi Dagiti Balikas (Antolohia Dagiti Daniw Iti Iluko), inedit da Joel B. Manuel ken Ariel S. Tabag; Nabalitokan a Tawid: Antolohia Dagiti Napili a Sarita Dagiti Ilokano, inedit da Juan Al. Asuncion, Joel B. Manuel, ken Ariel S. Tabag, (agpapada a nominado para iti  Ilokano Anthology).

Maammuan ken mapadayawan inton Noviembre 17 dagiti mangabak.

Daytoy ti umuna a gundaway a mairaman dagiti libro nga Ilokano iti nasao nga awards.

Daytoy man ti listaan ti amin a finalists:

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Arikap ti Sardam

Arikap ti Sardam. Poem by Josephina V. Herrema, from the book ALIMPATOK — Anthology of Ilokano Erotic Poetry. Read by Luchie Maranan during the launching of the book at Mt. Cloud Bookshop in Baguio City on August 3, 2012. Video recording by Roy V. Aragon.

No kayatyo ti maaddaan iti kopia ti nasao a libro, sarungkaran ti ALIMPATOK iti Facebook.


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Iti Daytoy a Sardam

Iti Daytoy a Sardam. Poem by Leilanie Adriano, from the book ALIMPATOK — Anthology of Ilokano Erotic Poetry. Read/ by Leilanie Adriano during the launching of the book at Mt. Cloud Bookshop in Baguio City on August 3, 2012. Video recording by Roy V. Aragon.

No kayatyo ti maaddaan iti kopia ti nasao a libro, sarungkaran ti ALIMPATOK iti Facebook.

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