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‘Project Foreword’: A mentoring program for aspiring writers

Aspiring writers, it’s your time to shine!
With the aim to train aspiring authors, ABS-CBN has launched the first-ever author search and mentoring program titled “Project Foreword.

Through this, writer-participants will have a chance to collaborate with some of the country’s most respected authors— Charo Santos-Concio, Ardy Roberto, Makiwander, and Ricky Lee in creating and having their original works published and will be promoted by ABS-CBN Books.

Charo is ABS-CBN’s chief content officer and author of My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader and the voice of compelling life stories through the drama anthology program MMK. Joining her is award-winning entrepreneur and sought-after inspirational speaker Ardy, who has also authored multiple books, including The Happy Entrepreneur and The Heart of Healing—which won the Gintong Aklat Award for Best Inspirational Book in 2010.

Meanwhile, Mari Kris De Luna Ogang, known to her readers as Makiwander, is a writer who amassed a following on Wattpad. She has published nine books including the novel adaptation of the Black Sheep film Between Maybes.

Completing the roster of mentors is multi-awarded screenwriter, novelist, and playwright Ricky Lee. Some of his brainchild include the films Himala, Karnal, Muro-Ami, and Anak, as well as the screenplay manual Trip To Quiapo and the novel Para Kay B.

Ricky Lee

Ricky Lee

Kung gusto mong magsulat, magsulat ka—whether inspired ka, o may deadline, o may bayad, o may contest, magsulat ka (If you want to write, you write—whether you’re inspired, you have a deadline, because you’re paid, or because you’re joining a contest, you write),” Ricky says. “Like a baker who makes bread, or a doctor who treats illnesses, as a writer, you write. Don’t wait for any reason, it’s your deal, you write.”

The award-winning author also said he’s happy that there’s finally a program like this for aspiring writers. “I’m so happy na ginagawa naming ito kasi bilang Pilipino nahihiya ako na pag-nagpupunta ako sa bookstores 10 percent lang ang sinulat ng mga Pilipino (I’m so happy that we are doing this. As a Filipino, I feel ashamed that when I went to bookstores, only 10 percent of items there are written by Filipino authors),” Ricky shares. “This is one way na dumami-dami naman ang masulat na mga libro nating mga Pilipino. Tutulong kami (This is a way to populate Filipino books. We will help).”

He then gave some tips to writers who are interested to join the program by telling what he’s looking in a story. “I don’t care what’s his genre, or if the story is too raw or spontaneous or polished. As long as it tackles what it means to be a human, I’d go for it,” he says.

Interested writers can submit their original, previously unpublished works until April 6 for a chance to be a part of “Project Foreword.” |  

Source: Manila Bulletin

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