My First Feature Writing Lecture

Slowly but surely the things I outlined in My Life Plans As of Right Now are coming true. One item in that list is to establish a writing workshop. As you know I held a writers meet up last July 6, for August 3 I’m organizing a free writing adventures event, and just last July 13 I had my first feature writing lecture at Emilio Aguinaldo College.


My officemate, Lourdes, has a niece who is part of the school’s paper called Magdalo, so when they were looking for speakers for their journalism seminar, Ms. Lourdes asked me if I was interested. I immediately said yes. Here are some of the things I taught them:

1. Creative titles

Twist a phrase- think of an idiomatic expression and change it up

Twist a song title, movie title, or book title

Use alliteration

2. Use modifying adverbs with tension and complexity

Smile happily is boring; smile sadly is interesting (got this from Spunk and Bite or some other book I read)

3. Zoom in

Describe your interviewee’s mannerisms to add color to your dialogue

4. Writing books I read/ sources of the lecture

Wild Mind by Natalie Goldberg

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Spunk & Bite by Arthur Plotnik

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

The New New Journalism by Robert S. Boynton

7 F***in Great Ways to Build Your Writing by Phil Jourdan (article)

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon (article, lecture, book)

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