Thursday, October 20, 2011

The art of travel-writing. November 12

More travel is something on many people's bucket lists simply because it's enriching, invigorating and exhilarating. Coming into contact with a new culture is always an exciting process that can work two ways: it can give you a feel of how other people live and also provide you with more insights into your own life.

Many people -- including myself -- don't spend enough of their days in self-reflection because we're all just too busy living a life, and even for that there's too little time. But sometimes, it's when you come face to face with something or someone so different from you or from what you know that you precisely are forced to think about who you are, what you stand for, and what's important to you.


One sophomore summer at the Ateneo, I took a creative writing course with the late and great Filipino-American writer Bienvenido Santos. I still remember what he told me: "Sometimes you need to get out of your life to learn more about yourself and to learn how to write better. That's exactly what he did.

Getting out of your comfort zone is always good because it pushes you to new limits. And I'm all for trying to be extraordinary every single day, even if this is not an always easy thing.

However, a penchant for travel is expensive and time-consuming. So not a few people wish they could turn travel into a more productive endeavor -- whether it's travel writing for the fun of it or for self-satisfaction, or travel writing as a profession.


And this is where Travelife Magazine, the Philippines' leading travel & lifestyle publication, comes in. On November 12, we're organizing a travel writing workshop with limited seating. This is open to everyone but personally I envision that people who want to learn how to write better, and those who wish to learn how to write about travel whether for personal or professional purposes, will be among those interested to attend.

I'll be part of the workshop along with Gabby Malvar, our editor at large who spends his time traveling around the country and then whatever spare moment he has left is spent hammering out really insightful articles on his computer. And for us at Travelife Magazine, this is just another one of the many ways that we are truly bringing -- and heightening -- the experience of travel for our readers.

The Art (and Joys) of Travel Writing
A workshop
Saturday, November 12
From 130 pm to 5 pm
3F, Fully Booked along Bonifacio High Street
P450 per person

To reserve a limited place:
contact Bernice at Travelife Magazine
Tel 8138400/ 8922620


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