Santa Rosa Summer Writing Workshops

For Children, Teens And College Students (May 9-10, 2014)

WHERE: Magna Anima Center, Sta. Elena-Brittany City, Sta. Domingo, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna

WORKSHOP FEE: P5,000 (includes materials, lunch, and snacks)

For Children and Teens: Write And Illustrate Your Very Own Comics!
May 9–10, 2014                        9:00a.m.–4:00p.m.

In this 2-day workshop, you will learn to write the story of a hero of your own creation and illustrate it in either comic form or as a graphic novel. Carla Pacis, an accomplished writer for children and young adults, will teach you how to make a compelling plot, really evil villains, and an unforgettable ending. Artist Ehric Egualado will then teach you the basics of storyboarding, sketching and coloring so you can make your story come to life. For children and teens aged 9-18 years.

For College Students: Incorporating Creative Writing in your College Writing 
May 9–10, 2014                        9:00a.m.–4:00p.m.

In this 2-day workshop, you will learn creative writing techniques and appropriate ways of integrating them into your school essays. By exploring writing exercises in poetry and nonfiction, you will rediscover the power of language not only for expression and communication but also for creation. You might even discover that you have literary inclinations! Expected outputs include poems and essays that will be discussed in a workshop format by the participants with the guidance of Randy Bustamante, who has mentored college students in their writing for 18 years.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, call Melissa Ramos at (0917) 501 5216 or email

Facilitators and Workshop Coordinator

Carla M. Pacis is a professor at De La Salle University and is an award-winning writer of children's and young adult books like A Sea of Stories.  She is a founder-member of Kwentista ng mga Tsikiting (Kuting) and a council member of the National Council for Children's Television (NCCT).  She has successfully conducted creative writing workshops for children and teenagers almost every year at different venues like the Lopez Museum and the Ayala Museum.

Ehric Egualada is both a visual artist and art educator.  He has participated in many group exhibits and has had his own individual exhibits. He holds yearly art workshops in Laguna and presently teaches at De La Salle, Canlubang and Laguna Bel-Air School.

Randy Bustamante graduated from Ateneo de Manila University and has taught writing, Literature, and the humanities for 18 years in Ateneo, UP-Diliman, and Boston College, where he taught college freshmen, including the Dever Freshman Writing awardee, as well as the first graduates of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls during his 12 years in the US.

Melissa Salva Ramos attended the National Writers Workshops in Dumaguete (Silliman) and in Baguio (University of the Philippines) alongside Carla and Randy. She is a freelance writer and editor.