L.A. FilAm Press Club to sponsor creative writing workshop

Peter Bacho

Peter Bacho

The Filipino American Press Club of Los Angeles, Inc. (established 1978) will sponsor a two-day Creative Writing Workshop on March 21-22nd, at the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) at Historic Filipino Town on Glendale Boulevard.

Officers said the seminar will provide an opportunity for writers, both from professional circles and student aspirants, who wish to expand their skills. FAPCLA was formed by former news reporters and writers from the Philippines who had immigrated to this country in the early ‘70s.

Professor Peter Bacho, a Filipino American author, will conduct the workshop. He is an alumnus of Seattle University, where he was awarded his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, and the University of Washington. An author of six books “Cebu,” “Dark Blue Suit,” “Boxing in Black and White,” “Nelson’s Run,” “Entrys” and “Leaving Yesler,” Bacho’s works paved the way for his running as ‘semi-finalist,’ in the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project, now under possible consideration at Paramount Pictures. Other distinguished honors that are attributed to Bacho’s literary prowess are the American Book Award, the Murray Morgan Award, the Distinguished Northwest Writer-in-Residence (2005); and the Washington State Governor’s Writers Award.

The first segment of the workshop is scheduled on March 21, (“Meet and Greet” and Intro to the Workshop) at the PWC Assembly Hall, from 5 p.m. The Pilipino Workers Center has been dedicated to the renowned labor leader, Larry Itliong. The second segment starts at 8:30 a.m. on March 22nd.

The two-day workshop is supported by the PWC, the Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) under the leadership of Joel F. Jacinto, executive officer; and the Echo Park Public Library, Joselyn G. Rosenthal, president.

“The focus of the workshop is the enhancement of the fellows’ writing skills under the guidance of renowned author Bacho,” said club president Dr. Ludy A. Ongkeko.

FAPCLA sponsored the Larry Itliong Forum in December 2012 at SIPA where the son of labor leader Itliong, Johnny, presented a documentary trailer, “The Forgotten Heroes: Manongs.”

In March 2013, FAPCLA sponsored the first on-the-spot essay writing competition with senior high school (11th graders) writers recommended by their respective schools who vied for six cash prizes.

Other activities which included the active participation of the same press club was “Destination Delano,” an up-to-date vehicle of information which provided the FilAm youth with the opportunity to visit the famous farmlands where the Filipino worker made history in their world-famous grape strike in 1965.

The pioneering press club joined the campaign for the passage of California’s AB 123 to highlight the role of the Filipino farmers in U.S. textbook history-making events.

Fellows and participants are asked to send in their $25 pre-payment/reservation by the deadline date of February 28, 2014, to FAPCLA, Inc. Bacho’s books will be on sale during the event.

Interested parties are asked to contact any of the following officers:
Cecile C. Ochoa, chair, Creative Writing Project, 6739 Goodland Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91606; (818) 203-3137; cdochoa@aol.com;
Evelyn A. Portugal, chairman of the board, (310)729-8880;
Lou Sabas, club treasurer, lssprod@aol.com.

Please submit participation information: name, address, telephone contact information, age, reservation fee. All participants will be named fellows of FAPCLA. Seats are limited and FAPCLA reserves the right to close application by deadline or upon meeting the desired number of participants.



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