City Fiction 100: A Fiction Writing Masterclass






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As part of the POPtastik Pinoy! program of activities
held in celebration of Text in the City: The 4th Philippine
International Literary Festival
, Ayala Museum will hold City Fiction 100, a
flash fiction masterclass, on November 15, 1:30-3:00 p.m. This workshop is open
to professional and budding writers of all ages. Participants will get feedback
from acclaimed writers Sarge Lacuesta, Andrea Pasion-Flores, and Krys Lee, with
Kristine Fonacier as Moderator.
Write about a city, real or imagined in 100 words or
City Fiction 100: A Fiction Writing Masterclass
15 November 2013
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Open to professional and budding
writers of all ages. Get feedback from writers Krys Lee and Sarge Lacuesta, and
literary agent Andrea Pasion-Flores, with travel writer Kristine Fonacier as

Presented by the National Book
Development Board (NBDB) in partnership with Filipinas Heritage Library and
Ayala Museum
  • Submit your works of flash fiction
    saved in .doc format to Camille Dela Rosa ( and Verne
    Ahyong (
  • Multiple entries are allowed. 
  • E-mail must have the subject heading
    “City Fiction 100 Entry,” and include the writer’s full name, cellular phone
    number, and short bio (3-4 sentences only).
  • Only 25 slots are available. Early
    submissions will be given priority.
  • Deadline for submission is on 2013 November
    8. Final list of participants will be announced on November 11.
  • A Php 1,000 workshop fee will be
    collected from the 25 chosen participants. Fee includes a copy of Krys Lee’s
    short story collection Drifting House. Fee also includes access to all panels
    for the rest of the day.
  • Only one story per participant will be
    discussed during the masterclass. The decision of the NBDB screening team is
For inquiries, e-mail Camille Dela
Rosa ( or Verne Ahyong (
You can also call Verne at 759-8288 loc. 46.
About the facilitators:
Krys Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in
California and Washington, and studied in the United States and England. Her
debut book Drifting House by Viking/Penguin, USA, and Faber and Faber, U.K.,
made the San Francisco Chronicle and Kansas City Star 2012 best books of the
year list. She was awarded The 2012 Story Prize Spotlight Award and was a
finalist for the 2012 BBC International Story Prize.
Her work has appeared in
the Kenyon Review, Narrative magazine, Granta (New Voices),
The Guardian, Financial Times, The San Francisco Chronicle,
Conde Nast Traveller, UK, and other publications. She is a
professor of creative writing at Yonsei University’s Underwood International

is the former Executive Director of the NBDB where she was known for her
pioneering work introducing high-impact literary events to the country.
Starting with Lit Out Loud (2010), followed by The Great Philippine Book Café
(2011), and Read Lit District (2012), the Philippine International Literary
Festival has made the country a permanent fixture on the literary calendar.
is also a copyright lawyer. She teaches English at the University of the
Philippines, as a member of the Department of English and Comparative
Literature. She is now the Manila-based agent of Jacaranda, a full-service
literary agency catering to both first-time and established writers. She may
very well be the country’s first literary agent.
Amado Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta (a.k.a. Sarge
is writer who has won the Philippine Graphic
Awards for Fiction, Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, and NVM
Gonzalez Award, among other accolades. Life Before X and Other Stories (2000),
his first short story collection, won the Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book
Award and the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award, while his second
collection White Elephants: Stories (2005) also won the National Book
Award. His recently published his third collection Flames and Other Stories
Sarge edited the books Latitute: Writing
from the Philippines and Scotland
(2005) and Fourteen Love Stories
(2006). He is now the Literary Editor of the Philippines Free Press and
Editor-at-Large of Esquire. He has received several local and
international grants and writing fellowships including The International
Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 2007.
Kristine Fonacier is a food writer, travel writer and magazine editor whose
works have been published in Lonely Planet, Smile, Mabuhuay,
Esquire, Rogue, Pulp, and MTV Ink, among other
publications. She is now associate editor at Women’s Health, while
working on a book of travel stories. 
, Senior
Marketing Associate, Ayala Museum
759.82.88 local 29

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