Monday, February 11, 2008

litcritters open: a new home

Every other Saturday, the LitCritters hold an Open session wherein everyone is invited to sit in - or better yet - participate in story discussions. Last year, we held majority of these over at Serendra. But with a new year comes a new home.

Beginning February 23, the new home of the LitCritters Open will be The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, along Emerald Avenue, Ortigas Center in Pasig City (several hops and skips from the Podium and SM Megamall). Set in Ortigas Park, this Coffee Bean branch offers a lovely view of the Ortigas Park (and there is excellent parking right next door).

We return to our normal alternating Saturday schedule (usually 1st and 3rd weekend of the month).

For the first Open session of the year, we will critique 4 original Filipino spec fic pieces; two weeks after that, we'll discuss 4 more. These stories are written by young authors, published and unpublished, all raring to tell stories.

Here's the schedule:

LitCritters Open - Feb 23, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Emerald Avenue

The Man Who Loved the Moon by Zarah Gagatiga
Galactic Vinyl by Elyss Punsalan
Beats by Kenneth Yu
The Quest for Memory by Charles Tan

LitCritters Open - March 8, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Emerald Avenue

The Man on the Moon by Miguel Escano
A Night with Candlelight and Amber by Blue Soon
The Shearing Time by Martin Badoy
The Hand of the Evil Eye by Charles Tan

The LitCritters are a group of writers who read and readers who write. We read a wide range of texts (from realism to speculative fiction and things in between) to improve our craft and seek to develop well-told stories. The LitCritters are based in Manila and in Dumaguete City (headed by Ian Rosales Casocot). Among our numbers are unpublished authors and multiple award-winners, young people and older folk, students and professionals who all love fiction. If you're interested, drop by one of the Open sessions. You can also sign up here and get discussion copies of the stories scheduled for discussion.

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