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Guest Feature: J’Nour Eliza

If you will remember, WHERE THE WRITE THINGS ARE gave me five (5) complimentary slots for writing seminars for kids ages 7-17. With their parents’ consent, I decided to feature each of the winning participants as guest bloggers here on SSEN. They will be future writers, so what better way to expose them than to you, my gentle & supportive readers. :)

First up is J’Nour Eliza, age 14, who got the first slot for the month of August. Surviving (and enjoying) writing for school: Book Reports, Essays, Reviews by Carla Pacis writing seminar.

For those interested, Write Away! Weekends is available every last Saturday of the month from 1pm-5pm at 3,000.00 php/session.

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“Write Away! Weekends:

WRITING FOR SCHOOL”

     By J. Eliza

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I’d like to start off with many thanks to Ms. Jane Go, Ms. Aina Cruz, Ms. Carla Pacis, Ms. Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, and others from “Where the Write Things Are” Writing Center for my delightful experience!

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“We all want to write a story, but we have a hard time writing it down.” -Carla Pacis

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Ms. Carla Pacis is an award winning writer and a full time professor at De La Salle. Among her books are YA novels O.C.W., Owl Friends, Birdflight, Enrique El Negro and several children’s books. She is a founding president of Kuting, an organization of children’s writers meant to encourage and support the craft. She enjoys making author visits to schools and running writing workshops for children.


As a young student and bookworm, I would recommend this workshop to all aspiring writers. Okay, okay. You might think, “Why would a teenager like a session about writing for school? Don’t most kids nowadays hate it?”

Those are pretty good questions. And my answer is plain and simple: Learning any kind of writing is knowledgeable and helpful to us authors. We are grateful just to be in the same room with the topic! In fact, I believe that I am using what I have learned today, in this blog post. (Also, we usually do not like the amount of schoolwork teachers give us. Not the school itself :D)

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Writing is a complex art. Like many artists, we want to refine it. That is why there are many schools offering lessons. This writing center may be small (for now) but it is doing big things. It is influencing and teaching us students. It is expanding our mindset.

With a hospitable staff and a cozy classroom, even the most-introverted writers will feel at home; which is what we should feel, when being immersed or surrounded by our art.

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They choose great guest teachers who are published authors, writers, and poets, believing that those adults could relate to us with their experiences.

Ms. Carla Pacis approached writing for school with ease. Being, also, a professor, she knows what she is doing. Using a soft but strong voice, everyone heard our lessons well. She exercised us with the task of writing an essay about ourselves (using a technique she had taught us); and, a short story based on a strong noun, strong verb, adjective, and adverb.

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Who knew that there were such things as strong and weak words!

And Ms. Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, also, advised us to take part in the world. They both encourage reading and being spontaneous; those two things will aid in polishing up writing skills, now and in the future.

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With Ms. Neni Sta. Romana Cruz.

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Yet, we learned about how to write for schoolwork. The short-story exercise had helped us improve with our understanding of writing an essay, as it is nearly the same (but a still whole new thing), proving my point that writing really is something worth knowing.

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Sorry, I had to blur out my real name for security purpose.

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“Where The Write Things Are” is a SUPERB writing center. I am confident that those who are going to the other sessions will have a fun time.

Once again, thank you so much to you all for the wonderful time I’ve had.

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Thank you so much J’Nour Eliza for agreeing to guest blog for SSEN, and for coming up with such an informative, yet entertaining, piece. Good job, sweetie! <3

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For registration at WHERE THE WRITE THINGS ARE, you may contact AINA at 0917-6240196/ writethingsph@gmail.com.

 

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