SCBWI Children’s Book Seminar (2010 September 18)

The 4th SCBWI Children’s Book Seminar will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV), Iloilo City. It is open to published and unpublished children’s book writers and illustrators, teachers, librarians, college and graduate students, parents, and anyone who has a keen interest in children’s literature.* The organizers are the Philippine chapter of the Society of Childrens’ Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and the UPV Chancellor’s Committee for Culture and the Arts (CCCA).


8:00-8:30 — Log-in & Book-Browsing

8:30-8:45 — Opening Remarks (Prof. Vicente Tan)

8:45-9:00 — Introduction of attendees (Nikki Torres)

9:00-10:00 — Writing for Children (Prof. Vicente Tan). Thinking about your own past while staying in touch with the young people of today.

10:00-12:00 — Roundtable Booktalk (Beaulah Taguiwalo). Why did you pick this book? What do you like about it? Do you think children will love it? Why? Do you think some children won’t like it? Why? If you can make your own version, what would it be like?

12:00-1:00 — Lunch

1:00-2:00 — Notable Children’s Books Worldwide (Beaulah). Examples, hands-on exercises and/or critiques.

2:00-3:30 — From Book to Stage (Nikki Torres). Performances based on well-loved children’s books. Taking a well-crafted children’s story and turning it into a performance script for children. Hands-on exercises on writing dialogue for children’s plays.

3:30-4:30 — Children’s Books in Hiligaynon/Kinaray-a (Beaulah). Examples, hands-on exercises and/or critiques.

4:30-4:45 — Closing Remarks (Prof. Vicente Tan)

4:45-5:00 — Certificates of Attendance (Nikki)


Prof. Vicente Tan teaches Communication and Media Studies at UP Visayas. He also chairs the UPV Chancellor’s Committee for Culture and the Arts, and curates the UPV Art Gallery. He has conducted training programs in theater, leadership, and team building for pre-elementary, elementary, and high school students. In 2009 he directed and wrote the script of a short film for children. He will talk about writing for children based on his experience in the arts and culture scene in Iloilo, Manila, and other places and countries.

Beaulah Pedregosa Taguiwalo is a book designer and children’s illustrator. Her work is in more than 45 published books. In 2009 she designed 15 children’s books in Hiligaynon and Kinaray-a written by children and illustrated by children. In 2010 she co-edited, designed, and produced 10 seafarer children’s books based on prize-winning stories for children whose fathers are mostly away at sea.

Dominique Garde Torres (Nikki) has worked with the CCP Dramatic Arts Division for nearly 20 years. Her articles are regularly featured in the Philippine Free Press. In 2007 the script for Tukso that she co-authored won the award for Best Screenplay in Cinemalaya, the CCP’s annual film festival. She also wrote the text for the Discussion Guide of PETA’s play on voter education.


Pre-registration and payment is required.

To register, see Prof. Vicente Tan c/o Fryia Guzman at the Art Gallery, UP Visayas, Gen. Luna Street, Iloilo City, Tel. (033) 337-9159.

Pay the registration fee in full and submit your complete registration information: name, age (at least 18*), occupation, company or organization, e-mail address, telephone number, and mailing address.

Registration will close at 5 p.m., Wednesday September 8, 2010.


Early Bird – P350 until 5 p.m.
Friday, August 27, 2010

Regular – P450 until 5 p.m.
Wednesday September 8, 2010

The fee is transferable but not
refundable. Lunch is included.


Beaulah Pedregosa Taguiwalo
Tel. 0917-787-4956

Dominique (Nikki) Garde Torres
Tel. 0905-347-1668

Prof. Vicente Tan c/o Fryia Guzman
Tel. (033) 337-9159

* Participants in SCBWI Philippines events must be at least 18 years old.


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