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The Personal Essay with Jessica Zafra


July 9, 16 and 23, 2015
6:30pm to 8:30pm

This covers biographical essays, travel writing, memoirs, anything of a personal nature.

The workshop will consist of lectures and class discussions. It is customized for working people with limited for writing. At the end of the workshop, participants will have finished writing a personal essay.

The participants should submit the draft of an essay of 700 words, which will be discussed, expanded, rewritten in the class.

Jessica Zafra is a writer based in Manila. She has written two collections of short stories, The Stories So Far and Manananggal Terrorizes Manila, as well as a dozen collections of essays on film, literature, travel, rock music, popular culture and politics. Many of these pieces appeared previously in column Twisted in the newspaper Today (1994-2004).

Jessica’s essays have been published in the New Yorker, Newsweek, The HK Standard, and The National (Abu Dhabi). She was editor-in-chief of Flip: The Official Guide to World Domination, and the annual literary journal Manila Envelope. At present she is a columnist at and at BusinessWorld.

Outside of publishing, Jessica has hosted talk shows on the FM stations NU-107 and K-Lite and the TV show Points of View, and managed a band. She is an executive producer on the film Norte by Lav Diaz and screenwriter of Esoterika: Manila by Elwood Perez. Jessica is not on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. However, she blogs everyday and gives talks/workshops at the Ayala Museum.

The workshop fee is P6,800.00 inclusive of handouts, materials, snacks, certificate, free admission to the museum and one day free access to the library.  The deadline for reservations is on July 1, 2015. A 5-percent discount will be given to those who will pay in full on or before the deadline. Acentives members can avail of a 10-percent discount.

Payments can be made in cash, check, or through credit card.
*Discount does not apply to credit card transactions.

For inquiries, please call Marj Villaflores at 759-8288 to 21 local 25 or email, or visit

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