Famed screenwriter Ricky Lee to give free online workshop for budding wordsmiths

Ricky Lee. Photo: ABS-CBN News
Ricky Lee. Photo: ABS-CBN News

Boredom is setting in for many Filipinos affected by the Luzon lockdown, but veteran screenwriter Ricky Lee is trying to make things a tad easier for them by offering a free online writing workshop to be held this April.

According to an announcement on Sunday, the workshop will be open to just 50 participants who must be Philippine citizens aged 18 and above. To be considered, interested writers can send a letter of intent and their biography to banalramel@gmail.com. The deadline for sending applications is March 27 at 11:59pm (Manila time).

The workshop will be held on April 8, 15, and 22. (The quarantine is actually meant to end on April 13, but hey, you never know.)

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Aside from holding the workshop, Lee and several organizations are also asking for donations that will be used to help entertainment workers who have lost their jobs because of the lockdown. (To learn more, you can check out this link.)

Lee is perhaps the Philippines’ most highly regarded screenwriter, having written such unforgettable films as MoralHimala (“Miracle”), Relasyon (“Affair”), and José Rizal. Throughout his career, the 72-year-old has mentored many directors and screenwriters. He is also the author of the screenwriting manual Trip to Quiapo, considered a must-have by many Filipino filmmakers.

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