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LIST: Upcoming workshops to improve your communication skills in literature, public speaking, acting

By NICK GARCIA Published Apr 02, 2024 8:42 pm

“Communication is the key” couldn’t be truer than ever.

We must deliver our points clearly to connect with our fellow human beings. In doing so, we can convey our ideas effectively, giving insight and even entertainment to our immediate listeners and maybe the entire country.

There are upcoming workshops in the country that aim to hone one’s communication skills, whether in writing literature, delivering speeches, or acting on stage.


The University of the Philippines Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts is holding a “Speak UP” workshop series in June.

There are four categories: Speech and Performance for Kids (ages 5 to 8), Basic Public Speaking for Tweens (ages 9 to 12), Advanced Public Speaking for Teens (ages 13 to 17), and Effective Communication for Professionals.

The program for kids, tweens, and teens will have ten two-hour sessions from June 17 to 28 (weekdays), while the program for professionals will have four parts on June 22 and 29.

There would be a maximum of 15 participants per class, which shall be held face-to-face at UP Diliman.

Kids and tweens workshops have a registration fee of P7,000, while the ones for teens and professionals are worth P8,000.

There’s an early bird discount of P1000 until April 12 or until all slots are filled.


Do you want to write about climate change, pollution, and nature? The University of St. La Salle in Bacolod is holding its annual IYAS La Salle National Writers’ Workshop from June 16 to 22.

It accepts environmental poems, short stories, one-act plays, and creative nonfiction pieces in Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Kinaray-a, Filipino, and English.

Interested individuals may submit original and unpublished work in only one chosen genre and language: 6 poems, 2 short stories, 2 one-act plays, or 2 creative nonfiction works.

Only 12 applicants will be accepted, and their fellowship includes a travel subsidy.

The deadline is on April 19.

Visit the university’s website for more information.

Philippine languages

Do you write not only in Filipino but also in other Philippine languages? UP Departamento ng Filipino's Palihang Rogelio Sicat, named after the acclaimed novelist and playwright, will be held from June 5 to 9 at the Clark Freeport Zone in Mabalacat, Pampanga.

It accepts 5 poems, 2 short stories, 2 children’s stories, 4 flash fiction pieces, 2 creative nonfiction works, or 1 one-act play.

Applicants may submit in every category, but can only get accepted in one. Only 15 applicants will be chosen.

Non-Filipino language submissions must have a Filipino translation.

The deadline is on May 15.

Visit its Facebook page for more information.

Improvisational theater

Are you an aspiring actor? Theater organization Third World Improv is holding classes for improvisational theater.

For eight weeks, participants would participate in short-form games that would help them hone their acting skills. They’d also learn the philosophies and methods unique to the organization.

It would be held on seven Wednesdays and one Thursday (April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and June 5 and 13) at The Box Studios along E. Rodriguez Avenue in Quezon City.

Applicants must be 18 years old and up and do not need to have theater experience.

Tickets for the classes are worth P9,370.31. Registration is ongoing until slots are filled.

Visit Ticket2Me for more information.