Last Saturday, I attended the Clever Hands Panel of the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2017 (#GoReadWrite2017 on social media channels). This was primarily about how to write steamy scenes in romance novels and the panel featured Spark Books and romanceclass authors. Not that I’m planning to write steamy romances anytime soon! I decided to go because I knew it would be a fun gathering with bookish people. Here’s the event poster:
And here are my Instagram updates about the event, swipe left to see all the pictures:
#GoReadWrite2017 panel on how to write steamy reads, featuring Spark Books and #romanceclass authors @minavesguerra @inesbyao @arkicpsanti @sixdlr @brijbautista. Key takeaways that I wholeheartedly echo as a romance reader: read a lot of steamy books and find out what works for you. As an author, you have to have that self-awareness of what's sexy for you. Also, all first drafts need a lot of work before being published! So I second the emphasis on having a good editorial process, please work with an editor who reads/focuses on the genre. Fun session that was followed by live readings!
#GoReadWrite2017 shenanigans from #romanceclass people: live readings and the kilig reactions, matchy matchy outfits of the live readers, meeting authors for the first time, conversations about romance, chika over churros with @readbyher, @arkicpsanti and my earrings.💕📚 I have doubled the number of live readings I've attended from ONE to TWO.😂🙌 I swear, the only time I ever make the effort to go to Makati is for romanceclass. Thanks for making it worth the byahe! . . . PS: "Gimme HEA" means "Give me Happily Ever After", ALWAYS a requirement in romance. It's not romance without HEA, people. Go to other genres, thanks.
As you can see from the pictures and captions above, it was indeed a fun bookish event. 🙂 Worth the effort I made to travel to Makati City, which isn’t exactly the easiest location for me to get to because of how bad traffic in Manila gets. This is also why I was only able to attend this one panel! I wish I planned things better so I could have been there the whole day to attend even more panels and activities. Oh well, I can keep that in mind for next year. In the meantime, there are more upcoming bookish events here in Manila that I’m looking forward to attending before the year ends. I know I keep saying this, but it really is nice to catch up on all of these in-person events that I kept missing while I was in Singapore.
That’s all for now, hope your weekend is off to a good start! 😀