Creative nonfiction, not only writing on oneself

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“DO NOT limit [your work] by writing about yourself. You can write about other people. You can write about anything. [T]he way you live life will be reflected on the way you write.”

This was the message of veteran author Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo to budding writers during a discussion at the Benavides Building on Tuesday.

Hidalgo, director of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS), said experiences with other people could become material for creative nonfiction.

“You have to live life to the fullest, ‘yong magkaroon kang totoong kaibigan na tao, hindi yung nasa Internet [o] ‘yung virtual. Nothing beats reality, walang kwenta ang Net compared to what you experience,” Hidalgo said.

Hidalgo launched her newest book, titled “Collected Stories and Tales.” Literature professor John Jack Wigley and poet Paul Castillo also launched their books titled “Hantong: Mga Kuwento” and “Walang Iisang Salita,” respectively.

The event, titled “Yugto: Ang Iba’t Ibang Kabanata ng Pag-akda,” was organized by CCWLS and UST Publishing House.

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