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Happy #8LettersLitFest!

Dear Writers and Bookworms,

This email is your official invitation to the 8Letters LitFest event from 14 – 16 April. We can’t wait to celebrate the annual 8Letters LitFest with you. 

What is an 8Letters LitFest?

Firstly, let’s define what the annual LitFest is all about. When we started it a few years back, our aim was to gather authors and readers under one roof and celebrate our passion for literature. The first litfest was held in 2018, in Manila. The cafe was packed for the whole afternoon where we listened to book talks and an indie singer playing his guitar. 

The LitFest has evolved online as we aim to reach more readers and writers. And now, look at you – attending our international event along with 300+ literature lovers!

Here’s a rundown of the whole program. Pay attention to the link where you can participate in the talks and online market. 

April 14

Our online market officially opens.

Find the freshest books at www.8lettersbooks.com/shop. It has over 300+ books and for the 8Letters LitFest alone, we launched 50+ new books! 

Watch out for some author videos we’ll upload here on our page: www.facebook.com/8lettersbooks. Get behind the scenes as we watch authors talk about their books and zines. 

April 15 

10:00 a.m. – All Things Nerdy: Talk on Fantasy and Pinoy Scifi with Renato Tranquilino and David Anthony Chan (Watch here: )

Join us for a nerdy adventure as we explore the worlds of fantasy and Pinoy sci-fi in our upcoming webinar! Renato Tranquilino and David Anthony Chan will take you on a journey through the depths of these genres, covering everything from the most popular tropes to the hidden gems you might have missed.

In this webinar, Renato Tranquilino and David Anthony Chan will delve into the fascinating worlds of fantasy and Pinoy sci-fi. Renato will share his insights and knowledge about Pinoy sci-fi, covering its history, popular themes, and a lot more exciting topics. Meanwhile, David will discuss everything about fantasy, including psychological freedom, writer typology, and everything in between.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to discover new worlds and expand your horizons!

2:00 p.m. – Using AI in Creating Books with Cindy Wong (Watch it here: )

𝙈𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙬𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙧𝙣 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝘼𝙄 𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙚𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙢 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙪𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚. In light of this, our CEO, Cindy Wong has offered to share her perspective as a writer and publisher and discuss the use of AI in writing and book creation.

One potential advantage of using AI to create books is that it can potentially streamline the writing process and help authors overcome writer’s block. However, 𝙞𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙫𝙤𝙡𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙨𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙮 𝙥𝙪𝙩𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙖 𝙥𝙖𝙜𝙚. Writing requires a deep understanding of language, storytelling, and human emotions, which may be difficult for AI to fully replicate.

This talk will cover various topics, including the current legal landscape surrounding AI-generated content, the unwritten rules of etiquette for using AI in writing, and more. We hope to provide insight into AI’s potential benefits and drawbacks in the creative process by discussing these issues.

3:00 p.m. – Author Branding Workshop with Criselda Mari Santos (Private Event Gmeet Link: https://meet.google.com/ojr-cnmi-rww). 

𝘿𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙚𝙩𝙨 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙨 𝙖𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩?

They have talent and skill. They know how to engage their audience.

They also understand how 𝗔𝗨𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗜𝗖 𝗔𝗨𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗥 𝗕𝗥𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗡𝗚 works. 

We’re dishing out the tried and tested secrets to author branding, many of which we have learned from experience. This is your opportunity to learn and try your hand at:

  • deciding on your brand colors
  • crafting an author name that sells
  • writing a brand statement that’s uniquely yours
  • making photos work for you (even chibis and caricatures!) and
  • introducing you and your work with pizzazz

April 16 

10:00 a.m. – How to Have a Sustainable Writing Career with Michellan Sarile-Alagao (Watch here: )

Are you looking for ways to sustain your writing practice and make it a successful career? 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀 8𝗟𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀’ 𝘂𝗽𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗻 𝗦𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗲-𝗔𝗹𝗮𝗴𝗮𝗼 𝗼𝗻 HOW TO HAVE A SUSTAINABLE WRITING CAREER.

Attention all writers!

Join us on April 16, at 10 a.m. as Michellan Sarile-Alagao takes the virtual stage to share valuable insights on how to build a sustainable writing career. As a writer, editor, and publishing industry insider, Michellan has the knowledge and experience to guide you through the challenges and opportunities of the writing world.

𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸, 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗹𝗹 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲, 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲 𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲, 𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸. Michellan will also share tips on how to overcome writer’s block, deal with rejection, and stay motivated on your writing journey.

3:00 p.m. – Why Travel Writing Matters with Odyssa Rivera Abille (Watch it here: )

Do you love to travel and write? 

𝘿𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙨𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙥𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙡 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙣 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙?

Then, you won’t want to miss Odyssa Rivera Abille’s upcoming webinar on “Why Travel Writing Matters” at #8lettersLitfest2023 on April 16th at 3 pm.

In this exciting webinar, Odyssa will explore the significance of travel writing as a genre and its impact on readers and writers alike. 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗿, 𝘀𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗵𝘆, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘃𝗮𝗹𝘂𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗻𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀.

Whether you’re an aspiring travel writer, an avid reader of travel literature, or simply curious about the intersection of travel and writing, this webinar is for you!

There you go! Thank you very much for your support.

Happy LitFest! 

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