UP Prof Arao Trains Writers on Press Release, Technical Writing

DILIMAN, Quezon City ---- "Writers are made, not born."

University of the Philippines professor cum journalist Danilo A. Arao stressed this one- liner during the recent seminar he conducted -- the Seminar-Workshop on Press Release and Technical Writing.
Arao noted that " the secret to good writing is meticulous rewriting." Effective writing, he disclosed, is to use short and simple words and to read aloud one`s draft to identify errors in grammar and lengthy sentences. " A good writer is as good as his or her last output," Arao added.

Twenty - four writers from selected government agencies, non-government agencies, private sector and the academe in Metro Manila and in Regions 1, 5, 6, 7 and 11 attended the activity. Athena Agape B. Baguisi, Theresa Aurora B. Cosico and Beatriz A. Yanga represented the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI).
Arao used the practice-theory in surfacing the experiences of the partcipants like the lecture-discussions, workshop and reporting and critiquing of outputs. In one of his lectures, he remarked that good writers spend more time reading than writing. He discussed the topics on Principles of Writing, Press Release Writing Skills and Technical Writing Skills.
During the workshop, each participants had intensive exercises on writing a memorandum, solicitation letter and a press release based on their experiences during the training. Arao critiqued each work and suggested points for refinements. He said to avoid the use of "legalese" or "corporatese" style of writing and inventing of words.

The Development Center for Asia Africa Pacific (DCAAP), a Manila-based non-profit international training organization, conducted the seminar-workshop on August 18 - 20, 2010 at the University of the Philippines School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP SOLAIR) Bonifacio Hall, Emilio Jacinto St. Diliman, Quezon City. (Beatriz A. Yanga with photo from DCAAP)