#romanceclassYA happened and now we have these

December 1, 2017 - - No comments


Not sure if you were aware of this, but for the past three months, over 40 authors have been busy writing. I mean, maybe more than usual. We at the #romanceclass community opened up a free, online YA novella-writing class. Ines Bautista-Yao and Agay Llanera served as mentors, and the authors were asked to write a 30,000-word novella, for young adults, with Filipino characters. An additional challenge, because we like doing that: Incorporate a “Filipino thing” that you haven’t seen yet in any YA book.

The deadline was set for just before midnight on November 30, 2017. Now we have these YA novellas, by Filipino authors!

Lost and Found by Angel Constantino Aquino
In Tune by Yeyet Soriano
The Days I Hold Your Hand by EK Gonzales
Flipping the Script by Danice Mae Sison
The Love Team by Moras Dela Paz
More Than You Know by Celestine Trinidad
Riley and Grayson’s Guide to Saving the World by Catherine Dellosa
How You Get the Girl by Fay Sebastian
Before I’m Gone by Kristy Mauna
A Place for Us by Angeli E. Dumatol
The Brighter Side of Things by Miel Salva
Life of the Party by Kannika Claudine D. Peña
Fake Girlfriends by Mary Balane
Oceans Apart by Raissa Rivera Falgui
Princess in Distress by Nicai de Guzman
C and Other D by Jane Rocs
His Secrets to Keep by Paola Aliedo
And the Crown Goes To… by Mayumi Cruz
Take Me As I Am by Roda Tajon
Getting Hooked by KB Meniado
Then Comes Love by Romy Pena Cruz

Congratulations, authors! I’m so excited for these, and all the new stories and characters and settings they’ll bring to Filipino-authored YA.

These are finished drafts, in various stages of “ready for publication” and we’ll be helping the authors get their manuscripts out. Thank you, authors, for giving your time and words. And a reminder: the deadline was just one day we chose almost at random to ask you to submit a draft…but really you can do that any day. Write and finish, and let us know when you’re ready.


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Mina V. Esguerra writes and publishes romance novels. She founded #RomanceClass, a community of Filipino authors of romance in English.
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