De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) High School (HS) Batch 1970 alumnus and award-winning journalist Nestor Cuartero conducted a feature writing workshop attended by BULIK staffers, Jan. 12, 2017 at the MMR 1.
Cuartero, a veteran journalist, entertainment columnist, editor, and lecturer, shared his experiences as a campus journalist in DLSL in the late 1960s as he began the workshop. That, according to him, was the start of his journalism stint. He recalled using a small typewriter back then, also going to Vito Cruz whenever BULIK would be published.
“The best job is one that does not feel like work,” Cuartero noted. He reiterated on how his knack for writing has led him to where he is today. He likewise emphasized the importance of reading. He urged the workshop participants to read as much as they can. “Feed your mind with words. They are your main lifeline. Do a lot of reading and listening,” he stressed.
Cuartero also pointed out strategies in writing feature articles. One of them is adopting the “Iceberg Theory” of writing (coined by Ernest Hemingway). According to the theory, a story’s deeper meaning must not show on the surface; instead, it must implicitly shine on the inside. Along with this, the veteran journalist noted the importance of searching for a few key details, capturing the essence of the larger picture, drawing readers closely, and creating surprise and drama to be an effective feature writer.