Acclaimed screenwriter, playwright and novelist Ricky Lee is in the midst of training over two dozen writers from GMA Network’s Public Affairs department, some of the Kapuso Network’s executives and a pool of writers from the Entertainment Group.
The in-depth workshop began last February 5 with Lee sharing his talent and insights on how to craft stories for television and films that capture and move the audience. He is also helping participants develop their individual and group storylines.
Lee said the idea of training a team of Public Affairs personnel was intriguing to him.
“Working in News and Public Affairs, they should draw their stories from their rich reservoir of real experiences and insights, so they will have a distinct voice.”
This voice, is what he is now helping the group create.
“I find the workshoppers to be very open and receptive, which makes the workshops very exciting and challenging at the same time,” he noted.
Lee, who turned 73 years on March 19, is considered a visionary in the Philippine TV and film industry. He has penned over 180 scripts that include “Himala” (1982), “Salome” (1981), and “Brutal” (1980). He has frequently collaborated with esteemed directors Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal and Marilou Diaz-Abaya. He has also written several books — among them “Trip to Quiapo,” which has become a must-read for aspiring scriptwriters.
He is a recipient of more than 70 awards, including the 2020 Camera Obscura Artistic Excellence Award from the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).
Lee has been giving workshops for budding scriptwriters to help them reach their full potential in the field of writing.