Guam Workshop Develops Children’s Books In Pacific Languages

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Kid’s stories in indigenous languages to be published for FestPac

By Jerick Sablan

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Aug. 6, 2015) – To prepare for the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts being held in Guam next year from May 22 to June 4, the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency and the Forums, Workshops and Seminars Committee for FestPac is hosting a five-day workshop to develop children’s books in indigenous languages.

The goal is to get children’s stories in indigenous languages published before the festival.

Thousands of people from 27 island nations across the Pacific will be in Guam to showcase their unique culture.

The workshops are free and being held every Saturday in August at the CAHA gallery in the Terlaje Building in Hagåtña and are part of the "Connect Me, Create Me, Promote Me" Workshop Series sponsored by the Guam Visitors Bureau.

Good turnout

Rosa Palomo, who’s overseeing the workshop, said the turnout has been more than they expected. During the first day of the workshop last week, they were only expecting 15 people, but about 25 showed up. Everyone who came was excited to start and become published authors, she said.

The writers will be able to work with local artists, who will help illustrate their books, Palomo added.

"It’s a win-win situation," she said.

Palomo said it’s exciting to have so many people write stories in their indigenous languages and to be able to share them in time for FestPac.

Next week’s workshop participants will need to have an outline and first draft of their story, Palomo said.

"We want that end product," she said.

The workshop is also a trial run to see what kinks need to be worked out before representatives from the 27 island nations participate in a similar indigenous children’s book workshop during FestPac.

Department of Chamorro Affairs President Joseph Cameron said there will be a spot at the Hagåtña branch of the public library for all the books for FestPac.

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