Fellows to the 1st Cagayan de Oro Writers Workshop named

Events | March 27, 2016

Nine (9) young writers have been chosen as writing fellows for the 1st Cagayan de Oro Writers Workshop scheduled on 1 to 3 April at the Reading Room of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan’s Department of English in Cagayan de Oro City. Said writers workshop is organized by the Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), in partnership with XU Department of English.

The fellows are Jessmark D Acero, Christian S Baldomero, Adeva Jane H Esparrago, Stephanie Alexis C Gonzaga, Arvin E Narvaza (Poetry), Hazel-Gin L Aspera (Non-Fiction), Gari R Jamero, Jeany Mae D Macalam, and Ervin Patrick G Silva (Fiction). This year’s workshop will be paneled by critic-dramaturg Rogelio F Garcia, Jr and other esteemed writers in the city. NAGMAC is also looking into tapping the expertise of other local writers such as poet-fictionist Raul G Moldez, poet Arlene J Yandug, and fictionist-essayist Ma Elena L Paulma. Poet Mark Anthony L Daposala serves as the workshop director.

As one of NAGMAC’s thrust, the workshop aims to revitalize Cagayan de Oro’s local writing culture and assert its identity in the map of regional literatures in the country.

For inquiries from interested partners and sponsors, the workshop secretariat may be reached through email (cdopoetrynight@gmail.com) or through mobile (+63 9166232400).

Cagayan de Oro Writers Group Call for Applications

Events by | February 7, 2016

The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), a community of literary writers and literature enthusiasts that aims to revitalize the local literary scene, is now open for applications. Applicant must be a native of Northern Mindanao and/or currently based in the region.

Minimum qualifications:
(1) Willingness and availability to go to official activities such as spoken word events, writing workshops, etc.
(2) Sincere passion for and interest in writing and regional literature
(3) Openness to sharing and learning from community fellows, mentors, and invited speakers
(4) High effort and quality of outputs in workshops and others

Membership categories:
(1) Category A – writers who have publication history and have received fellowships from regional and/or national writers workshops organized by reputed writing centers and institutes
(2) Category B – writers whose works have already been published in literary anthologies, journals, and books
(3) Category C – beginning writers
(4) Category D – general members
(Please see application form for required manuscripts to be submitted per category.)

Please download the application form via https://goo.gl/mz9jm8. Fill out, print, and enclose it in a short brown envelope together with the required manuscripts. Hand-deliver it (and the Php 200 registration fee) to our secretariat during or after the spoken word event on 12 February, 6 to 9 PM, at Chingkee Tea.

Membership perks include a chance to be mentored by established local writers, regular peer critiquing of literary outputs, first-hand information on the latest creative writing opportunities (regional, national, and international writers workshops, literary contests, among others), book exchange, discounts on spoken word events, and merchandise.

USLS Announces the 16th IYAS National Writers’ Workshop

Events | January 20, 2016

The University of St. La Salle-Bacolod (USLS) is inviting young writers to submit their application for the 16th IYAS National Writers’ Workshop which will be held on April 24 – 30, 2016 at Balay Kalinungan, USLS-Bacolod.

Applicants should submit original work: either 6 poems, 2 short stories, or 2 one-act plays using a pseudonym, in two (2) computer-encoded hard copies of entry, font size 12 pts., double-spaced, and soft copies in a CD (MSWord). Short stories must be numbered, by paragraph, on the left margin.

These are to be accompanied by a sealed size 10 business envelope, inside of which should be the author’s real name and chosen pseudonym, a 2×2 ID photo, and short resume. Everything must be mailed on or before February 19, 2016.

Entries in English, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Tagalog or Filipino may be submitted. Fellowships are awarded by genre and by language.

Fifteen applicants will be chosen for the workshop fellowships, which will include partial transportation subsidy and free board and lodging.

This year’s panelists include Grace Monte de Ramos, RayBoy Pandan, D.M. Reyes, Dinah Roma, John Iremil Teodoro and Marjorie Evasco as Workshop Director.

Please submit your application to: Dr. Marissa Quezon, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of St. La Salle, La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City. For inquiries, please email iyasliterary@yahoo.com.

IYAS is held in collaboration with the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center of De La Salle University-Manila and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Fellows to the 2015 Davao Writers Workshop

Events by | October 7, 2015

dww logoThe Davao Writers Guild is pleased to announce the names of fellows to the 2015 Davao Writers Workshop, to be held October 27-31, 2015:

For fiction: Belle Dominique T. Sunga (Davao City), Jeany Mae Macalam (Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon), Akiko Jane Cortel (Naawan, Misamis Oriental), Czarina Lanes (Davao City), and Jeopril Jane Pableo (Digos City).

For the essay and play, respectively: Ma. Jocedel A. Zulita (Davao City) and Norman Ralph Isla (General Santos City)

For poetry: Stella Acosta (Davao City), Ram C. Manlatican (Davao City), Genica Mijares (Davao City), Mike Ariel P. Plaza (Butuan City), Saquina Karla Guiam (General Santos City), and Krishna Zarate (Davao City).

The panelists this year are Dr. Macario D. Tiu, Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, Nino Soria de Veyra, John Bengan, and special guest writer Dr. Rosario Cruz-Lucero. Workshop Director is Julian dela Cerna, assisted by Dom Cimafranca.

Fellows, panelists, staff, and guests of the 2014 Davao Writers Workshop
Fellows, panelists, staff, and guests of the 2014 Davao Writers Workshop

The 2015 Davao Writers Workshop is organized by the Davao Writers Guild in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture & the Arts (NCCA) and the University of the Philippines Mindanao, and will be held at Lispher Inn, Matina, Davao City.

Opening ceremony on October 27 will be at 9:30 AM, and the following days of the workshop will start with a craft lecture from each panelist, the topics of which will be announced later. The sessions are open to those interested to listen and meet the writers.

The 3rd Satur P. Apoyon Short Story Fiction Contest

Events by | September 16, 2015

Fiction story writers who are residents of Mindanao are invited to compete in the 3rd Satur P. Apoyon Tigi sa Mubong Sugilanong Binisaya. A contestant is allowed only one (1) entry. The story should be original (written by the contestant, in Bisaya/Binisaya), unpublished (not yet printed), and must not have won any awards or used as thesis or workshop material. The printed story must be from ten to twenty pages only (printed using Times New Roman font size 12 points on Letter-size paper with paragraphs printed in double-space).

Send entry to: The Public Relations Officer, Administration Bldg., U.P. Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City 8022. The entry envelope should contain: three copies of the story; a separate paper signed by the contestant stating that he/she is the author and that the story has not been published, awarded, or used as thesis or workshop material; and the contestant’s mailing address, e-mail, and cellular phone number.

An electronic copy of the entry in Rich Text Format (RTF) should be sent by email to: davaowritersguild-at-yahoo-dot-com-dot-ph (davaowritersguild@yahoo.com.ph).

Non-compliant entries will be disqualified. The criteria are: Language (25%), Technique (25%), Relevance (25%), and Overall Impact (25%). Cash prizes are: P5,000.00; P3,000.00; and P2,000.00, with corresponding Certificates of Award. Winners will be notified. The decision of the judges is final. The deadline for submission is 09 November 2015. This contest is organized by the Davao Writers Guild.

LitOrgy 7

Events by | September 6, 2015

Full house. Li7orgy, the seventh installment of LitOrgy, filled the rooftop of the Red Rooster restobar along McArthur Highway last August 29 and 30. This was the first LitOrgy held two nights in a row to accommodate an overwhelming turnout of literary enthusiasts from around the city. Photo by Kiana Kimberly Flores.
Full house. Li7orgy, the seventh installment of LitOrgy, filled the rooftop of the Red Rooster restobar along McArthur Highway last August 29 and 30. This was the first LitOrgy held two nights in a row to accommodate an overwhelming turnout of literary enthusiasts from around the city. Photo by Kiana Kimberly Flores.

Call for Applications for Davao Writers Workshop 2015

Events by | July 20, 2015

The Davao Writers Guild, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the University of the Philippines Mindanao, is now accepting applications to the 2015 Davao Writers Workshop to be held October 27 to October 31, 2015. Fifteen fellowships are available, of which four will be given to writers from outside Davao but residing in Mindanao.

Applications are for the following genres: short fiction, poetry, essay, and play, and they may be in English, Tagalog, and/or Binisaya. Entries should contain 2 short stories (1,000 to 5,000 words), 2 essays (1,000 to 5,000 words), 2 one-act plays, or 5 poems.

The entries must be the applicant’s original work and should not have undergone critique from a panel in another workshop or for a creative writing thesis. Accepted fellows will be given free board and lodging for the duration of the workshop. Alumni of the Davao Writers Workshop, as well as of national writers workshops, are not eligible to apply.

Applicants are to fill out the application form and attach the electronic copy of the manuscript. Deadline for submission is September 1, 2015. For inquiries, please contact Julian dela Cerna at juliandelacerna at gmail dot com

Applications are now closed. We will announce selected fellows soon.

Kumbira at People’s Park

Events by | April 12, 2015

The Davao Writers Guild (DWG), in partnership with Young Davao Writers (YDW), is celebrating National Literature Month with Kumbira, April 17, 2015 at the People’s Park. Kumbira, Binisaya for feast, gathers writers and other artists in appreciation for literature in all forms and genres through readings and an exhibit. With focus on writings from the region, the event will open at 4:00 PM with booths for Mindanao-published and/or independently produced books up for sale, such as titles from the Tubao Book Series (the publishing arm of the Davao Writers Guild), Balud Books, and SwitoTwins, Inc.

In a nod to the diversity of Philippine arts, Kumbira will also collect literatures from various ethnolinguistic groups for dissemination by way of print and audio recording, especially for those highly aural in form, like the lyric of Sama Dilaut (Badjao). Further, Davao Readers Circle (DRC), an association of book enthusiasts, will hold storytelling sessions with children at the park. And at 6:00 PM, Davaoeno writers will read or perform their own work—a poem or an excerpt from a longer prose piece. Among them are Tita Lacambra-Ayala and Jhoanna Lynn Cruz of DWG.

The year 2015 marks the country’s first celebration of National Literature Month as declared by Presidential Proclamation No. 968 with the aim to promote Philippine letters, as it is “associated with the history and cultural legacy of the State.” It is in line with various international literary celebrations, like International Children’s Book Day and International Day of the Book or World Book Day.

To know more about the event or to express interest in bookselling there, please contact Chi through cell phone number (0908) 547 0950, or Julian through email juliandelacerna at gmail dot com.

Announcing the Fellows for the 15th IYAS National Writers Workshop

Events by | March 22, 2015

The IYAS National Writers’ Workshop of the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City, has selected 15 Fellows for 2015, out of 72 applicants nationwide.

The fellows for fiction (in English) are Deo Charis Mostrales and Arnel Murga; (in Filipino) Heidi Sarno; (in Hiligaynon) Meryl Panuncio; and (in Cebuano) Mechelle Centurias.

Fellows for drama in Filipino are Eljay Deldoc and Bernalyn Sastrillo.

The fellows for poetry (in English) are Catherine Regina Borlaza, Elijah Maria Pascual and Maria Camille Rivera; (in Filipino) Juleini Vivien Nicdao and Aldrin Pentero; (in Cebuano) Adonis Enricuso and Dave Pregoner; and (in Hiligaynon) Patrick Jay Pangilinan.

The IYAS Workshop Director is Dr. Marjorie Evasco and the panelists for this year are Ms. Grace Monte de Ramos-Arcellana, Mr. Glenn Mas, Mr. Danilo M. Reyes, Dr. Dinah Roma-Sianturi and Mr. John Iremil Teodoro. IYAS Founder and Project Director Dr. Elsie Coscolluela also sits in the panel.

This year, the visiting writer who will be in the panel is Tim Tomlinson of the Asian American Writers Workshop of New York City.

The IYAS National Writers’ Workshop is co-sponsored by the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center of De La Salle University and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and will be held on April 26 – May 2, 2015 at the Balay Kalinungan Complex of the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City.

Announcing the Fellows for the 54th Silliman University National Writers Workshop

Events by | March 22, 2015

The 54th edition of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop is slated to start on 11 May 2015 at the Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village in Camp Look-out, Valencia, Negros Oriental.

Twelve writers from all over the Philippines have been accepted as regular workshop fellows.

The fellows for poetry are Aimee Paulette O. Cando of Quezon City (University of Santo Tomas), Angela Gabriele R. Fabunan of Olongapo City (University of the Philippines-Diliman), Darylle Luzarita Rubino of Polomolok, South Cotabato (University of the Philippines-Mindanao), and Mohammad Nassefh R. Macla of Davao City (University of the Philippines-Mindanao).

The fellows for fiction are Luis Manuel Diores of Cebu City (University of San Carlos), Patricia Corazon F. Lim of Quezon City (Ateneo de Manila University), Kristine Abelink Patenio of Murcia, Negros Occidental (University of St. La Salle in Bacolod), and Rodolfo Eduardo T. Santiago of Quezon City (Ateneo de Manila University).

The fellows for creative nonfiction are Jona Branzuela Bering of Cebu City (Cebu Normal University), Rowena Rose M. Lee of Manila (University of the Philippines in Mindanao), Miguel Antonio Lizada of Davao City (National University of Singapore), and Edmark Tejarcio Tan of Quezon City (University of Santo Tomas).

Khail Campos Santia of Malaybalay, Bukidnon (Silliman University) will join them as a special fellow for poetry. The names of other special fellows from around the Asia-Pacific region will be announced later.

Four alternates have also been chosen in case any of the regular fellows declines the invitation: Christian Jil R. Benitez of San Mateo, Rizal (Ateneo de Manila University) for poetry, Edmond Julian Y. Dela Cerna of Davao City (San Pedro College) and Matthew Jacob F. Ramos of Cebu City (Ateneo de Manila University) for fiction, and Fritzie D. Rodriguez of Balaga City, Bataan (University of the Philippines-Diliman) for creative nonfiction.

The workshop, which traditionally lasts for three weeks, is the oldest creative writing workshop of its kind in Asia. It was founded in 1962 by S.E.A. Write Awardee Edilberto K. Tiempo and National Artist Edith L. Tiempo, and was recently given the Tanging Parangal in the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining by the Cultural Center of the Philippines.