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.

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 Davao Writers Workshop 2014

Events by | June 28, 2014

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 2014 Davao Writers Workshop to be held October 23 to October 27, 2014. Fifteen fellowships are available, of which four will be given to writers from outside Davao but residing in Mindanao. more…

2013 Davao Writers Workshop Fellows

Events by | October 14, 2013

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The Davao Writers Guild is pleased to announce the fellows to the 2013 Davao Writers Workshop:

 

Poetry

Frank Lloyd de la Cruz (Davao)
Stephanie Gonzaga (Valencia, Bukidnon)
Vivialine Q. Salve (Davao)
Siverlyn Maghinay-Camposano (Digos)
Richard Moral, Jr. (Koronadal)
Glaiza P. Jimenea (Davao)

 

Fiction

Zakiyyah Sinarimbo (Davao)
Jeffren Pancho Miguel (Davao)
Jon Kristoffer Pizarro (Butuan)
Prescilla Dorado (Davao)
Jelly May Malatabon (Davao)

 

Creative Nonfiction

Bianca Beatrice C. Adle (Davao)
Abdul Jabbar A. Marohom (Davao)
Christine Joy Salazar (Davao)
Reah Izza T. Paglinawan (Davao)

 

The panelists this year are Dr. Macario D. Tiu, Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, Nino Soria de Veyra, John Bengan, and guest writer Dr. Jaime An Lim.

The 2013 Davao Writers Workshop is organized by the Davao Writers Guild in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture & the Arts and UP Mindanao, and will be held at Lispher Inn, Matina, Davao City, from October 28 to November 1, 2013.

The workshop sessions are open to those interested to listen in and meet the writers.

Call for Entries: 2nd Satur P. Apoyon Tigi sa Mubong Sugilanong Binisaya

Events by | July 11, 2013

Fictionists who write in Bisaya and reside in Mindanao are invited to join the 2nd Satur P. Apoyon Tigi sa Mubong Sugilanong Binisaya. The deadline for submission is September 30, 2013.

The story should be original (written by the contestant), unpublished (not yet printed in any newspaper, magazine or book), and must not have won any awards. The printed story must have a minimum length of ten (10)  but must not exceed twenty (20) pages (encoded using Times New Roman, font size 12 points on letter-size paper, in double-spaced paragraphs). The contest entry packet should contain the following: three (3) 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 or awarded, with the contestant’s mailing address, e-mail, land-line and cellular phone number. The entry should be transmitted to: Rene A. Estremera, U.P. Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City 8022. 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 automatically disqualified.

Each contestant is allowed only one (1) story as his/her entry. The criteria for judging are: Language (25%), Technique (25%), Relevance (25%), and Overall Impact (25%). The decisions of the board of judges will be considered final. Cash prizes are as follows: first prize, P5,000.00; second prize, P3,000.00; third prize, P2,000.00, and winners will be notified by cellphone and email.

This contest is a project of the Davao Writers Guild.

Call for Applications: 2013 Davao Writers Workshop

Events by | July 4, 2013

The Davao Writers Guild (DWG), in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and University of the Philippines Mindanao, will hold a writers workshop on October 28 to November 1, 2013. Deadline for application is September 21, 2013.

Who May Apply: Fifteen writing fellows will be selected for the workshop. Applicants must be residents of Davao and Mindanao. Only two slots, however, are allotted to fellows within Mindanao but residing outside Davao & will receive transportation allowance of up to P1,000. Fellows will receive free board and lodging for the duration of the workshop. Past fellows of the Davao Writers Workshop, as well as of national writers workshops, are not eligible to apply.

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She, the City

Fiction by | February 24, 2013

Mrs Elizaga had been standing for some time in the middle of the living room with one hand touching her throat and a broom in the other, while she stared at the front door, which was firmly shut and bolted; through the gaps between the door and its jambs streamed the harsh light from outside like metal blades. Clods of dirt had been gathered at her feet, and the blue plastic dustpan stood, as if waiting, in one corner. She was used to keeping house and did so with as much fervor even after the children had all gone to families of their own and even years after her husband’s death. But that day she thought that all that had been taught her in housekeeping—or rather, everything that had been her practice—was incorrect and that her entire life dedicated to that task as wife and mother had been a mistake. But perhaps, she thought, it was because what she expected to come home anytime that day was a husband coming home from the grave.

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