UST holds 2020 National Writers’ Workshop online
THE University of Santo Tomas ( UST) Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS) is holding its annual National Writers’ Workshop from November 9 to December 2, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., via Zoom Conference.
Now on its ninth workshop after the center’s revival in 2012, the center will guide 15 writing fellows via cyberspace from the comforts of everyone’s home, in contrast to workshops of previous years that were usually held in Baguio City.
This year’s fellows consist of professionals and graduateschool students from all over the country who were selected based on the merits of their submitted works. The fellows are Elsie C. Albis ( Dula, UST); Cat Aquino (Short Story, Ateneo de Manila University); Napoleon I. Arcilla, III ( Maikling Kwento, Catanduanes State Colleges); Adelaimar C. Arias Jose (Short Story, University of the Philippines); Rommel Fabros Bonus ( Maikling Kwento, UP); Neil Angelo S. Cirilo (Sanaysay, Central Luzon State University); Kimberly Crisologo (Short Story, UST); Ralph Lorenz G. Fonte ( Tula, UP); Carmel Ilustrisimo (Creative Nonfiction, UST); Ansherina May D. Jazul (Screenplay/ Dula, Polytechnic University of the Philippines); Ma. Jhayle Ann Marie Z. Meer ( Poetry, UP); Miguel Enrico C. Paala, III ( Tula, UP); Pietros Val R. Patricio (Creative Nonfiction, De La Salle University); Gesuina Marie D. Puangco ( Poetry, DLSU); and Larry Boy B. Sabangan (Sanaysay, West Visayas State
The teaching panel is led by Dr. Gémino Abad— senior guest panelist, premiere poet, literary critic and theorist of Philippine poetry in English. Other guest panelists are fictionist Luna Sicat Cleto, as well as poet and screenwriter Jerry Grácio.
The rest are from the UST CCWLS: Director Professor Emeritus Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Assistant Director Ralph Semino Galán, as well as resident fellows Dr. Augusto Antonio Aguila, Ma. Ailil Alvarez, Paul Castillo, Dr. Joselito Delos Reyes, Nerisa del Carmen Guevara, Dawn Laurente Marfil, Jose Mojica, Ned Parfan, Dr. Chuckberry Pascual, Dr. John Jack Wigley and Joselito Zulueta.
The teaching panel is composed of fictionists (short story writers and novelists), essayists, poets, literary critics, playwrights, screenwriters and translators in English and Filipino. Most of them write in two or three genres, while some are bilingual or even trilingual.
This year’s workshop director is Del Carmen Guevara, a poet who has diversified into creative nonfiction writing as well as performance art. Workshop coordinator is Dawn Laurente Marfil, who dabbles in creative nonfiction writing.
UST’S National Writers’ Workshop has produced more than 100 writing fellows since its revival in 2012, a good number of whom have won prizes in the Palanca Awards and other prestigious award- giving bodies, while others have published books.