UST holds 2020 Na­tional Writ­ers’ Work­shop on­line

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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.

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