2017 Davao Writers Workshop held
THE 2017 Davao Writers Workshop was organized and successfully completed by the Davao Writers Guild from November 30 to December 4 at Ponce Suites Gallery Hotel in Davao City.
The five-day workshop discussed the 25 and more fiction stories, poems, and nonfiction essays of the workshop fellows for the purpose of strengthening their writing skills.
Dr. John Labella of Ateneo de Manila University was the Guest Panelist who also delivered the Keynote Lecture titled “Poems in Search of Landscape”, wherein he elaborated on poetry and human perception in the immersive presence of landscapes and their history.
The panelists who led the workshop discussions were Dr. Labella, Dr. Macario Tiu, Dom Cimafranca, Nino de Veyra, John Bengan, Jay Quintos, and Jhoanna Lynn Cruz.
Craft lectures on writing were also given by selected panelists. Associate Professor Cruz spoke on the “Ekphrastic Technique”, Assistant Professor Bengan elaborated on “Making a Scene: Drama and Narration in Fiction”, Asst. Prof. de Veyra’s lecture was titled “Shadow Play: Crafting a Poem”, and Dr. Tiu talked about “Choreography in Fiction”.
The workshop, likewise, hosted the local book-launch of “Bloodlust: Philippine Protest Poetry (From Marcos to Duterte)” on December 2.
The workshop fellows -- a mix of students and professionals representing various Mindanao regions who were selected from almost 70 applicants -- were Innah Alaman, Jan Vernix Atis, Charmaine Carillo, Crestie Contrata, Mivida Garcia, Marc Lañada, David Oquendo, Erlyn Piolo, Ian Salvaña, Mubarak Tahir, Diosel Uyangoren, Hannah Villarba, Ralph Wabingga, Jay Yañez, and Angelo Yu.
The Workshop is a project of Davao Writers Guild, National Commission on Culture and the Arts, and University of the Philippines-Mindanao (UP-Mindanao). Darylle Rubino served as Workshop Director with Gracielle Deanne Tubera as Deputy Workshop Director.
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