SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY (SU) National Writers Workshop accepted ten writers for this year’s workshop fellowships. The workshop will be held at the Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village in Camp Lookout, Valencia from May 8 to 19.
The annual workshop, established by the late Edilberto and Edith Tiempo, holds its 56th edition this year.
For Poetry Fellowship, three writers were named: Elijah Maria Villanueva Pascual of Marikina City (Ateneo de Manila University), George G. Deoso of Quezon City (University of Santo Tomas), and Hezron G. Pios of Bacolod City (University of St. La Salle).
Arlene Theresa Avila of Surigao City (University of British Columbia), Matthew Jacob F. Ramos of Cebu City (Ateneo de Manila University), Vincen Gregory Y. Yu of Iloilo City (University of the Philippines-Manila), Cesar Miguel Lopez Escaño of Tacloban, Leyte (Ateneo de Manila University), and Maria Tanya Patricia Pilares Cruz of Quezon City (University of Santo Tomas) are for Fiction Fellowship.
Accepted for the Creative Non-Fiction Fellowship are Tiffany Corinne Conde of Quezon City (Ateneo de Manila University) and Catherine Anne A. Orda of Quezon City (De La Salle University).
This year’s panel of writers/critics involves Director-in-Residence Jaime An Lim, Resident Writers Cesar Ruiz Aquino and Ian Rosales Casocot as well as Regular Panelists Gemino Abad, Susan S. Lara, and Alfred Yuson. Guest Panelists Jose Wendell Capili, Grace Monte de Ramos, Danilo Francisco Reyes, Anthony Tan, and International Panelist Beth Yahp of Australia are also included.
The National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete is the oldest creative writing program in Asia. It is the only three-week long writer’s workshop in the country which aims to help writers hone their craft in the genres of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama.
*with notes from su.edu.ph and workshop kit 2016