Wednesday, April 20, 2011


The Mindanao Creative Writers Group, Inc., and the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension (OVCRE) are accepting applications from writers to the 18th Iligan National Writers Workshop (INWW) to be held on May 23-27, 2011 in Iligan City.

Panelists this year are Erlinda Kintanar Alburo, Leoncio P. Deriada, Merlie M. Alunan, German V. Gervacio, Steven Patrick C. Fernandez, Antonio R. Enriquez, Ralph Semino Galan, Christine Godinez-Ortega and this year’s keynote speaker, Pearlsha B. Abubakar, 9th INWW Fellow (2002).

Fifteen (15) slots, five each from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and one (1) slot each for the Manuel T. Buenafe Writing Fellowship (MTBWF) and the Ricardo Jorge S. Caluen Bursary for Creative Writing or a total of 17 slots are available for writing fellowships to the 18th INWW.

Applicants are required to submit five poems, or, one short story, excerpt of a novel, or, a one-act play in Filipino, English or in Sebuano, Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Waray, Chabacano (with English or Filipino translations) along with the applicant’s biodata, two 2X2 photos and a certification that his/her work is original. For short stories, excerpts of novels or plays, please submit a hard copy and a CD with the manuscripts encoded in MS Word. Those submitting excerpts of novels or works on progress — please provide a one page summary of the novel. Unpublished works are preferred and applicants who have attended regional workshops are given priority.

Writing fellows will be given free board and lodging and a travel allowance. Applications must be postmarked on or before March 25, 2011. No applications or manuscripts will be accepted if sent by fax or e-mail. Applicants are also advised to keep copies of their manuscripts since these will not be returned. Announcements of this year’s writing fellows are released during the third week of April 2011.

Applicants to this year’s workshop may download application and other forms at

Send all applications to the 18th INWW Director c/o OVCRE, MSU-IIT, Iligan City. For more information call Pat Cruz, Leda Gonzales or Ofelia Taneo at telefax (063) 2232343; or e-mail:

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

UST Holds 3rd National Criticism Workshop

UST Holds 3rd National Criticism Workshop

The University of Santo Tomas is now accepting applications to the 2011 UST J. Elizalde Navarro National Workshop in Criticism on the Arts and Humanities to be held in Baguio City on the last week of May 29 to June 4, 2011.

The workshop is endowed and organized by the Varsitarian, the 83-year-old official student publication of UST. It is held in honor of the late Nationalist Artist for the Visual Arts and art critic J. Elizalde Navarro, who was art editor and critic-poet of the Varsitarian during his student days, and in connection with the Quadricentennial Celebration of UST which was established in 1611.

Fellowships will be given to 12 promising young critics who would like to enhance their analytical, research and writing skills.

To be considered for the fellowship, applicants should submit a scholarly, properly documented critical essay (10-15 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font) on the following art forms (painting, sculpture, architecture, dance, drama, music, film or photography) on or before April 30, 2011.

Manuscripts should be submitted in hard copy and on CD, preferably in MS Word, together with an updated resumé, a recommendation letter from an academic mentor or an art critic, a certification that the works are original, and two 2X2 ID pictures.

Address all applications to Assoc. Prof. Ferdinand M. Lopez and Asst. Prof. Ralph Semino Galán, Workshop Conveners, Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Santo Tomas, España Street, Sampaloc , Manila. E-mail for further inquiries.

An Invitation to Literature Teachers and Professors in the Visayas

An Invitation to Literature Teachers and Professors in the Visayas

Dear Sir/Madam:

Warm greetings from the Philippine PEN Board of Directors!

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) is conducting a series of teaching literature workshops in selected regions of the Philippines this year. Called “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College,” this project is geared toward retooling and upgrading the skills of literature teachers in both secondary and tertiary levels. This project is supported by PEN International in UK, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The first workshop was successfully held last March 25 in Far Eastern University-Manila.

The second of the series, a lecture-workshop on teaching poetry and fiction in English, Filipino and regional languages, will be held on May 6, from 8:30am to 4:00pm, at the University of San Agustin’s Conference Room, Blanco Hall, General Luna St., Iloilo City. PEN authors and Metrobank Outstanding Teacher Awardees Dr. Marjorie Evasco and Dr. Leoncio Deriada will serve as the facilitators.

In this regard, may we invite your faculty members to participate in this workshop? There is no registration fee. A workshop kit and a certificate of attendance will be given to each participant.

At this point, PEN is making arrangements with possible patrons to sponsor the lunch for the participants. We have not finalized anything though. However, may we assure you that there are decent and affordable eateries located within and outside the campus.

For pre-registration, please submit the name/s of your participant/s and your school to PEN. You may email PEN at, or please text +639175287491.

Thank you for your kind attention. We look forward to your participation.

Very truly yours,

Joselito B. Zulueta
National Secretary
Philippine Center of International PEN
c/o Solidaridad Bookstore
531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Tel. (632) 5230870; Telefax (632) 5255038