The University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) announces the fellows to the 52nd UP National Writers Workshop to be held from March 31-April 8, 2013 in Baguio City. The fellows and associates of the UP ICW selected 12 writers in mid-career to participate in the annual workshop. This year’s workshop director is award-winning writer Prof. Romulo P. Baquiran, Jr.
This year’s fellows for English are Thomas David Chavez, Ralph Semino Galan, Anna Maria Harper, Gabriela Alejandra Lee, Joel Pablo Salud, and John Jack Wigley. Fellows for Filipino are Richard Gappi, Jim Libiran, Chuckberry Pascual, Rommel Rodriguez, Beverly Siy, and Emmanuel Velasco.
The workshop panelists are all advisers, fellows, and associates of the ICW. Aside from Romulo Baquiran, the panelists are National Artists for Literature Virgilio S. Almario and Bienvenido Lumbera, ICW director Jose Dalisay, Jr., Gemino Abad, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, J. Neil Garcia, Charlson Ong, Rolando Tolentino, Victor Carmelo Nadera Jr., and Jun Cruz Reyes.
Unlike most national writers workshops, the UP National Writers Workshop is only for advanced writers. The UP ICW is the lone institution that holds a workshop of this kind in the country. The current workshop format was borne out of the need to address the dearth of venues for writers in mid-career to exchange ideas on their craft and their current literary projects.
Prior to the new format, the UP ICW has held the annual UP National Writers Workshop for the country’s most promising beginning writers since the 1960s. Through the years other writing centers of other universities have instituted their own workshops for beginning writers, thus freeing the UP ICW to address other concerns.