The University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) announces the fellows to the 53rd UP National Writers Workshop to be held from 6-13 April in Baguio City. The fellows, associates, advisers of the UP ICW selected twelve writers in mid-career to participate in the annual workshop. Heading this year’s workshop is award-winning writer Prof. Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr., who is also the current director of the UP ICW.
This year’s fellows for English are Raul Moldez, Cyan Abad-Jugo, Marcy Dans Lee, Ina Alleco Silverio, Joel Pablo Salud and RJ Ledesma. The fellows for Filipino are Mark Angeles, Renato Vibiesca, Ferdinand Pisigan Jarin, Nonon Carandang, Rogelio Braga and Joselito delos Reyes.
The workshop panelists are all advisers, fellows, and associates of the ICW. Aside from ICW director Jose Dalisay, the panelists are National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, Gemino Abad, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, J. Neil Garcia, Charlson Ong, Rolando Tolentino, Victor Carmelo Nadera Jr., Jun Cruz Reyes, Rosario Cruz Lucero, Heidi Emily Eusebio-Abad, Luna Sicat Cleto and Eugene Evasco.
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.