LIKHAAN: The University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) is now accepting applications for the first U.P. Basic Writers Workshop. This year, the focus is on Speculative Fiction. 


The Basic Writers Workshop is meant to complement the annual U.P. Writers Workshop, which has evolved to accommodate and mentor published writers in mid-career. The UP ICW envisions the Basic Writers Workshop as an opportunity for younger writers to have their works critiqued by a panel of established writers. 

The Workshop Director is Charlson Ong, with award-winning writers Eliza Victoria, Nikki Alfar, Will Ortiz, and Vladimeir Gonzales serving as panelists and teaching staff. 

For the purposes of the workshop, “speculative fiction” can be defined as “a broad literary genre encompassing any fiction with supernatural, fantastical, or futuristic elements.” 

The U.P. Basic Writing Workshop will accept 12 fellows: six writers in English and six in Filipino. Application is open both to published and unpublished writers who are between 18 and 35 years old as of August 15, 2016. Entries must be two unpublished stories (in English or Filipino, but not a combination of both) with a length of 3,000 to 10,000 words per story. 
The workshop is set for October 14 to 16, 2016 at the University Hotel on the U.P. Diliman campus. Successful applicants will receive a modest stipend, as well as board and lodging at the workshop venue. 

Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2016. 

For inquiries, contact 9818500 (2116) and look for Luna Sicat Cleto, Deputy Director of the UP ICW, or email