The deadline for the Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop has been extended to August 30. This year’s focus is on speculative fiction.

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.

The Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers 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 Application is open both to published and unpublished writers who are between 18 and 35 years old as of August 15, 2016. Entries must be two unpublished stories (in English or Filipino, but not a combination of both) with a length of 3,000 to 10,000 words per story.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 portfolio must be accompanied by a short bionote, not more than 150 words. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the stories.

The workshop is set for October 14 to 16, 2016. Successful applicants will receive a modest stipend, as well as board and lodging at the workshop venue.

The upcoming U.P. Basic Writers Workshop of LIKHAAN: The University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) has been renamed the Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop in honor of “The Grand Dame of Southeast Asian Children’s Theatre”. Founder and manager of the Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas, an official U.P. children’s theatre and puppetry troupe, Lapeña-Bonifacio is also an accomplished author whose work spans multiple genres. She has written 20 books, 40 plays, 130 stories, and several essays, which include the results of her researches on theatre as Research Fellow of several local and international grants.

Lapeña-Bonifacio is now a Professor Emeritus of U.P. She served as Professor of English and Chair of the Creative Writing Program where she instituted courses in Creative Writing, later formalizing them as undergraduate and graduate programs. She also helped in the establishment of the Creative Writing Center which she headed as Director from 1986-1995. She worked for the recognition of more women writers and held workshops on children’s literature, the last of which gave birth to two important organizations: KUTING (writers for children’s books) and INK (illustrators of children’s books).

She is the recipient of over 50 national and international literary prizes and awards and is cited in a number of encyclopedia and British, American and Indian Bibliographies. Now in her mid-80s, she still writes plays and continues to set the direction of children’s literature and children’s theatre in the country.

For inquiries about the first Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop, contact 9818500 (2117) and look for Luna Sicat Cleto, Deputy Director of the UP ICW, or email