LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative of Writing (UP ICW) announces the fellows to the first Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop (ALBWW) to be held on October 14-17, 2016 at Microtel, UP TechnoHub, Diliman Quezon City. Presided over by this year’s Workshop Director Charlson Ong, the UP ICW has selected twelve stories from twelve writers.

The 2016 ALBWW fellows for English are Paul Cyrian Baltazar, Rachel Castañares, John Leir Castro, Vida Cruz, Arby Medina, Arianne Patricia Onte, and Rosemarie Urquico. The fellows for Filipino are Mary Gigi Constantino, Joel Donato Ching Jacob, Christian Ray Pilares, Isaac Ali Tapar, and Kristoffer Aaron Tiña.

This year’s ALBWW focuses on works of Speculative Fiction and Sapantaha, with award-winning fictionists Nikki Alfar, Vladimeir Gonzales, Will Ortiz, and Eliza Victoria serving as panelists and teaching staff.

Initially dubbed UP Basic Writers Workshop, the workshop was renamed Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop in honor of “The Grand Dame of Southeast Asian Children’s Theatre” and UP Professor Emeritus Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio. The ALBWW is envisioned to complement the annual UP National Writers Workshop, which has grown to accommodate writers in mid-career.