Second Call | Henry Lee Irwin SJ Chair Creative Writing Workshop 2019 at the Ateneo de Manila University


The Henry Lee Irwin SJ Professorial Chair for Creative Writing Endowment Fund of the Ateneo de Manila University invites playwrights to submit works-in-progress or proposals that deal with adaptations for the stage, to the Irwin SJ Chair Creative Writing Workshop for Playwriting.

This year’s Irwin SJ Professorial Chair holder, award-winning playwright Rodolfo “Rody” Vera, will conduct the workshop on March 2, 9, 30, and April 6, 2019.

Ten (10) competitive fellowships are at stake—six (6) for students or members of the Ateneo de Manila community and four (4) for the general public.

The four-Saturday workshop focuses on adapting materials (foreign or local) for the Filipino stage. Vera will discuss adapting for theater, drawing on his own experience, as well as on the practices of other artists in Philippine contemporary theater. He will then guide participants in writing their own play adaptations using their materials of choice, whether fiction (a novel or a short story), film, a graphic novel, another play (foreign or Filipino), or even fragments of biographies, memoirs, etc.

Vera has been writing for Philippine theater for the past three decades. He is also an actor, theater director, and dramaturg. Among the highest accolades he has received are the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Fame, the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Francisco Balagtas from the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, and the Gawad Tanglaw ng Lahi from the Ateneo de Manila. He is currently the executive director of The Writer’s Bloc Inc., and committee member and co-founder of the annual Virgin Labfest.

Interested participants must submit the following:

1. If a work-in-progress, two hardcopies [1.5 spacing, Times New Roman, font size 12].

2. If a pitch [single-spaced, Times New Roman, font size 12], two hard copies of a one to two-page adaptation proposal containing the following:

a. title of the original work, author, form of work [novel, film, graphic novel,
etc.]

b. brief background and/or synopsis of the adaptation project

c. adaptation concept and rationale [motif, location setting, manner of
execution, etc.]

Both work-in-progress and pitch [and its consequent output] may be written in Filipino or English.

All submissions must be accompanied by a fully accomplished application form downloadable from this link: https://docdro.id/EN1NeYC.

Entries must be placed in a brown envelope and submitted to

Dr. Louie Jon A. Sánchez
Coordinator, Henry Lee Irwin SJ Chair Creative Writing Workshop 2019
Department of English, School of Humanities,
G/F De La Costa Hall,
Ateneo de Manila University,
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights,
Quezon City 1108

on or before February 16, 2019.

Accepted applicants will be notified by February 23, 2019.

The Ateneo de Manila Department of English administers the Irwin SJ Professorial Chair. From time to time, it invites distinguished Filipino writers to teach creative writing classes and deliver a public lecture.

For inquiries, email the coordinator at lsanchez@ateneo.edu or call 4266001 local 5310.


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