LIKHAAN: The University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) is now accepting applications for the 56th UP National Writers Workshop to be held in Los Baños, Laguna from March 12 to 19, 2017.

To qualify, applicants must (1) be writers in English or Filipino or other Philippine languages (in translation); (2) must have attended at least one creative writing workshop (national/regional, including the UP National Writers Workshops), earned a degree in Creative Writing/Malikhaing Pagsulat or related fields, or won at least one national/international literary award; (3) must have published at least one book of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or drama, or have had a full-length play or film produced. 

Writers who have been fellows at any of the UP National Writers Workshops are eligible. 

This year, the workshop will also be open to unpublished authors, as long as their works have already been accepted for publication, or are book-length/graduate-thesis projects which have already been successfully defended. These qualifications may be waived in exceptionally meritorious cases, with the unanimous concurrence of the UP ICW Fellows, Associates, and Advisers.

Applicants must submit a digital file (Times New Roman 12 points, MS Word format, double-spaced) of one original unpublished manuscript of no more than 6,000 words (short story, poem, creative nonfiction, play, or novel excerpt) to be discussed during the workshop. (“Unpublished” includes online publication and electronic media.) This must be accompanied by a digital file (same format as above) of an essay on “What I Write, How, and Why?” in relation to the work-in-progress, of no more than 2,500 words. This essay will be the basis for a 20-minute oral presentation that the fellow is expected to do during the workshop; (3) PDF or e-book copies of the applicant’s published work, including publication details; and (4) an accomplished application form (download link). 

Only writers who go through the complete application process will be considered for a fellowship. The chosen fellows must be present for the full duration of the week-long workshop. All fellows are entitled to a modest stipend, free hotel accommodation, and free transportation from UP Diliman to Los Baños and back.

The deadline for submission is December 15, 2016. All applications must be emailed by then to [email protected] An acknowledgment message will be sent for all applications received.

The Advisers, Fellows, and Associates of the UP ICW will comprise the workshop panel. They are National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, Gémino H. Abad, Jose Y. Dalisay Jr., Charlson Ong, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, J. Neil Garcia, Jun Cruz Reyes, Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera Jr., Luna Sicat Cleto, Isabelita O. Reyes, Eugene Y. Evasco, and Vladimeir B. Gonzales. Vladimeir B. Gonzales will be the director of the 2017 workshop. 

Complementing the Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Writers Workshop (ALBWW) which focuses on helping up-and-coming writers, the U.P. National Writers Workshop was designed for mentoring writers in mid-career.

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