On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing will be holding the Gémino H. Abad Seminar-Workshop on Teaching Literature on September 20-22 at the University of the Philippines Hotel, UP Diliman, Quezon City. This ICW project will accommodate a total of fifty (50) junior and senior high school teachers in the K-12 curriculum from all over the country.
Interested participants are enjoined to carefully read the rules for application, which are as follows:
 Who may apply:

  1. The Gémino H. Abad Seminar-Workshop on Teaching Literature will be open to teachers in junior and senior high school. Priority will be given to those teaching literature and related humanities subjects.2. From a total of fifty accepted participants, 12 to 13 slots will be allotted to each of the four genres (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and drama). Participants should state two genres in the application letter (one priority and the other as alternate) so that if the slots for one genre get filled up quickly, there would be a second option available. 

How to apply:

  1. Applicants must submit: a) a letter of intent which should include a pledge that the applicant is willing to participate in a workshop session of a literary text based on the genre he or she gets accepted for; b) the title and author of two (2) literary texts used in class, in two of his or her preferred genre (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or drama) as well as the title of the textbook the selections were taken from; c) a recommendation letter from one’s school principal; and d) a brief, one- to two-paragraph bio-note.
  2. Submissions should be sent via email to [email protected] with the subject “Gémino H. Abad Seminar-Workshop 2018 Application.” Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

The workshop’s resource persons will recommend the qualified participants, and the UP ICW will approve the final list. The three-day Gémino H. Abad Seminar-Workshop is free of admission, and the ICW will provide lunch as well as mid-morning and mid-afternoon merienda for the participants. However, the workshop will not cover participants’ transportation and lodging.  The deadline for submission of applications is on August 31, 2018. The final participants list will be released by August 2018.
The Gémino H. Abad Seminar-Workshop will feature an honorary lecture by Dr. Gémino H. Abad. Resource persons, discussants, and workshoppers for this seminar-workshop are Mr. Alfred Yuson for fiction, Ms. Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta for poetry, Ms. Susan Lara for creative non-fiction, and Mr. Floy Quintos for drama.
The rationale behind this seminar-workshop is the training of teachers in junior and high school in discussing literary texts that are now being used in textbooks for our classrooms. This is crucial in light of developments brought about by the K-12 curriculum. The project already has the endorsement of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The ICW is just waiting for the advisory from the Department of Education (DepEd), which should also come out soon.
The Gémino H. Abad Seminar-Workshop on Teaching Literature aims to help establish a more standardized basis for literary discussion and analysis, as well as in choosing which works in both English and Filipino are most appropriate for inclusion in our school textbooks. In a bigger sense, the seminar-workshop aims to aid our teachers in better educating our K-12 junior and senior high school students.
For inquiries, you may call the UP ICW at 981-8500 local 2117 or email [email protected].