In keeping with the UP ICW’s mission to promote Philippine literature and its development, segments of the upcoming 59th UP National Writers Workshop will be made available for public viewing through livestream on our website and Facebook page. We will begin with an opening program at 9AM on October 19, and for the succeeding days until the 23rd, there will be twelve (12) workshop sessions, one (1) for each fellow, and extension lectures. We will end this year’s workshop with the fellows’ graduation on October 23 at 4:30PM.

Those who wish to listen in and learn from the discussions are free to watch any of the sessions they are interested in.

The sessions are as follows:

October 19 (Monday)


Session 1 (10:00AM-11:15AM)
Emmanuel Barrameda (Bisperas, Nobela, Filipino)
Moderated by Jun Cruz Reyes

Session 2 (11:30AM-12:45PM)
Glenn Diaz (Yñiga, Fiction, English)
Moderated by Butch Dalisay

Session 3 (2:00PM-3:15PM)
Johanna Michelle Lim (The Map on My Skin, Creative Non-fiction, English)
Moderated by Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo

October 20 (Tuesday)

Session 4 (9:00AM-10:15AM)
Maynard Manansala (Baby Pusit, Dula, Filipino)
Moderated by Vim Nadera

Session 5 (10:30AM-11:45AM)
Jonnelie Reynes Santos (Hey! It’s Me Mattie!, Fiction, English)
Moderated by Anna Sanchez

Session 6 (2:00PM-3:15PM)
Honeylyn Alipio (Pacific Theater, Screenplay, Filipino)
Moderated by Rolando Tolentino

October 21 (Wednesday)

Extension Lectures (2:00PM-3:30PM)
Writing in the Time of Competing Narratives
Lecturers: Virgilio Almario, Eugene Evasco, Christine Lao, and Herlyn Alegre

October 22 (Thursday)

Session 7 (9:00AM-10:15AM)
Raissa Falgui (A Mythical Collection, Fiction, English)
Moderated by Charlson Ong

Session 8 (10:30AM-11:45AM)
Christine Lao (The Difference Between Abundance and Grace, Poetry, English)
Moderated by Gemino Abad

Session 9 (2:00PM-3:15PM)
Herlyn Alegre (Codename: Constantine/Ang Anino, Creative Non-fiction, Filipino/English)
Moderated by Ramon Guillermo

October 23 (Friday)

Session 10 (9:00AM-10:15AM)
Emmanuel Dumlao (Pauwi na ang Tawak, Nobela, Filipino)
Moderated by Luna Sicat Cleto

Session 11 (10:30AM-11:45AM)
Kate Osias (Odd Beats and Golden Strings, Fiction, English)
Moderated by J. Neil Garcia

Session 12 (2:00PM-3:15PM)
Fatrick Tabada (The Martian Law: Baks to the Future, Screenplay, Filipino)
Moderated by Vladimeir Gonzales


Tune in to our website and social media for more updates on the 59th UP National Writers Workshop. For any questions or concerns related to the workshop, you may message our Facebook page or email us at [email protected].