Holding a creative writing workshop online has its own advantages and disadvantages. With the continuing pandemic and its adverse effects on our day-to-day activities, it is difficult to see how a workshop done through a computer screen can be productive. This is a challenge especially to educators, who must also consider their students and their ability to cope with the online format.

The Gemino H. Abad Creative Writing Seminar-Workshop returns this year to help educators come up with effective ways to teach creative writing. Lectures will include best practices for online teaching gathered from the experiences of classes and writing workshops held over the previous year. In keeping with pandemic precautions, the seminar-workshop will be held online via Zoom from September 22-25, 2021.

The workshop is planned to accommodate a maximum of 300 junior and senior high school teachers, as well as college teachers handling introductory creative writing workshop courses. The endorsement and advisory from the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will be posted soon.

Below are the requirements for application:

  1. Letter of intent which should include a pledge that the applicant is willing to participate in a seminar-workshop for teaching creative writing during a pandemic. The letter should also identify two preferred genres because slots will be allotted to each of the four genre workshops (poetry, fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction).
  2. Recommendation letter from one’s school principal or college/department head.
  3. A brief, one- to two-paragraph bio-note.

Address letters using the following information:
Anna Felicia Sanchez
Workshop Director
Likhaan UP Institute of Creative Writing

Submissions should be sent via email to [email protected] with the subject “Gémino H. Abad Seminar-Workshop 2021 Application.” The documents must be complete and valid for the application to be considered.

Deadline for submissions is extended to August 1, 2021.

The first run of the Gémino H. Abad Seminar-Workshop focused on teaching literature. This year, the Likhaan UP Institute of Creative Writing hopes to address the disconnect between creative writing and online education, with the ultimate goal of helping high school students develop their writing through a more conducive learning experience.

For inquiries, you may email us at email [email protected]