Kumustahan 2018: Creative Writing in the Philippines Today was a seminar-workshop held from October 21 to 25, 2018 at One Tagaytay Place. The event gathered together Likhaan fellows as well as guest writers working in the major languages to take stock of the creative writing situation in the country, encompassing a range of literary forms, practices, and genres.
The rubric of creative writing signifies an openness to new and emerging forms of literature while similarly recognizing the instructional and institutional reality of creative writing subjects and programs in the Philippines. These varying practices generate their own cultural effects, including the emergence of varying creative cultures and communities.
Invited guests reported on the conditions of creative writing practices across the country, encompassing literary production and reception, industry strengths and weaknesses, creative writing instruction, aesthetic influences, literary styles, trends, and themes, challenges and opportunities, etc. They also shared notes from their own experiences within their respective writing communities. Co-directed by Dr. Romulo Baquiran Jr. and Dr. J. Neil Garcia, the series of conversations revolved around four (4) themes: workshopping the workshop; expanding the community; the new media; and trends and prospects.
“Filipino Creative Writing in English”
Merlie Alunan, represented by Michael Carlo Villas
“Hiligaynon – Kinaray-a”
John Iremil Teodoro
Jun Cruz Reyes