UP NATIONAL WRITERS WORKSHOP

The UP National Writers Workshop is the annual workshop of Likhaan: The UP Institute of Creative Writing (ICW).

One of the first workshop directors was the late N.V.M. Gonzalez. The workshop panel is comprised of the current roster of UP ICW Advisers, Fellows, and Associates. The current roster includes National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist for Theater Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio, Gemino H. Abad, Romulo Baquiran, Jose Dalisay, Jr. , Eugene Evasco, J. Neil Garcia, Vladimeir Gonzales, Ramon Guillermo, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Vim Nadera, Charlson Ong, Jun Cruz Reyes, Anna Felicia Sanchez, Luna Sicat-Cleto, and Rolando Tolentino.

Previously dedicated to up and coming writers, the workshop has been reformatted to mentoring writers in mid-career. The workshop aims to help writers who have already published (or in the process of publishing a book), or writers who have won major literary awards, further hone their craft. 

Writers from all over the Philippines compete for the twelve fellowships offered by the workshop. It is focused on individual manuscripts in poetry, fiction, screenplay, novel, and drama written in English, Filipino, or other Philippine languages provided that they are accompanied by a translation in English or Filipino.

Typically, the call for submissions is yearly around September.

Fellows’ poetics essays, session summaries, and photos from previous workshops may be viewed in the workshop blogs linked below. 

50th UPNWW (2011/Baguio)
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51st UPNWW (2012/Baguio)
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52nd UPNWW (2013/Baguio)
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53rd UPNWW (2014/Baguio)
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54th UPNWW (2015/Baguio)
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55th UPNWW (2016/Los Baños)
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56th UPNWW (2017/Los Baños)
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57th (2018/Baguio)
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58th (2019/Baguio)
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