57th Silliman University Writers Workshop

Silliman University together with the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts presents the 57th Silliman University Writers Workshop on May 7 to 18 at the Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village in Camp Look-out, Valencia, Negros Oriental and the Silliman University Campus.

The panel of writers/critics for this year includes director-in-residence Jaime An Lim, resident writers Cesar Ruiz Aquino and Ian Rosales Casocot, as well as regular panelist Marjorie Evasco. They will be joined by guest panelists Linda Alburo, Dean Alfar, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, Noel Tuazon and Anthony Tan. Ten writers from all over the Philippines have been accepted as workshop fellows. They are the following:

Poetry in English

  •     Romalyn Ante of Lipa City, Batangas
  •     Catherine Cando of Quezon City, Metro Manila

Balak (Poetry in Binisaya)

  •     Wilfreda Cabusas of Talisay City, Cebu
  •     Herminigildo Sanchez of Catbalogan City, Samar

Short Fiction

  •     Sigrid Gayangos of Zamboanga City, Zamboanga
  •     Reil Benedict Obinque of Kiblawan, Davao del Sur

Creative Nonfiction

  •     Jade Baylon of Digos City, Davao del Sur
  •     Rhounee Ron Kevin Frany of Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
  •     Joel Donato Ching Jacob of Manila, Metro Manila

One-Act Drama

  •     Manuel Tinio of Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila

For this year, the Workshop accepted manuscripts for Balak (poetry in Binisaya) with corresponding English translation, which will further enrich workshop discussion regarding the craft of poetry rendered in different languages and the cultural nuances that underpin such expression.

Silliman University Writers Workshop a success since 1962

Founded in 1962 by S.E.A. Write Awardee Edilberto K. Tiempo and National Artist Edith L. Tiempo, the workshop is the oldest creative writing workshop of its kind in Asia. It was recently given the Tanging Parangal in the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The 57th Silliman University Writers Workshop continues the legacy of the Tiempos in giving value to literature and creative writing in the Philippines.

For more information about forthcoming events during the 57th Silliman University Writers Workshop, e-mail Workshop Coordinator Lady Flor Partosa at or call the Department of English and Literature at (035) 422-6002 loc. 350. (Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center)

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