Children's literature will be the focus of the 10th San Agustin Writers Workshop, scheduled on May 2-5, 2012 at the Residence Hotel, Iloilo City. Ten writing fellowships are available this year, the Fray Luis de Leon Creative Writing Institute at the University of San Agustin Center for Research and Publications (UCRP), organizer of the annual workshop, announced.
Selected fellows will learn from distinguished panelists, all of whom have won awards in the prestigious Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, and citations from other award–giving bodies for writers. Dr. Leoncio Deriada, who is on the Palanca Hall of Fame, will set the tone for the four-day workshop.
Completing the panel are: Dr. Genevieve L. Asenjo, chair of the Department of Literature at De La Salle University Manila; Dr. Isidoro M. Cruz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of San Agustin; Dr. Alice Tan-Gonzales, Literature professor at the University of the Philippines – Visayas, Prof. John Iremil E. Teodoro, Language professor at Miriam College, and Mr. Marcel Milliam, who won the First Prize in Poetry for Children (Filipino) in the Palanca Awards last year.
Preference is given to applicants from within the Western Visayas region since the advocacy of the Institute is to support writers in Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a and Akeanon.
Interested applicants must submit the following: application letter; letter of recommendation from any faculty member of their school or any established writer in the region; curriculum vitae with colored ID picture, contact numbers (landline/cellphone/email address); parent’s consent to attend the workshop (for minors); and two creative works (children’s literature, one in English and one in any regional language - Akeanon, Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, or Filipino), with translation in either English or Filipino.
Fellowships include free board and lodging during the workshop. The names of selected fellows will be announced on April 20, 2012.