Monday, January 31, 2005

dumaguete workshop

I have very good memories of my time as a writing fellow over at Dumaguete in 1992, basking in the radiance of the Tiempos. As fas as I'm concerned, this is THE writing workshop, easily eclipsing the others I've attended, including the UP workshop. It helped hone my skill, position my thoughts, and question my craft in many ways, some of them good, some of them quite devastating. At the time I applied, I had already a pair of playwriting Palancas under my belt and felt that my weakness was in fiction, in prose - so the samples I submitted for consideration were not drama but prose. I'm glad I did.

This year's panelists are a great bunch. If you haven't already, go ahead and apply. You owe it to yourself.

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The Dumaguete Literary Arts Service Group, Inc. (DüLA, Inc.) is accepting applications for fellowships to the 44TH NATIONAL WRITERS WORKSHOP (NWW) to be held on May 2-21, 2005 in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

There will also be a parallel workshop to the NWW, entitled THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE NON-FICTION WORKSHOP, with creative writing fellows from the United States.

The NWW Panelists this year are Lito Zulueta, Ophelia Dimalanta, David Genotiva, Francis Macansantos, Jaime An Lim, Ricardo de Ungria, Marjorie Evasco, Susan Lara, D.M. Reyes and Anthony Tan. They will compose the revolving panel together with National Artist for Literature, DüLA, Inc.Chairperson Emeritus and NWW Director Dr. Edith L. Tiempo and NWW Resident Panelists/Screening Committee Members Cesar Ruiz Aquino, Bobby Flores Villasis and Ernesto Superal Yee. To compose the panel for the parallel international workshop are Rowena Tiempo Torrevillas, Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr., Gemino H. Abad, Alfred A. Yuson, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo and Prof. Robin Hemley from the University of Iowa.

Twelve (12) NWW fellowships are open for all young writers all over the country.

The NWW Screening Committee, composed of three of NWW's Resident Writers, selects the writing fellows for the summer based on the manuscripts submitted by the applicants. These selcted manuscripts are forwarded to the Director of the Workshop, who does the final screening and formally approves the final line-up of writing fellows.

The NWW fellowship covers (1) board and lodging for the 21 days of the workshop; and (2) workshop manuscripts and reading materials.

The applicant must submit the following requirements:

1. Original manuscripts consisting of at least THREE TO FIVE (3-5) SHORT STORIES, or THREE TO FIVE (3-5) PERSONAL ESSAYS/CREATIVE NON-FICTION, or TWO (2) ONE-ACT PLAYS, or SEVEN TO TEN (7-10) POEMS. STORIES, ESSAYS, PLAYS AND POEMS IN ENGLISH ARE PREFERRED. ONLY UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. WORKS WHICH HAVE PREVIOUSLY WON IN LITERARY CONTESTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

2. An Application Letter addressed to NWW Director Dr. Edith L. Tiempo

3. A diskette containing the submitted literary works saved in Rich Text Format (.RTF)

4. A Certification that the works are original from a renowned writer or literature teacher

5. Two 2x2 pictures

6. A brief biodata or resume

These must be sent before the 31 MARCH 2005 deadline to:

DR. EDITH L. TIEMPO
DIRECTOR, NATIONAL WRITERS WORKSHOP
c/o College Assurance Plan
2nd Floor, CAP Building
Rizal Boulevard
6200 Dumaguete City
Philippines

Accepted fellows will be notified by DüLA, Inc.via air mail and e-mail. A press release with the complete list of fellows will be published by major Philippine dailies.

The 2005 National Writers Workshop is sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and College Assurance Plan.

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Addendum to DüLA, Inc. Press Release for the National Writers Workshop:

NWW will also accept applications with works that have been published between 2004 and March 2005

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