Saturday, March 13, 2010

UST announces 1st Thomasian Writers Workshop

The office of the Writer-in-Residence of the University of Santo Tomas is announcing the holding of the very first Thomasian Writers Workshop which will be held this summer at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) campus in Manila.

This first of a series of annual workshops catering exclusively to Thomasians is open to writers—students, alumni, faculty members or non-teaching staffers—who have not been awarded fellowships to any national writing workshop.

The workshop will be held from May 10 to 15, 2010 at the St. Raymund's Building in UST and the last two days of the workshop will be tentatively held in a resort in Laguna.

The six-day workshop will focus on poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction both in English and Filipino. To conduct the workshop are major figures in the local literary circle, such as UST Writer-in-Residence Ophelia A. Dimalanta and Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista. They will be assisted by other Thomasian writers Eros Atalia, Carlomar Daoana, Lourd de Veyra, Michael M. Coroza, and Al Dimalanta. Guest panelists will also be invited during the workshop proper.

Some 20 fellowships will be available for the workshop. Applications for the workshop will be accepted from February 1 to March 15, 2010. Applicants should submit three printed copies (on short bond paper) and a CD or diskette containing soft copies in MS Word format of their manuscript (at least five poems or two fiction or non-fiction pieces in English or Filipino).

They should also submit their resumé, a 2x2 ID photo, and a certification of authenticity duly signed by any official from their college or faculty or any officer from the institution or company they are presently employed in.

The successful fellows for the workshop will be announced on March 31, 2010. Interested parties may call 406-1611 loc. 8281 (Tuesday to Saturday) or e-mail for more details. Manuscripts, however, should be mailed or hand-delivered to Dr. Ophelia A. Dimalanta, UST Writer-in-Residence, ground floor, St. Raymund's Building in UST.

This first-ever exclusive Thomasian Writers Workshop is only one of the many activities that the UST is holding for its students, alumni, and faculty members in conjunction with the celebration of the University's 400th year in 2011. 

Related Link: 20 Fellows to the 1st Thomasian Writers Workshop (May 17-22, 2010)

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