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October 1, 2012

UP National Writers Workshop

52nd UP National Writers Workshop

LIKHAAN: The University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW) is now accepting applications for the 52nd UP National Writers Workshop to be held in Baguio City in April 2013.

The following are the submission guidelines:

QUALIFICATIONS – To qualify, applicants (1) must be writers in English or Filipino; (2) must have attended at least one creative writing workshop (national/regional, including the UP National Writers Workshops), or earned a degree in Creative Writing/MalikhaingPagsulat, or won at least one national/international literary award; (3) must have published at least one book of poetry, fiction, nonfiction or drama, or have had a full-length play or a film produced. Writers who have been fellows at any of the UP National Writers Workshops are eligible. Some of these qualifications may be waived in exceptionally meritorious cases, with the unanimous concurrence of the UP ICW Fellows, Associates, and Advisers.

REQUIREMENTS – Applicants must submit (1) five copies plus digital file (12 points, double-spaced, 8 x 11) of one original unpublished manuscript (short story, poem, creative nonfiction, play, or novel) to be discussed during the workshop – this manuscript should not have been submitted to a publishing house or any other workshop, and should form at least 20% of a book project in progress; (2) five copies plus digital file (12 points, double-spaced, 8 x 11) of an essay on "What I write, how, and why?" in relation to the work in progress. This essay will be the basis for a 20-minute presentation that the fellow is expected to do during the workshop; (3) photocopies of the applicant’s published work, including publication details; and (4) application form (available at the UP ICW office in UP Diliman and on the ICW-maintained website

Only writers who go through the complete application process will be considered for fellowship.
Fellows must be present for the full duration of the weeklong workshop.
All fellows are entitled to a modest stipend, free hotel accommodation, and free transportation from UP Diliman to Baguio City and back.

The deadline for submission is October 31, 2012.
The Advisers, Fellows, and Associates of the UP ICW comprise the workshop panel. These are UP ICW Director Jose Y. Dalisay Jr., National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, National Artist for Literature BienvenidoLumbera, Gémino Abad, Charlson Ong, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, J. Neil Garcia, Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera Jr., Jun Cruz Reyes, and Rolando Tolentino. The director of the 2013 workshop is Likhaan Associate Romulo P. Baquiran, Jr.

Previously dedicated to helping up-and-coming writers, the U.P. National Writers Workshop has been reformatted to mentoring writers in mid-career. The workshop aims to help writers who have already published, or are on the verge of publishing, a book or have won major literary awards, further hone their craft.

For inquiries, call 922-1830 and ask for Francis Quina or email

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