Monday, February 13, 2012

(free) trip to Iligan, anyone?

The 5-day all-expenses paid trip to Iligan (home of 23 waterfalls) was a "deadly" experience waiting to happen. It was at this time of the year (in 2007) when I heeded the call for submission of application to the National Writers Workshop in Iligan.

I came to Iligan without the benefit of any mentor or regional writers workshop. So, like most beginning writers who came before me, it was, as always, a baptism of fire.

To make the story short, I was happy I made the cut. It never occurred to me though that the competition was way tougher than I thought it would be  (more than a hundred applied for the 15 slots). That same year, two of my batch mates won the Palanca.

Application for this year's workshop is now open:

"The Mindanao Creative Writers Group, Inc., and the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension (OVCRE) are accepting applications from writers to the 19th Iligan National Writers Workshop (INWW) to be held on May 14-18, 2012 in Iligan City. 
 Panelists this year are Erlinda Kintanar Alburo, Leoncio P. Deriada, Merlie M. Alunan, German V. Gervacio, Steven Patrick C. Fernandez, Ralph Semino Galan, J. Neil Garcia, John Iremil Teodoro and Christine Godinez-Ortega and this year’s keynote speaker, Victor N. Sugbo. 
 Fifteen (15) slots, five each from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and one (1) slot each for the Manuel T. Buenafe Writing Fellowship (MTBWF) and the Ricardo Jorge S. Caluen Bursary for Creative Writing or a total of 17 slots are available for writing fellowships to the 19th INWW.

Applicants are required to submit five poems, or, one short story, excerpt of a novel, or, a one-act play in Filipino, English or in Sebuano, Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Waray, Chabacano (with English or Filipino translations) along with the applicant’s biodata, two 2X2 photos and a certification that his/her work is original. Please submit a hard copy and a CD with the manuscripts encoded in MS Word. Those submitting excerpts of novels or works-in-progress -- please provide a one page summary of the novel. Unpublished works are preferred and applicants who have attended regional workshops are given priority. 

 Writing fellows will be given free board and lodging and a travel allowance. Applications must be postmarked on or before March 30, 2012. No applications or manuscripts will be accepted if sent by fax or e-mail. Applicants are also advised to keep copies of their manuscripts since these will not be returned. Announcements of this year’s writing fellows are released during the third week of April 2012. 
 Applicants to this year’s workshop may download application and other forms at (under MSU-IIT OVCRE MMIDU).
 Send all applications to the 19th INWW Director c/o OVCRE, MSU-IIT, Iligan City. For more information call Pat Cruz, Leda Gonzales or Ofelia Taneo at telefax (063) 2232343; or e-mail:"

14th Iligan National Writers Workshop fellows 


  1. wow! this is a great oppurtunity for budding writers...

    ang bata mo pa dun sa pic ah... ^_^


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