The 54 th Silliman University National Writers Workshop that will open May 11 at the Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village in Camp Look-out, Valencia town, Negros Oriental, will be participated in by 12 writers from all over the Philippines, a press release from SU said yesterday.
This year's panel of writers/critics includes director-in-residence Ricardo de Ungria, Dumaguete-based writer César Ruìz Aquino, and regular panelists Gémino Abad, Marjorie Evasco, Susan Lara, and Alfred Yuson; and guest panelists Timothy Montes, Dinah Roma, Patricia Evangelista and Eliza Victoria. They will be joined by foreign panelists, Dr. Gwee Li Sui of Singapore and Dr. Tammy Ho Lai Ming of Hong Kong.
The workshop will feature lectures by Gwee Li Sui on “Poeticising Love”, 10 a.m. May 14, at the ASRC Robert B. and Metta J. Silliman Library, and Tammy Ho on “The Ghost in the Machine: Poems on Photographs”, 10 a.m. on May 21, also at the ASRC Robert B. and Metta J. Silliman Library. Ho will also have the Philippine launch of her first poetry book, “Hula Hooping” 5 p.m. May 21, in the same venue, the press release said.
On May 14, the National Book Development Board will hold a panel discussion on book publishing, preparing manuscripts for publication, and online publishing, with NBDB ED Graciela Cayton, Andrea Pasion Flores, and Mina Esguerra at the Byblos Reading Room. Flores, the country's first literary agent, has expressed interest to see writers on May 15 from Dumaguete, Bacolod, Cebu, and nearby islands, who have ready manuscripts with them. Those interested may call the SU Department of English and Literature at (035) 422-6002 local 350.
Evasco and Lara will also talk on literary friendships and doing writing residencies abroad, 10 a.m. May 28 at the Byblos, and the public is invited to attend the lectures for free.
For more information, those interested may email workshop coordinator Alana Leilani Cabrera-Narciso at email@example.com, or call the Department of English and Literature at (035) 422-6002 local 350, the press release added.*
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