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Oro writers group announces workshop fellows

The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (Nagmac), in partnership with the Libulan Queer Collective and the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA), awards twelve fellowships to young Mindanaoan writers for the 2018 CDO Young Writers Studio, which will be held at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan on Oct. 29 to 30.

The writing fellows for poetry are Gwyneth Sarah Marie Bengzon (Poetry in English/XU SHS); Francheska Marie Cortejos (Poetry in English/UP Diliman); Lance Harvey C Gonzales (Poetry in Binisaya/AdDU); and Michael John Otanes (Poetry in English/MSU-GenSan).

The writing fellows for drama are Sean Jhon Anecio (Play in Filipino/Jose Rizal Memorial State University) and Alessandro Kennz Nioda (Screenplay in English/XU).

The writing fellows for fiction are Jervin O Astillero (Flash Fiction in Filipino/Molave Vocational Technical School); Fatima Aiza R Majad (Short Story in English/Filipino-Turkish Tolerance School-Zamboanga); and Jeepee C Magallanes (Short Story in Binisaya/Bonifacio National High School).

The writing fellows for creative nonfiction are Freddielyn Bolasa-Pontemayor (Personal Essay in Filipino/DLSU); Mary Therese P Mole (Flash Nonfiction in English/XU); and Neil Teves (Memoir in English/Davao City National High School).

The apprentice-fellow for this year is Ikera L Olandesca (Little Me Academy). The Libulan Queer Fellowship is awarded to Fatima Aiza R Majad.

The workshop’s resident panelists are senior writers of Nagmac — poets Ben Aguilar and Ton Daposala; spoken word artist Adeva Jane Esparrago; screenwriter and playwright Dennis B Flores; fictionist and essayist Abigail C James; and fictionists NH Legaspi and EJ Villena. Joining them are this year’s guest panelists — poet Mariel Alonzo of Davao City, essayist Jade Mark B Capiñanes of General Santos City, fictionist R Joseph Dazo of Cebu City, fictionist Sigrid Gayangos of Zamboanga City, playwright Dominique La Victoria of Cagayan de Oro City, playwright Gil Nambatac of Iligan City, and essayist Ria Valdez of Davao City.

Leading the panelists is the workshop director, essayist, poet, and editor Alton Melvar Dapanas.

This year’s workshop is made possible with the support of Little Me Academy, Mr Ricardo Jorge S Caluen, Ms Peregrine Cayadong, and Ms Annie Gorra Rago.

Established in 2016, the workshop has consisted of craft lectures on writing genres and creative process, manuscripts critiquing/consultation, mentoring sessions, and some inputs from alternative press editors and indie publishers. (nagmac)

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