Thomasian writers named fellows in UP National Writers’ Workshop

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Thomasian poet Paul Castillo receives the first prize in Tula category during the awarding ceremony of the 68th Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature last Oct. 5 at the Peninsula Manila in Makati. (Photo by Hazel Grace S. Posadas/ The Varsitarian)

TWO THOMASIAN writers are set to join the 58th UP National Writers’ Workshop.

Paul Castillo and Dawn Marfil, resident fellows of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS), will be participants for tula (poetry) and creative nonfiction, respectively.

“Dahil itinuturing na mid-career workshop ang UPNWW, pakiramdam ko na nasa ibang level na ang mangyayaring pagsalang at pagpapabasa ng mga bagong akda ko,” Castillo told the Varsitarian.

Castillo, author of “Walang Iisang Salita” (UST Publishing House, 2018), said workshops are significant both for published and new writers to improve their works through others’ reading perspectives.

He also emphasized that workshops should not be the only basis in the process of refining one’s craft.

“Hindi ibig sabihin nito na doon na lamang iikot ang rebisyon dahil desisyon pa rin ng sumailalim sa workshop kung paano niya paghuhusayin ang pagsulat,” he said.

Marfil, who teaches literature in the University, wrote “Looking for Polaris,” also published by the UST Publishing House.

The workshop panel includes National Artists for Literature Virgilio Almario and Bienvenido Lumbera and CCWLS Director Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo

The UP National Writers’ Workshop will be held on July 7 to 14 in Baguio.

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