TWO THOMASIANS are among the sixteen fellows of the UST National Writers’ Workshop to be held on June 13 to 22 via Zoom.

Hezekiah Zaraspe, a masters in creative writing student, was chosen as a fellow for creative nonfiction.

Zaraspe said that he had been trying out for national writing workshops for five years.

“I think the journey to getting [this fellowship] was really about will and grit,” he told the Varsitarian. “I hope to refine my craft, I hope to find new ways to see my old writing.”

UST law student Cindel Ong was named a fellow under the poetry category.

“I most look forward to hearing the comments of my former professors and my fellows,” she said in an interview with the Varsitarian. “Their comments will surely help me improve.” 

The UST National Writers’ Workshop is spearheaded by the Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS) and is open to Thomasians and non-Thomasians.

Varsitarian publications adviser Joselito Zulueta is this year’s workshop director. UST CCWLS resident fellow Dawn Marfil Burris is the workshop coordinator. 

Aside from Zulueta and Burris, the teaching panel from CCWLS includes Director Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Asst. Director Ralph Semino Galán, and resident fellows Augusto Antonio Aguila, Ma. Ailil Alvarez, Mark Angeles, Paul Castillo, Joselito Delos Reyes, Nerisa del Carmen Guevara, Jose Mojica, Jenny Ortuoste, Ned Parfan, Chuckberry Pascual, and John Jack Wigley.

This year’s senior guest panelists are literary critic Gémino Abad, author Luna Sicat Cleto, poet-writer Jerry Gracio, and poet Vim Nadera. 

For the third straight year, the UST National Writers’ Workshop will be held virtually via Zoom.


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