TO SPREAD the creative ferment in and out of the campus, the UST Center for Creative Writing and Studies (UST-CCWS) will conduct a seminar for Baguio City teachers on the teaching of fiction, drama and poetry on April 27.

According to UST-CCWS assistant director Joselito Zulueta, there is a need to retool teachers for them to effectively teach literature. The teachers would benefit from it because they would learn the tricks of the trade from writers who are also educators, he added.

The UST-CCWS started the seminar last year when it held its first out-of-town UST National Writers Workshop. At the time, the seminar tackled the state of Philippine literature.

The UST-CCWS also named 15 budding writers as fellows to the third UST National Writers Workshop on April 21-27 in Baguio City.

The fellows were selected from a field of 67 applicants nationwide who submitted entries for fiction and poetry in English and Filipino.

The fellows for English fiction are Merry Anne Moll of Ateneo de Naga University, Francezca Theresa Kwe of UST, and Ustetika award winner Pocholo Martin Goitia. On the other hand, the fellows for Filipino fiction are Melissa Rellosa of Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) and Eunice Barbara of the Occidental Mindoro National College.

English poetry fellows are Jeanie Nieva of AdMU, Anjeline de Dios of AdMU, Jay Malaga of the Colegio de San Agustin-Bacolod, Alexander Agena, Jr. of the University of the Philippines (UP), Ustetika award winner and former Flame editor in chief Frederick Dimzon, and Varsitarian Literary writer Sheila Lynn Molarto. Filipino poetry fellows are Ustetika hall of fame award honoree and 2001 Rector’s Literary Award winner Randell Suba, Jose Jason Chancoco of Far Eastern University, and Jan Mikael Co and Leonardo Balmaceda, Jr., both of AdMU.

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UST-CCWS directress Dr. Ophelia Dimalanta and senior associate Dr. Cirilo Bautista are the workshop directors while workshop panelists are Zulueta, and junior associates Rebecca Añonuevo, Michael Coroza, Lourd Ernest de Veyra, and Jose Victor Torres.

Meanwhile, former Varsitarian associate editor Carlomar Daoana obtained a fellowship to the University of St. La Salle-De La Salle University Writers Workshop in Bacolod City on May 9-13.

Moreover, Angelo Suarez and Allan Pastrana, both Rector’s Literary Award winners got fellowships to the National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete next month.

Another Ustetika 2001 award winner and incoming AB Legal Management senior Joseph Rosmon Tuazon earned a fellowship from the UP National Writer’s Workshop for Filipino fiction. The workshop was held in Baguio City last April 1-15. Teodoro Lorenzo A. Fernandez


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