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 (12) writing fellowships to emerging Mindanaoan writers for the 2018 Cagayan de Oro Young Writers Studio, which will be held at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan in Cagayan de Oro City on 29 October (poetry and drama leg) and 30 October (fiction & creative nonfiction prose leg).
The writing fellows for poetry are Gwyneth Sarah Marie C Bengzon (Poetry in English/Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan Senior High School) from Cagayan de Oro City; Francheska Marie L Cortejos (Poetry in English/University of the Philippines Diliman) from Cagayan de Oro City; Lance Harvey C Gonzales (Poetry in Binisaya/Ateneo de Davao University Senior High School) from Lianga, Surigao del Sur; and Michael John Otanes (Poetry in English/Mindanao State University-General Santos) from General Santos City.
The writing fellows for drama are Sean Jhon Anecio (One-Act Play in Filipino/Jose Rizal Memorial State University-Main) from Dapitan City and Alessandro Kennz Nioda (Short Screenplay in English/Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan) from Cagayan de Oro City.
The writing fellows for fiction are Jevin Orceda Astillero (Flash Fiction in Filipino/Molave Vocational Technical School) from Molave, Zamboanga del Sur; Fatima Aiza R Majad (Short Story in English/Filipino-Turkish Tolerance School) from Zamboanga City; and Jeepee C Magallanes (Short Story in Binisaya/Bonifacio National High School) from Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental.
The writing fellows for creative nonfiction are Freddielyn Bolasa-Pontemayor (Personal Essay in Filipino/De La Salle University) from Maramag, Bukidnon; Mary Therese P Mole (Flash Nonfiction in English/Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan) from Cagayan de Oro City; and Neil Teves (Memoir in English/Davao City National High School – Senior High School) from Davao City.
The apprentice-fellow for this year is Ikera L Olandesca (Little Me Academy) from Cagayan de Oro City. The Libulan Queer Fellowship, given to a writing fellow whose manuscript is queer-themed, 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; 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 and playwright R Joseph Dazo of Cebu City, fictionist Sigrid Gayangos of Zamboanga City, playwright Dominique La Victoria of Cagayan de Oro City, poet and playwright Gil Nambatac of Iligan City, and essayist and poet 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.
To be inaugurated this year is the Antonio R Enriquez Memorial Lecture on Fiction to be delivered by F Sionil Jose Young Writers awardee NH Legaspi. The workshop will consist of craft lectures on writing genres and creative process, manuscripts critiquing and consultation, mentoring sessions, and some inputs from alternative press editors and indie publishers.
Established in 2016, the CDO Young Writers Studio is envisioned to be an open training platform and regional creative writing fellowship for unpublished and un-workshopped young writers from Mindanao.
The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC) is a young artists collective of poets, essayists, fictionists, playwrights, screenwriters, editors, and translators born and/or based in Northern Mindanao.