The Libulan Queer Collective is set to hold the 2019 Cebu Young Writers Studio on 21 to 22 February at the University of Cebu – Banilad in Cebu City.
After a rigorous screening and deliberation process based on the potentiality of submitted manuscripts from 89 applicants, the selection committee has chosen this year’s roster of writing fellows.
The writing fellows for poetry are Kyla Presmei Depakabibo, Jennifer D Ebdani, Eugene A Magallanes III, Gino P Paradela, and Alek Daniel L Sy. The writing fellows for fiction are Bryle Felix Javier, Kenjiro P Mitsui, and Jimbo M Pantas. The writing fellows for the essay are Astrid Marie Ilano and Marvin Florentino Pableo. The writing fellow for drama is Reyna C Cadiz.
The Cebu Young Writers Studio will consist of manuscripts critiquing and consultation, craft lectures on literary genres and writing process, mentoring sessions, inputs from alternative press editors, and other parallel writing exercises. These will be facilitated by young writers from the Libulan Queer Collective, Hablon, and other young writers groups from the southern Philippines. The craft lectures will be delivered by the editors of the forthcoming Dan-ag Literary Journal of Central Visayas.
The Libulan Queer Collective welcomes teachers of English, Filipino, Literature/Panitikan, and Creative Writing/Malikhaing Pagsulat from higher education institutions and junior/senior high schools to observe the sessions. Letters of intent addressed to the workshop director R Joseph Dazo, MA may be sent to email@example.com. Slots are limited.
As an adaptation of the CDO Young Writers Studio, the Cebu Young Writers Studio aims to be a safe space for new ways of writing where emerging writers from Central Visayas, East Visayas, and West Visayas are engaged in a dialogue of critical discourse and creative practices situated in and shaped by geopolitics and aesthetics of writings from and about the southern Philippines, and where these same writers are not subjected to a “promotion of deference and reproduction of hierarchies, but a multiplication of approaches and cultivation of difficult originality” (Charlie Samuya Veric, 2017).