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31st Cornelio Faigao Workshop Fellows Announced

Are you one of the writers who sent a submission to the 31st Cornelio Faigao Workshop? If yes, then you're one of the 91 submissions that the committee deliberated over last October 14, 2015. 
Due to the high volume of entries, the committee decided to give way to writers who have not been included in previous Faigao workshops. The decision was made to encourage neophyte writers and build the Cebuano literary community. 
Here is the press release of the 31st Cornelio Faigao Workshop regarding its announcement of writing fellows:

FAIGAO FELLOWS  The USC Cebuano Studies Center is pleased to announce the fifteen (15) fellows to the 31st Cornelio Faigao Memorial Annual Writers Workshop on November 3-5, 2015.
The workshop received 91 applications, an all-time high of submissions compared to the previous years. The screening committee deliberated on the applications last October 14, 2015.
This year’s fellows from Luzon in the category of the short story in English are Michelle Faulan C…

Searching for Cebuano poems? Check out Balakista!

Are you searching for Cebuano poems either because you are required for academic research or you simply want to read modern, fresh Cebuano poetry today? You should definitely check out Balakista: Tingog sa Batan-ong Bisaya.
This is a site that publishes Cebuano poems or locally referred as "balak bisaya" but did you know that it should have been "Balak Binisaya"? Bisaya refers to people while Binisaya is to the language, Cebuano. Mistakes like this is normal for people who have no thorough knowledge about Cebuano identity.
Balakista publishes mostly free-verse Cebuano poems. This is the type of poetry that most young poets embrace in their writing. Balakista has about more than 50 contributors and has been around for nearly four years.
If you're a newbie poet or if you are someone who wants to publish your own Cebuano poems, you can also submit it to Balakista, in their Facebook page
Balakista publishes your Cebuano poem for free and it will be available to t…

11th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop Accepting Fellowship Applications

Do you want to hone your creative writing skills by listening to critics?
Check out 11th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop and be in Samar for free! This is a chance for you to explore a new place, meet new people, and improve your creative juices. For me, workshops are beneficial to a writer's journey since this allows you to know which of the things you do works for them and what you can do to improve it.
Sa mga Bisaya diha nakong amigo ug amiga, panahon na ni nga makaadto kag Samar. Suwayi lang. Wala ta kahibaw, makatsamba diay ang imong kamaayo!
By the way, there will surely be food and drinks. You will definitely enjoy this!

Check out the news info I've got from my friends who love words:
The 11th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop calls for applications to a 3-day writing fellowship on November 26-28, 2014 at Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU), Calbayog City, Samar. Panelists invited in said workshop are Prof. Merlie M. Alunan, Ms. Daryll Delgado, Ms. Yvonne Esperas, M…

Cebu Literary Festival 2014

JUNE 27, FRIDAY. It's a day about everything literary at Ayala Center Cebu! Discover the beauty of words in literary talks, moderated conversations, exhibits, demos, presentations, a book launch and a music and poetry jam at end of day during the event.
The bonus: enjoy all of these treats for FREE!
Cebu Literary Festival 2014 is presented by Little Boy Productions and the Cebuano Studies Center  in cooperation with the Arts Council of Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu, 22 Tango Records, Happy Garaje, Kenneth Cobonpue, Style Assembly, Steven Atenta, East West CafĂ© at the IT Park, Pepper Lunch, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and Shakey’s.
For details, call (032) 233-0452 or join this public event in Facebook.
PROGRAM
1030am - Opening Remarks – Mayor Mike Rama
1045am – Talk: Ten Things You Need to Know about Being a Cebuano Playwright in NYC by Linda Faigao Hall
1145am – Presentation: Promoting Reading through Storytelling by Cris Evert Lato of the Basadours
12nn – Presentation: Pechakucha by Jay…

Travel Writing Lecture with Shivaji Das in UP Cebu

Are you a Cebu-based travel writer? Are you a travel writer whose currently in Cebu? Do you want to learn more about travel writing? Are you planning to document one of our future travels? Do you want to learn techniques on how to be a better travel writer?
If you have a YES answer to any of these questions,  we are pleased to invite you to the "UP CebuCreative Writing Program Lecture Series.”
This is a three-hour lecture from a renowned Asian travel writer Shivaji Das. He has given several talks on travel writing in Singapore, China, Indonesia and Brazil. This Singapore-based author of "Journey With the Caterpillar" (a humorous travelogue in Indonesia) will be having a lecture on Travel Writing on June 28, 2014, Saturday from 1:00-4:00 PM in UP Cebu AVR-2. Admission is free.
The novelist and PEN Awardee Gina Apostol and New-York based playwright Linda Faigao have previously conducted lectures hosted by the UP Cebu Creative Writing Program.

See you there, Creative Isko…