With 51 entries to consider, paring it down to the final 15 was not an easy task. Some hard choices had to be made, and after long deliberation, we now have the following fellows for the Davao Writers Workshop 2009.
Fellows for Fiction
Alpha Fortun (UP Mindanao)
Aaron Jalalon (UP Mindanao)
Edmund Julian de la Cerna (San Pedro College)
Eric John Villena (Xavier University)
Jeffrey Javier (UP Mindanao)
Fellows for Creative Nonfiction
Mary Ann Tarusan (Ateneo de Davao)
Jamie Villarosa (Ateneo de Davao)
Karen Quinones (University of Southeastern Philippines)
Rowena Rose Lee (UP Mindanao)
Fellows for Poetry
Allen Samsuya (UP Mindanao)
Jobelle Obguia (Ateneo de Davao)
Hannah Enanoria (Ateneo de Davao)
Henrietta Diana de Guzman (UP Mindanao)
Paul Randy Palua-Gumanao (Ateneo de Davao)
Vanessa Almeria (UP Mindanao)
A brief word: the selection process was not so much about finding the best pieces as it was finding the right pieces for lively and instructive workshop discussions. As such, we have had to pass on some truly excellent works. We do hope you all continue to hone your craft and submit to Dagmay and other publications.
To benefit more young Davao writers, we will also opening the workshop proceedings to a limited number of observers. Details to follow later.
The workshop takes place at La Storta Retreat House, Shrine Hills, Matina, from May 4 to May 8. Panelists are Marjorie Evasco, Tim Montes, Macario Tiu, and Don Pagusara.
Opening ceremonies for the workshop will be on May 4, 9:00 am, at Ateneo de Davao University. We hope to see you there.