Bathalad Sugbo to hold writing workshop

THE Bathalan-ong Halad Sa Dagang (Bathalad) Sugbo, the oldest literary organization founded in Cebu in 1969, is now accepting applications for its fourth creative writing workshop.

The literary activity will happen at Handuraw Pizza Mango Square on Gen. Maxilom Ave. in Cebu City on Feb. 22-23, 2020.

Bathalad Sugbo’s workshop is offering eight fellowships for poetry and fiction to aspiring writers, young and old, who want to learn a few things about the craft of versification or narration, and to share their own aesthetics on writing.

Curious and interested applicants are required to submit their manuscripts on or before Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019.

The applicants for poetry should submit four balak or poems while the applicants for fiction should submit two sugilanon or short stories (10-15 pages).

The manuscripts should be in MS Word format, preferably Calibri, font size 12, double-spaced with the usual one-inch margin on each side. There should be a page number at the bottom of each page (not applicable for poetry). Published and unpublished works are qualified. Send applications as soon as possible to (email subject: BATHALAD 2020).

Applicants must attach their short bionote or curriculum vitae, and a one-page gumalaysay or essay describing the beauty of a flat tire. (Please take note that the applicant’s real name should not appear on the manuscripts except only when it is utilized in a poem or story.)

Accepted fellows will be provided with lunch, snacks and drinks in the two-day workshop. However, those living outside Cebu will have to cover their own travel and lodging expenses.

The panelists for the workshop are poet-diplomat Vicente Bandillo, Cebuano Studies Center director Hope Sabanpan-Yu, fictionist Carlos Cortés, fictionist Januar Yap, Bisaya Magazine editor Richel Dorotan, lexicographer Edgar Godin, and poets Jeremiah Bondoc and Noel Villaflor.


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