The IYAS National Writers' Workshop is held every summer in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. It was first conducted in 2001 as a module in that year's Negros Summer Workshops in Multimedia. Since then, it has grown into an independent workshop managed by the University of St. La Salle (USLS) in cooperation with the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center of De La Salle University and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Each year, the workshop awards fifteen fellowships to writers from all over the country in the genres of fiction, poetry, and drama, and the languages English, Filipino, Cebuano, and Hiligaynon.
The fellows for fiction (in English) are Hazel Meghan Hamile and Gari Real Jamero; (in Filipino) Abby Pariente and Isaac Ali Varona Tapar; and (in Cebuano) Roehl Joseph Dazo and Mae Tiffany Galendez.
Fellow for drama in Filipino is Adrian Crisostomo Ho.
The fellows for poetry (in English) are Miguel Antonio Lizada and Regina Angelica Theresa Bengzon; (in Filipino) Abner Dormiendo and Joey Tabula; (in Cebuano) Herminigildo Sanchez and Reyanne Joy Librado; (in Kinaray-a) Tracy Javines; and (in Hiligaynon) Anne Franceine Jean Corillo.
Alternate fellow for poetry (in English) is Nancy Ayeng.
The IYAS Workshop Director is Dr. Marjorie Evasco and the panelists for this year are Ms. Grace Monte de Ramos-Arcellana, Mr. Danilo M. Reyes, Dr. Dinah Roma-Sianturi and Prof. John Iremil Teodoro. IYAS Project Director Atty. Raymundo Pandan, Jr. will also be in the panel.
Apart from the critiquing sessions, workshop activities include a lecture from one of the panelists, a cultural tour of historic sites and landmarks in Negros Occidental, and individual consultation time between fellows and panelists. (PR)