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The 22nd Ateneo Heights Writers Workshop (AHWW) was held from February 4-6, 2017 in Calamba, Laguna. AHWW is one of the oldest school-sponsored writing workshops in the country. This year’s organizing team was headed by Workshop Director Marco Bartolome (4 AB LIT-ENG), himself an alumnus from last year’s AHWW, and Assistant Director Alex Tuico (3 BFA AM), who is also Heights’ Production Manager.

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This year’s fellows were: Nikki Blanco (4 AB COM, nonfiction), Tracey Dela Cruz (5 BS PSY, nonfiction), Bee Leung (3 BS PS, nonfiction), Wella Lobaton (2 AB IS, tula), Cymon Lubangco (2 AB EC, tula), Kurt Marquez (4 AB LIT-ENG, poetry), Ryan Molen (2 BS LfSci, fiction), Chaela Tiglao (3 BS PSY, fiction), Alie Unson (4 AB LIT-ENG, nonfiction), and Jolo Urquico (3 BS MIS, poetry).

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The workshop consists of panel discussions of each of the fellows’ works in their particular genres. Each year, panel discussions are facilitated by esteemed writers, critics, and instructors in the Philippine literary scene. This year’s panel consisted of: Conchitina Cruz and Gabriela Lee from the University of the Philippines Diliman; Faye Cura from the Filipinas Heritage Library; Mark Cayanan, Vincenz Serrano, and Allan Popa from the Ateneo de Manila University; and Ateneo visiting professor Luis Francia from New York University.

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Not in the photo: panelist Conchitina Cruz, who had to leave prior to the graduation ceremony

Aside from panel discussions, there were also one-on-one sessions between fellows and their assigned panelists in which they extensively discussed revision points and other notes on improving the fellows’ craft.

The 22nd AHWW concluded with a graduation ceremony for the fellows. “I hope this workshop leaves you exhausted, [yet still] excited to elevate your craft,” said Bartolome, closing the three-day event.


Report by Janelle Paris

Photos by Marianne Antonio