by Jhoanna Lynn Cruz
The Davao Writers Workshop 2010 was held last May 3 to 7 at the Lispher Inn.
Preparations began in late 2009 and proceeded through early 2010. We issued the call for applicants on February 15, 2010.
As in the past year, we were able to utilize the Dagmay web site to post the announcement, as well as the application form with online submission. The members of the Davao Writers Guild were also asked to forward the announcement by email to their own networks.
Most of the successful fellows found out about the workshop in their universities and online.
Our second Poetry Night, held at Wings and Wedges in Matina Town Square, was a smashing success. Students from UP Mindanao came out in full force and comprised most of the readers and audience (though we did get good representation from Ateneo de Davao, University of Southeastern Philippines, Davao Writers Guild, and other young professionals, as well.) All in all, our crowd had grown by around 50% more than the first Poetry Night.
Following the success of our Poetry Nights comes LitOrgy, an evening of music, poetry, and visual art. LitOrgy incorporates these disparate forms into a fusion of collaborative performances from the young artists of Davao City.
LitOrgy happens on Saturday, March 28, from 8:00PM to 10:00PM at the Durian Bar, Madrazo Compound. There will be an entrance fee of P50.
by Dominique Gerald Cimafranca, originally published in Village Idiot Savant: Davao Writers Guild
Since I moved back to Davao three years ago, I’ve been actively involved in the Davao Writers Guild. I don’t normally go for socio-civic organizations — something to do with the loud personalities that predominate in discussions — but the Guild is right up my alley. It’s small, no more than twenty or so members; it doesn’t demand too much by way of time or money; and it’s all about a field that appreciate and enjoy.
I’m quite grateful that I bumped into the Guild. Writing may be solitary work, but the life of a writer doesn’t need to be. The Guild has given me a small community to bounce ideas off, to celebrate achievements with, and to learn more of the craft from.
Covering nearly thirty years of literary and artistic activity in the city, DAVAO HARVEST 2 features more writers and artists than its predecessor. Literary works in Bisaya, Filipino, and English come from a stellar cast of award-winning writers. Paintings from artists are reproduced in color. At 353 pages, DAVAO HARVEST 2 is a comprehensive view of the best of literature and art in Davao City.