The national writers' workshop in Dumaguete: A literary history

Date of Publication


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Language and Literature Major in English

Subject Categories

English Language and Literature


College of Liberal Arts


Literature, Department of

Thesis Adviser

Bienvenido Lumbera

Defense Panel Chair

Estrellita V. Gruenberg

Defense Panel Member

Oscar Campomanes
Teresita E. Erestain


This thesis is a literary-historical document of the National Writers' Workshop in Dumaguete. It deals with the workshop's history, rationale and impact.Creative writing as a program of study under Silliman University's English department aims to provide students with a general knowledge of writing, especially literary writing. Drs. Edilberto and Edith Tiempo were the faculty of the creative writing program, and the ones responsible for establishment of the workshop which was inspired by their experience at the lowa Writers' Workshop. The workshop has contributed to the creative atmosphere in Silliman. It has also served as a model for other workshops established in the country. Fellows of the workshop comprise a who's who of Philippine letters and are active in the craft of writing.The direct analyzing and scrutinizing of the manuscripts is the means by which literary principles are imparted in the workshop. The National Writers' Workshop in Dumaguete is associated with Philippine writing in English. The spread of New Criticism is also attributed to it. From 1961 to the present, the workshop has been honing the craft of writers in the Philippines.

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Shelf Location

Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

197 leaves ; 28 cm.


Creative writing; Forums (Discussion and debate); Authors; Workshops (Adult education)

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