Sunday, March 24, 2013

Authors David McKirdy and Tim Tomlinson to Join Silliman Workshop Panel

(Oh wow what an amazing line up! Wish I could join them again those days were amazing!)

Repost from the FB page of Silliman University National Writers Workshop
American author Tim Tomlinson and Hong Kong-based Scottish author David McKirdy are joining the panel of the 52nd Silliman University National Writers Workshop, which is slated to start on 6 May 2013 at the Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village in Camp Look-out, Valencia, Negros Oriental.

Tim Tomlinson

Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. His recent fiction and poetry appear in Asia Writes, Caribbean Vistas, Citron Review, The Dirty Napkin, Entasis, Extracts, Full of Crow, The New York Quarterly, The Tule Review, Unshod Quills, Write Place At the Write Time, and in the anthology Long Island Noir (Akashic Books). Two of his poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2013. Currently he resides in Shanghai, where he teaches with New York University’s Global Liberal Studies Program.

David McKirdy

David McKirdy was until 2008 a director of the HK International Literary Festival, having been involved since its inception in 2001. He is one of the organizers of local HK poetry group Outloud. He has taught at the Hong Kong University’s Moving Poetry initiative in 2002 and 2004. His current collection Accidental Occidental, published with a grant from the HK Art’s Development Council, was selected by The Harvard Club of Hong Kong for their book prize two years running. Mr. McKirdy has in recent years been the Poetry commissioning editor for Chameleon Press. He was one of the Asian poets selected by HK University’s Associate Professor Agnes Lam’s study on “Contemporary Asian Poetry in English.” In 2011, he was a featured poet at The Shanghai International Literary festival, The Singapore Writer’s Festival and has organized and participated in events as part of The Baptist University of HK’s International Writers Workshop.

The panel of writers/critics for this year includes Director-in-Residence Susan S. Lara; Dumaguete-based writers Bobby Flores Villasis and César Ruìz Aquino; and guest panelists Dean Francis Alfar, DM Reyes, John Jack Wigley, Jose Y. Dalisay Jr., Ricardo de Ungria, Marjorie Evasco, Alfred Yuson, Gémino H. Abad, and Grace Monte de Ramos.

The workshop, which traditionally lasts for three weeks, is the oldest creative writing workshop of its kind in Asia. It was founded in 1962 by S.E.A. Write Awardee Edilberto K. Tiempo and National Artist Edith L. Tiempo, and was recently given the Tanging Parangal in the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining by the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

This year, the workshop is co-sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Embassy of the United States of America in Manila, and the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia.

For more information about forthcoming events during the workshop, please email Workshop Coordinator Ian Rosales Casocot at or call the Department of English and Literature at (035) 422-6002 loc. 520. (Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center)
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