The SUNWW is the oldest creative writing program in Asia.

VPAA Paulma one of the panelists in SU National Writers Workshop

Dr. Ma. Elena L. Paulma, the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP), is among the panelists for the 59th season of the prestigious Silliman University National Writers Workshop (SUNWW).

Dr. Paulma discussed about “Writing a Page” during the first lecture series. Her lecture examined the works of the fellows in the workshop and highlighted the basics and essentials of writing including the elements of craft such as story, setting and voice.

The workshop pushed through this year via online sessions.

The SUNWW in Dumaguete City is the oldest creative writing program in Asia and has honed writers in the country through fellowships in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, balak and sugilanon.

Dr. Paulma is featured as one of the guest panelist for the prestigious workshop.

Aside from Dr. Paulma, this year’s panelists include the country’s finest writers like Januar Yap, Ester Tapia, Charlson Ong and Richel Dorotan. SUNWW’s regular panelist is Marjorie Evasco  and the resident panelist is Cesar Ruiz Aquino.

Dr. Paulma finished her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Creative Writing , Master of Arts (MA) in Comparative Literature and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)  in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman. She won First Prize  in the 2010 Palanca Awards for her short story entitled Three Kisses. She was a fellow in the 2016 Fullbright Senior Scholars program and did her research on women studies at the Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.

Her first book entitled Southern Stories and Strays was nominated  as a finalist in the 37th National Book Awards in 2018.


By PJ V. dela Peña, USTP System Strategic Communication Office

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