UST Creative Writing Center Conducts Outreach Lecture Series in Enverga University
The UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (UST CCWLS) conducted a highly successful whole-day creative and critical writing outreach lecture series on July 25, 2018, Wednesay at the Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation (MSEUF) in Lucena City, Quezon Province. Dubbed as “Synergy in Literature Teaching and Writing in the 21st Century,” the event featured the UST CCWLS’s Director, Assistant Director, and three of its Resident Fellows, who talked about various aspects of creative and critical writing.
In the morning session, Prof. Emeritus Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, UST CCWLS Director, opened the series of lectures with the topic “The Importance of Literature and Creative Writing in the 21st Century.” Assoc. Prof. Ralph Semino Galán, UST CCWLS Assistant Director, delivered a lecture on the very broad terrain of literary theory and criticism, from the moral approach in the study of literature to critical disability studies, as well as possible points of entry in Philippine culture and society by aspiring scholars of cultural studies.
In the afternoon session, Asst. Prof. Chuckberry J. Pascual, UST CCWLS Resident Fellow and incoming Coordinator of the newly established undergraduate Creative Writing program of the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters, offered incisive insights on the “hypebeast” phenomenon as a mode of resistance against cultural hegemony by urban underprivileged youth. Assoc. Prof. John Jack G. Wigley, UST CCWLS Resident Fellow and former UST Publishing House Director, gave pointers to young writers on how to be truly funny in Humor Writing using examples from his own work. And Joselito B. Zulueta, UST CCWLS Resident Fellow, Varsitarian Faculty Adviser, and Philippine Daily Inquirer Books and Arts Section Editor, gave indispensable pieces of advice on how to successfully run a “readable” campus paper, even paying attention to the layout and use of pointed fonts.
The UST CCWLS Outreach Lecture Series in SLSU was initiated and first organized in 2013 by UST CCWLS Resident Fellow and UST Department of Literature Chair Joselito D. Delos Reyes, a resident of Quezon Province. This year’s Outreach Lecture Series was incorporated into the annual Planning and Teambuilding Seminar of the UST CCWLS organized by Prof. Galán.