The Iyas Creative Writing Workshop is held every summer in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. It was first conducted in 2001 as a module in that year's Negros Summer Workshops in Multimedia. Since then, it has grown into an independent workshop managed by the University of St. La Salle (USLS) in cooperation with the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Each year, the workshop awards fifteen fellowships to writers from all over the country in the genres of fiction, poetry, and drama, and the languages English, Filipino, Cebuano, and Hiligaynon.
Apart from the critiquing sessions, the workshop activities include a lecture from one of the panelists, a cultural tour of historic sites and landmarks in Negros Occidental, and individual consultation time between fellows and panelists. The workshop is conducted in Balay Kalinungan Retreat House, within the USLS campus.
Poet and novelist Cirilo F. Bautista serves as Workshop Director. The 2004 teaching staff included the writers Marjorie Evasco, Elsa Martinez Coscolluela, Leoncio P. Deriada, Erlinda Alburo, and Vicente Garcia Groyon.
Applications for fellowships are accepted beginning January each year, and the roster of fellows is announced in March.
Applicants must prepare three copies of two (2) short stories, six (6) poems, or two (2) short plays for consideration, signed with a pseudonym, along with a sealed business envelope containing the author’s real name and pseudonym, a 2x2" ID photo, and a short resumé. Works must be in manuscript format (12 pt Times New Roman, letter-size paper), accompanied by a soft copy (MS Word format) on a diskette.