The Mary Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village is a gift by Atty. Enrique Sobrepeña Jr. - 1973 Outstanding Sillimanian Awardee in the field of business to Silliman University. Atty. Sobrepeña's dedication to the arts has helped establish Silliman's role as a hub for literature and creative writing in Asia. The Writers Village is named in honor of his wife Mary Rose Lamb Sobrepeña.
Today, the site is the primary venue for the Silliman University National Writers Workshop, founded by Drs. Edilberto and Edith Tiempo in 1961. The Writers Village, a project initiated by University President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III, is part of a long tradition of gifts to the University from the Sobrepeñas, avid patrons who have also helped keep the workshop alive as keen supporters through the years.
The donation for the creation of the Writers Village, located in Camp Lookout, in Bongbong, Valencia, was facilitated by former University President Dr. Quintin S. Doromal. Groundbreaking rites were held on 15 November 2009, and dedication rites were held on 13 April 2010. The Village was first used for the 49th National Writers Workshop in May 2010.
The Writers Village is now home to writers of all persuasions. Its establishment helps promote the arts and culture at Silliman University and in the Dumaguete and Negros Oriental community.