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NGC Bocas Lit Fest Workshops  //  Pre-registration required for all workshops.

Note: pre-registration required for all workshops. To register, email or call +868 625 8328.


The 2014 festival programme includes a series of two-hour workshops for beginning writers, and two special daylong workshops with a focus on specific genres.

Beginners’ workshops
These two and a half hour sessions are designed for participants who are new to creative writing, or even those who are interested in writing seriously, but have never set pen to paper. They cover a series of basic topics to help get you started and build your motivation! All workshops take place at the National Library in downtown Port of Spain.

Thursday 24 April

What is a book review, and what does it do for you? with Boyd Tonkin
10 am–12.30 pm • 1st Floor Seminar Room
Cost: TT$60

How to turn experience into fiction, with Monique Roffey
1.30–4pm • 1st Floor Seminar Room
Cost: TT$60

Friday 25 April

What makes fiction fiction? with Robert Antoni
10 am–12.30 pm • 1st Floor Seminar Room
Cost: TT$60

What makes poetry poetry? with Mervyn Morris
1.30–4 pm • 1st Floor Seminar Room
Cost: TT$60

Saturday 26 April

How a writer reads, with Caryl Phillips
10 am–12.30 pm • 2nd Floor Seminar Room
Cost: TT$60
Sponsored by the ANSA Caribbean Awards

How do characters speak on the page? with Earl Lovelace
1.30–4 pm • 1st Floor Seminar Room
Cost: TT$60

Special workshops

Wednesday 23 April

CRIME WRITING: A daylong introduction to the popular genre, with Allan Guthrie and Denise Mina. Suitable for writers at different levels of experience. In partnership with Bloody Scotland and the British Council.
10am–12pm, 1 pm–3.30pm • 1st Floor Seminar Room
Cost: TT$100

Thursday 24 April

YOUNG ADULT FICTION: A daylong introduction to writing for young adults, with Keith Gray.
For committed YA fiction writers who have completed at least one manuscript for readers aged 12 to 18.
Limited space available, first option available to 2014 Burt Award applicants.
This is one in the series of annual free workshops for writers of fiction for children and young adults that will be held across the Caribbean as part of CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean Literature programme.
10am–12pm, 1pm–3.30pm • 2nd Floor Seminar Room
Cost: Free.


Pre-registration required for all workshops. To register, email: or call +868 625 8328.