NGC Bocas Lit Fest Workshops

All workshops take place at the National Library in downtown Port of Spain, unless otherwise stated.

A series of lively, informative, practical sessions for budding writers led by distinguished writers and other publishing professionals. All workshops take place in the 2nd Floor Seminar Room of the National Library, except on Wednesday 29 April when there are workshops in both the 1st Floor Seminar Room and the AV Room of the National Library, and at the UWI, St. Augustine Campus.

All-day workshops cost $100. Other workshops cost $60.

Note: pre-registration required for all workshops. To register, navigate to the workshop you wish to attend below, and complete the online registration form or call (868) 625-8328.

Day 1
28 Apr 2015

CODE’s Young Adult Fiction masterclass

Facilitator: Lynn Joseph. The Heart/Mind Dilemma: Using Your YA Character’s Inner Conflict to Create a Powerful Story. The foundation and driving force for all characters in YA literature is the desire...
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Lynn Joseph
Day 2
29 Apr 2015

Introduction to literary translation

With Daniel Hahn. What exactly is the job of a literary translator, and your relationship to the text and its author? A daylong workshop for budding translators. Fluency in a...
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Daniel Hahn

Preparing for publication

Jeremy Poynting, publisher and editor, Peepal Tree Press. So you think you have a book worth publishing — what comes next? How do you prepare your manuscript and approach a...
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Jeremy Poynting

Speculative fiction masterclass

Plus a “meet the authors” session With Karen Lord (main facilitator), Nalo Hopkinson, Tobias Buckell, R.S.A. Garcia Workshop your speculative fiction in progress, and meet the leading Caribbean writers of...
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Karen Lord
Nalo Hopkinson
R.S.A. Garcia
Tobias S. Buckell
Day 3
30 Apr 2015

Life stories: sharing strategies

With Jocelyne Guilbault. The co-author of Roy Cape’s collaborative memoir leads a workshop on life-writing, exploring both classic and innovative methods for capturing true-life stories 10.30 am–12.30 pm • 2nd...
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Jocelyne Guilbault

Reading in public

With Earl Lovelace. Today’s writers are expected to be masterful performers of their own work, but it doesn’t always come naturally. Celebrated novelist Earl Lovelace leads a highly interactive session...
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Earl Lovelace
Day 4
01 May 2015

Poetry: where it begins

With Kei Miller. The award-winning writer investigates the sources of poetry — and how to tap into them. For beginning poets 10 am–12.30 pm • 2nd Floor Seminar Room UPDATE:...
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Kei Miller

Fiction: the art of vision and revision

With Monique Roffey. Just get the first draft down on paper, writers are always told. But what comes next? An exploration of the art of the first and second drafts...
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Monique Roffey
Day 5
02 May 2015

How to start a magazine in six weeks

With Bhaskar Sunkara. Straight out of college, this Trinidadian-American editor founded a successful magazine of politics and current affairs. Could you do the same? What’s involved in building a magazine...
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Bhaskar Sunkara

Writing (for) the Commonwealth

With Fred D’Aguiar. The celebrated writer — and Caribbean judge for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize — explores how to write fiction deeply rooted in a particular location but...
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Fred D’Aguiar