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A new creative space for writing

The Writers Centre is the new home of the Bocas Lit Fest and the 2 Cents Movement. It is a unique space for writers offering literary programmes year around.

Situated at 14 Alcazar Street in St Clair, this space affirms Port of Spain’s growing reputation as the literary capital of the Anglophone Caribbean.

The Writers Centre is an arts-friendly, collaborative, entrepreneurial enterprise ready to serve members of a dynamic community of creative self-starters. It even includes a co-working space with two hot-desks to support professionals needing temporary workspace with full office facilities.

The historic bungalow with its breezy verandah, high ceilings and many of its original wooden finishings, hosts a cosy indoor event space – ideal for intimate readings, discussions, launches, workshops, meetings and other events.

“We have been dreaming about this for some time! In our drive to become more sustainable, to help advance this vibrant creative eco-system, we jumped at the opportunity to occupy and develop an actual physical space, programmed to achieve our collective mission as literary/arts development entities. We’re excited by the impending roll-out of a variety of workshops and events in the coming months and years”, says Marina Salandy-Brown, Bocas Lit Fest founder and director.

Starting in October, a trio of established and accomplished non-fiction writers – Debbie Jacob, Tracy Assing and Judy Raymond – will lead an intensive creative non-fiction workshop over three Saturdays at The Writers Centre. They will cover the essential stages of defining non-fiction, selecting your subject matter, conducting effective interviews, best practices in sourcing material, and more.

On October 13, Debbie Jacob’s introductory session centres on the uniqueness of non-fiction, with specific examples, a top ten ‘must read’ book list, and writing exercises. On October 20, Tracy Assing focuses on the complex and fascinating world of oral histories, complete with insights into the value and art of the interview to the creative process. In the final session on October 27, Judy Raymond addresses biography writing, detailing the differences in biographies of the dead and the living, with a focus on the importance of telling our stories.

The cost of the workshop series is $450, with limited student/retiree discounts available. Register online by October 10 at

Salandy-Brown added “We have exciting workshop collaborations coming up with TUCO for Calypso History Month and Green Screen – The Environmental Film Festival in October and November. So, stay tuned!”

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