10 Nov 2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
The Writers Centre, 14 Alcazar Street, St. Clair
Calypso as Craft: A Calypso Writing & Analysis Workshop
Bocas, by its very name (derivative of the Spanish word boca, meaning mouth) has always placed oral traditions centre stage. In T&T, calypso represents the epitome of indigenous cultural expression and remains one of the most pivotal means by which our stories have been told. In commemoration of Calypso History Month, we’re teaming up with T&T’s Unified Calypsonians Org. (TUCO) to recognise the importance of this staple cultural tradition. This one-day workshop aims to emphasise the value and art of the genre with a view to preserving and advancing it.
SESSION #1 – 9:30am-12:30pm
Introduction to Calypso Writing
Facilitators – Gregory ‘GB’ Ballantine & Morel ‘Luta’ Peters
Calypsonsians GB and Luta guide participants through the fundamentals, nuances and art of storytelling involved in writing calypso. Participants will explore the importance of research, storytelling and different approaches to the writing process. They will engage in practical story development and writing exercises.
SESSION #2 – 2pm-4pm
Calypso analysis: Uncovering layers of Meaning in Calypso
Facilitator – Meagan Sylvester (TUCO Education Research Officer)
Participants will benefit from analytical activities and discussions centred on a range of popular calypso texts, aimed at demonstrating how calypso content is built upon layers of meaning and connections to current affairs through generations.