Workshops

Learn from the best, and hone your literary skills. Unless otherwise noted, all workshops take place in the Seminar Room(s) of the National Library, Port of Spain and cost TT$100.00

Note: pre-registration is required as numbers are limited.
Click on each workshop title for registration options.

Day 1
02 May 2019

Writing for comics, with Nalo Hopkinson

With comics and graphic novels now firmly established as literary forms, many writers dream of exploring the genre — but how do you get started? Nalo Hopkinson, writer of DC...
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Nalo Hopkinson

Writing as a stranger, with Nick Makoha

The Forward Prize-shortlisted UK poet leads a hand-on session exploring the “metic experience,” exploring issues of identity, race, and migration through the eyes of foreigners and exiles. In partnership with...
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Nick Makoha
Day 2
03 May 2019

Performance and stagecraft for writers, with Janet Steel

Contemporary writers are expected to be masterful performers of their own work. But what if you lack the dramatic skills to pull it off? Actor and director Janet Steel leads...
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Janet Steel

Creating memorable characters, with Marcia Douglas

Please note that this workshop is full and registration is now closed.  Characters who seize the reader’s imagination: that’s every author’s goal. Celebrated fiction writer and poet Marcia Douglas shows...
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Marcia Douglas

A Post-Colonial Chocolate Tasting 101

Trinidad was once the 3rd highest producer of cacao in the world and has always been known as having some of the finest flavoured beans.  Even the now concreted streets...
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Miscellaneous Authors
Day 3
04 May 2019

Writing through trauma, with Krystal Sital

Sometimes the most painful topics are the ones we feel most driven to write about, but how do you turn personal or family trauma into a compelling narrative? Krystal Sital,...
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Krystal A. Sital

Port of Spain Chocolate Walking Tour

A specially conceived tour for NGC Bocas Lit Fest patrons, facilitated by The Alliance of Rural Communities of Trinidad and Tobago. Starting with the Library collection to comprehend the complex history...
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Miscellaneous Authors

Flash fiction, with Geoffrey Philp

Sometimes the best stories are the most concise. But writing short-short fiction requires a particular discipline and specific skills. Jamaican author Geoffrey Philp offers practical guidance. Bookmark
Geoffrey Philp
Day 4
05 May 2019

A Post-Colonial Chocolate Tasting 101

Trinidad was once the 3rd highest producer of cacao in the world and has always been known as having some of the finest flavoured beans.  Even the now concreted streets...
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Miscellaneous Authors

Chocolate for Connoisseurs

For those who have already experienced the chocolate walking tour offered by the Alliance of Rural Communities of Trinidad and Tobago, this is a deeper chocolate experience and goes into...
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Miscellaneous Authors