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Online Writing Workshops June – Aug 2020

We’ve launched our online writer development programme, with a range of free and paid opportunities for writers at all levels and based anywhere in the world!   

We start off with The Writers Lab, a series of one-on-one online sessions facilitated by leading writers. The first edition is for Caribbean Non-Fiction with award-winning writer Kevin Adonis Browne where writers receive feedback on current non-fiction writing projects in two individual, personalised sessions over June and July. Registration is now open to all Caribbean writers, and Dr. Browne is generously donating his stipend to the creation of two bursaries for writers who have attended previous workshops at The Writers Centre in Port of Spain. Click here to register for Writers Lab: Caribbean Non-Fiction. 

The 2013 winner of the OCM Bocas Prize Monique Roffey returns on Saturday 27 June with her popular interactive literary craft studio, a series that delves into detail on what a writer must think about and work on when revising and polishing fiction for an agent or publication. Click here to register for Beyond the First Draft: Setting the Scene. 

In July, writer, performer and teacher Elisha Bartels’ free webinar series How to Read your Work for an Audience carries the option to follow up with limited, paid, one-on-one Zoom consultations. This series aims to equip writers with the important skill of reading their own work in public, from good posture and rhythm to vocal dynamics and editing your own work for various settings. Registration will open later in June 2020.

Also opening for registration in June, and developed in partnership with the 2020 winner of the Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize Amanda Choo Quan, the Bocas Lit Fest will offer a special, free webinar series connecting writers with industry professionals in other places, namely the USA and the UK.

In August-September, The Writers Lab returns with a poetry edition, led by critically acclaimed TT poet Shivanee Ramlochan, giving full attention to poets sounding out and developing their work in progress.

Our online writers development project is supported by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture & the Arts.