More Than A Literary Festival

Scotiabank Write Away! Launches Free Workshop Series

The free workshop series for the third annual Scotiabank Write Away! Young Adult Literature Project is open for student registration. Funded by the Scotiabank Foundation, this year’s project edition, run by the Bocas Lit Fest in collaboration with the College of Science, Technology, and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT), aims to equip young writers and communication enthusiasts with the skills needed to succeed in their future careers.

The Project was announced in July 2023. This year, Scotiabank Write Away! focuses on preparing youth for the world of work by honing critical reading and non-fiction skills. Students now have access to five engaging videos covering various aspects of non-fiction writing, including narrative, descriptive, persuasive, expository, and creative non-fiction. The series seeks to shed light on the practical applications of non-fiction writing, from its relevance in entrepreneurship to the distinctiveness of spoken word poetry.

Accompanying these videos, students will have access to a digital workbook to reinforce their understanding of the concepts covered. In addition to the comprehensive video series and accompanying workbook, the project includes ten workshops conducted by The Ken Gordon School of Communication, Creative, and Digital Media, COSTAATT. Each workshop provides hands-on training and fosters a deeper understanding of essential communication and writing techniques for the workplace.

The workshop schedule:

  • 1. News Report Writing (September 27, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Alcazar St, POS)
  • 2. PR & Marketing (September 29, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Alcazar St, POS)
  • 3. Business Writing (October 3, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Tobago)
  • 4. Broadcast News Writing (October 5, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Tobago)
  • 5. Copywriting (October 11, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., San Fernando)
  • 6. Social Media Communication (October 13, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., San Fernando)
  • 7. Scriptwriting (October 17, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., City Campus, POS)
  • 8. Business Writing (October 19, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., City Campus, POS)
  • 9. Feature Writing (October 23, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Chaguanas)
  • 10. Business Writing (October 25, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Chaguanas)

Limited spots are available for each workshop in person and via Zoom for participants to experience personalized guidance in a supportive learning environment. Teachers are encouraged to register their students for these workshops based on their locations. A total of ten students from these workshops will be selected for one-week internships at organisations in December.

Schoolteachers, principals or school administrators can learn more about the project and register their schools for upcoming workshops at


Alette Liz Williams
Marketing & Media Manager, Bocas Lit Fest
[email protected] 

Narrative Non-Fiction
Descriptive Writing
Persuasive Non-Fiction
Expository Non-Fiction
Creative Non-Fiction

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