More Than A Literary Festival


Creative workshops with some of the best facilitators – visionaries in publishing, language and all aspects of writing – have been staples of our annual literary festival.  Now they are available throughout the year, via Zoom and in person, for you to access wherever you are, in an intimate group with feedback and support.

23 April 2024

Preservation for Beginners, With Danielle Fraser

Danielle Fraser

Library Conservator

10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Registration Full

The National Library’s conservator leads a hands-on session on the long-term preservation of paper-based artefacts, from prized books to photographs to family documents.

26 April 2024

Fantastic Friday: World-Building 101, With Premee Mohamed

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

 1st Floor Seminar Room, NALIS

Registration Full

Creating a convincing and coherent imaginary world is a key task for all fiction writers — and especially those writing speculative fiction and fantasy. Where do you start, and what are the key techniques of imagination and craft?

27 April 2024

Postcard Poems, With Kayo Chingonyi

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 1st Floor Seminar Room, NALIS

An exploration of the possibilities of mixing text and image to form epistolary poems drawn from the particular sensory resonances of a place, led by the award-winning UK poet and editor.


Start Short, With Zalika Reid-Benta

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 1st Floor Seminar Room, NALIS

Registration Full

For most budding fiction writers, the short story is where their journey begins. What are the fundamentals of good short fiction, and what lessons do shorter forms teach a writer about moving on to the novel?

28 April 2024

Inner Landscapes, With Marchelle Farrell

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 1st Floor Seminar Room, NALIS

What does it mean to be in intimate relationship with the landscape? The author of Uprooting (winner of the 2021 Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing) leads a relaxed writing session where you are encouraged to explore the relationship between our inner and outer worlds.

Reading for Mental Health, With Ella Berthoud

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 1st Floor Seminar Room, NALIS

How does reading enhance your wellbeing? In a world of digital overload, escaping into fiction provides an essential tool kit to enhance personal and professional life. This unique, interactive session will explain the full psychology of reading and end with personalised book prescriptions.


When do you have workshops?

The Bocas Lit Fest now offers writing workshops throughout the year, not only during the annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest. Our in-person workshops are held at The Writers Centre, 14 Alcazar Street, St. Clair, and our online workshops are facilitated via Zoom. To attend a workshop, you must book a ticket via our website and make advance payment. This page is updated whenever a new workshop opens for registration. 

Who can register for a workshop?

Anyone! We programme a range of workshops, from general “getting started” writing workshops to advanced masterclasses with one-on-one feedback. Each workshop blurb will include specific details so you can decide if it’s the right development opportunity for you. We listen to participant feedback received in our workshop evaluations to book future in-demand workshops. Please feel free to contact us to request a workshop!

How do I know my registration form was submitted successfully?

An auto-email response is generated for every completed registration and sent to the email address you provided on the registration form.  If you do not see an auto-response in your inbox, please check your spam/junk mail folders. If you have paid for the workshop on registration by credit card, then you will receive the workshop meeting link and login information immediately by email. If you have opted to pay by bank transfer, then we will wait on proof of payment before emailing the workshop information.

How can I pay for my workshop ticket(s)?

Each registration form lists payment options and deadlines. When completing registration, you are required to indicate your preferred method of payment. We have a few payment options:

  • Advance Bank Deposit or Online Transfer payable to Bocas Lit Fest via Republic Bank Ltd: Account Number 180484065001. You are required to email a copy of the deposit/transfer receipt to: [email protected]
  • Credit card payment via WiPay Caribbean online merchant services.
  • If you would like to pay with cash or cheque, then you can make an appointment to come into The Writers Centre, 14 Alcazar Street, St. Clair to make payment. 

Is my workshop fee payment refundable?

All workshop fee payments are non-refundable and due in advance of the workshop/event dates. Registration tickets are not valid without accompanying proof of payment.

What does a registration Waiting List mean?

This means that our workshop has reached capacity and your registration attempt has been assigned to a waiting list. Once the payment deadline for registrations has elapsed, remaining workshop spaces are offered to the waiting list and are confirmed via receipts of fee payment on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be notified via email of space availability and /or phone call.

What does my workshop reservation or ticket look like?

Each registration is assigned a unique ticket number and barcode which is auto-generated and sent to your email address. In cases where this is not applicable, you will receive a simple email confirmation.

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