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. Look out for our May to November 2023 workshop schedule, launching soon! Discounts for Friends of Bocas Premium Subscribers will be applied automatically at checkout. Available to Book Online Apr 30 2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 1st Floor Seminar Room Festival Schedule Workshop Register Where the story starts, with Jan Carson Interested in writing short stories? Struggling to know where to start? Belfast-based writer Jan Carson will guide you through the basics of writing imaginative and engaging short fiction, focusing on key themes such as developing ideas, writing believable characters and convincing dialogue, plot, structure, pacing, and concision. Apr 29 2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 1st Floor Seminar Room Festival Schedule Workshop Register Getting to the finish, with Ayanna Lloyd Banwo Making the leap from short fiction to a book-length manuscript isn’t just about the number of words and pages — it requires a different understanding of the trajectories of plot, character, and theme, and a different kind of narrative pacing. Apr 29 2023 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 1st Floor Seminar Room Festival Schedule Workshop Register The Intimacy of Poetry, with Adam Lowe Love and desire in all their forms are age-old literary subjects and themes. How can you transform your own experiences of intimacy into compelling poems that celebrate the diversity of love through unforgettable images and seductive rhythms? Adam Lowe, author of Patterflash and the UK’s LGBT+ History Month Poet Laureate, guides you through the process. Apr 28 2023 9:00 am - 12:30 pm 1st Floor Seminar Room Festival Schedule Workshop Register Preservation for beginners, with Danielle Fraser The National Library’s conservator will conduct a workshop on the long-term preservation of paper-based collections. Topics will include identifying and combating agents of deterioration; care and handling techniques; protective enclosures and storage conditions; and simple preservation techniques. Apr 28 2023 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm 2nd Floor Seminar Room Festival Schedule Workshop Register Wearing your story: the basics of fashion psychology, with Shakaila Forbes-Bell The bestselling author of Big Dress Energy leads a lively session on fashion psychology, and why it matters! Learn how clothes help you navigate different social identities, how to use style to define yourself, how your style affects your mood and actions, and more! Apr 28 2023 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm 1st Floor Seminar Room Festival Schedule Workshop Register What makes a great memoir? Veteran editor Ian Randle explains the key elements of any good memoir, and what publishers look for in an autobiography. No event found! FAQs 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: firstname.lastname@example.orgCredit 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.