Bocas Lit Fest

We offer creative workshops throughout the year – both online and in-person at The Writers Centre (when safe to do so) – with a range of free and paid opportunities for writers at all levels.

Upcoming Workshops

May 

Writing for Children, with Joanne Hillhouse
For intermediate and advanced writers, this workshop encourages you to unlock your creativity to develop engaging work for children. This workshop will examine everything from concept, to character development and illustration to create captivating, page turning work for children ages 7-12.

June 

How to Make Your Book Look Good, with Melanie Archer
A seminar focussed on understanding the aesthetics of publishing — book covers, layout and design. Learn about what goes into good book design.

July

Images are poems: an introduction to visual poetry, with  Andre Bagoo
How a poem looks on a page influences how we read it. And in the cutting-edge genre of visual poetry — or “vispo” — language is mined for its visual qualities, as text becomes image and image is read as text. Drawing on examples from Caribbean and international writers, this workshop is designed to plunge you into this exciting genre and jumpstart your poetic creativity

Sentence by sentence: the language of fiction, with Barbara Lalla
A workshop combining close reading of classic texts with analysis of grammar and vocabulary, the most basic building blocks of prose. How do you craft your sentences and paragraphs to convey atmosphere and character? How can you improve your prose by studying the writing of our most celebrated authors.

August 

Speculative Fiction Masterclass, with Karen Lord
A masterclass in speculative fiction, with four sessions over six weeks. Participants will work on a piece to be published in an ebook and featured in a spec fic-focused Bocas event in 2021.

September

Scriptwriting, with David Edgecombe
Scripted dialogue can be a challenge when putting your ideas to paper.  Explore techniques to help you get your vision from pen, to paper and performance.  A free workshop for those focused on writing for theatre.

October

Writing and Performance
A co-facilitated workshop featuring multi-disciplinary artists to explore marrying your creative writing to performance. Take your work from page to performance, conquer your stage fright and develop techniques that encourage authentic representation of your work. Workshop your pieces for instant feedback!

November

The History Around Me: Writing Popular History, with Bridget Brereton
The transition of history throughout time is evident in the way we choose to tell it. Learn the fundamentals of producing well written and researched pieces on some of the most mainstream topics and current affairs. Establish a wide appeal and get creative with engaging your audience.

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: workshops@bocaslitfest.com
  • 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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