Bocas Lit Fest

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, for you to access wherever you are, in an intimate group with feedback and support. 

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Download Workshops Guide, June – November 2021

View our guide for workshops throughout the second half of the year – with a range of free and paid opportunities for writers at all levels.

Available to Book Online

July 30, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am

2021 Schedule

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?
July 31, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am

2021 Schedule

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 …

Images are Poems: An Introduction to Visual Poetry, with Andre Bagoo Read More »

August 27, 2021
5:00 pm

2021 Schedule

Take Your Writing to the Next Level: A masterclass in speculative fiction, with four sessions over six weeks. Participants will work on short stories based on possible Caribbean futures. Material from this workshop may be featured in a “spec fic”-focused Bocas event in 2021. Participants must submit a 1000-2000 word sample of their work for …

Speculative Fiction Masterclass, with Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell Read More »

September 25, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am

2021 Schedule

Scripted dialogue can be a challenge when putting your ideas down on 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. All levels / FREE.
October 2, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am

2021 Schedule

This 2-part seminar encourages you to unlock your creativity to develop engaging work for children. It examines your current work in progress and focuses on everything from concept, to character development and illustrations. Create captivating, page-turning work for young readers aged 7-12. Intermediate + Advanced Levels
October 30, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 pm

2021 Schedule

For many budding writers, making the leap from a 10-page short story to a 200-page novel can be daunting. That’s a transition Sharma Taylor herself had to make, as she completed her debut novel and secured a two-book publishing deal. She shares her insights and experience in transferring the craft and technique of short-form fiction …

From Short Story to Novel, with Sharma Taylor Read More »

November 27, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am

2021 Schedule

Learn the fundamentals of producing well researched and written pieces on historical topics of many different kinds, including biographies (lives of others, living or dead) and autobiographies/memoirs (writing one’s own life). Establish a wide appeal and get creative with engaging your audience.  All levels.
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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:
  • 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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