Workshops & Events

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in the Writers Centre, 14 Alcazar Street, St. Clair, Port of Spain.

You may have come to know us best through our signature annual event, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest – now, experience us outside of festival time, too! The Writers Centre is committed to providing a warm, intimate  space for workshops and events, with emphasis on respectful dialogue and productive, collaborative learning. 

Day 1
29 Mar 2020

First Citizens National Poetry Slam Semi Final #2

Postponed. Dates to be confirmed.
Day 2
04 Apr 2020

Family Reading Circle

The Family Reading Circle is a read-aloud experience that brings books alive for children 7 and under through vibrant, dramatised readings. This April session is cancelled, and we'll resume later in the year!
Day 3
14 Apr 2020

Writers Lab: Non-fiction

The Writers Lab is a safe space, virtual or in-person, in which emerging writers workshop their writing one-on-one with an established author. Our next writers lab will focus on non-fiction.
Day 4
29 Apr 2020

Beyond the First Draft: Literary Craft Studio #2

The second session in a series of literary craft studios with prize-winning writer, lecturer and editor for The Literary Consultancy in London - Monique Roffey. This covers topics including: ‘Scenification’: underwriting/over writing scenes, Types of scenes and why all your scenes shouldn’t be the same, Avoiding the episodic, classic and non classic structure, Themes and ideas/the 'secret centre' of your story, Invisible stitching/systems of metaphor
Monique Roffey

BYOBB: Bring Your Own Book & Bottle (April)

BYOBB – Bring Your Own Book & Bottle A regular TWC calendar feature, this event aims to connect readers of all genres in a relaxed environment. It's about building community around books and book conversation, and creating a kind of in-person extension of our virtual Book Network. The format is simple: You bring a book you’re currently reading/have read and share excerpts from it, reading aloud. We then open the floor to your fellow book-lovers. Note: Each person gets up to 15 mins - reading + discussion. And, importantly, you bring a bottle of your preferred drink. ;) So, it’s essentially what the name suggests: you show up with your book & bottle, and come
Day 5
09 May 2020

Beyond the First Draft: Literary Craft Studio #3

The third and final session in a series of literary craft studios with prize-winning writer, lecturer and editor for The Literary Consultancy in London - Monique Roffey. Topics to be covered include: Characterization/how well do you know your characters? Creating a dossier; The filter of your 'true voice'/being yourself/avoiding a 'high lit’ tone; Making decisions and sticking to them; Making decisions and having the courage to throw them out; Ending your story; What should a second draft look like?
Monique Roffey