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
26 Feb 2020

BYOBB: Bring Your Own Book & Bottle (February)

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.
Day 2
07 Mar 2020

Family Reading Circle (March)

The Family Reading Circle is a read-aloud experience that brings books alive for children 7 and under through vibrant, dramatised readings.
Day 3
14 Mar 2020

Workshop: Songwriting – How Lyrics and Narrative Meet the Music Part 1

Singer, songwriter and musician, Ruth Osman takes participants on a 2-part guided journey through songwriting. Work on your own personal project and get feedback by the end of the sessions.
Ruth Osman
Day 4
21 Mar 2020

Workshop: Songwriting – How Lyrics and Narrative Meet the Music Part 2

Singer, songwriter and musician, Ruth Osman takes participants on a 2-part guided journey through songwriting. Work on your own personal project and get feedback by the end of the sessions.
Ruth Osman
Day 5
28 Mar 2020

Writers Lab: Non-fiction

Open exclusively to past and current workshop attendees of The Writers Centre looking for feedback on current non-fiction writing projects. Pay what you can! Suggested contribution of $100.00.

Seminar: How to Read Your writing for an audience

We commit to developing our written skills but often are underprepared for reading opportunities at open-mics, interviews, festivals and public events. This interactive seminar covers the basics, including posture, breathing, pacing and rhythm, delivery of direct speech, tone, vocal dynamics and editing your own work for various settings.
Elisha Efua Bartels
Day 6
29 Mar 2020

First Citizens National Poetry Slam Semi Final #2

The First Citizens National Poetry Slam is T&T’s national spoken word competition, sponsored by First Citizens in collaboration with the Bocas Lit Fest and The 2 Cents Movement. In the second Semi-Final, the FCNPS presents BANWARI.
Day 7
04 Apr 2020

Family Reading Circle (April)

The Family Reading Circle is a read-aloud experience that brings books alive for children 7 and under through vibrant, dramatised readings.
Day 8
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 9
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