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
12 Jan 2020

Poetry As Ferocity: Writing Your Truth With Radical Honesty Workshop

Two-part workshop across Sunday 12th and 19th January 2020. This masterclass will contain strong language, and is suitable for adults only. Participants must be 18 years or older, and should be willing to share identification if requested. Participants must attend both sessions, and are required to be punctual.
Shivanee Ramlochan
Day 2
18 Jan 2020

Beyond the First Draft: Literary Craft Studio Package

This is a special offer of a 3-part Literary Craft Studio Series (January, April, May 2020). You can choose to register for all sessions or select single sessions from the series.
Monique Roffey

Beyond the First Draft: Literary Craft Studio #1

The first session in a series of literary craft studios with prize-winning writer, lecturer and editor for The Literary Consultancy in London - Monique Roffey. We will cover topics including: Could your short story be a novel? Is your novel too short, or even way too long? Backstory/where to start your story. Realistic word counts for fictional forms/knowing the rules so you can break them. Opening pages/showing in or telling in.
Monique Roffey
Day 3
22 Jan 2020

An Open House: Readings, Performances and More!

We invite you to join us at our home, The Writers Centre, on January 22 to kick off a milestone year of words, stories and ideas for us. That’s right:...
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Andre Bagoo
Caroline MacKenzie
Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw
Jeanelle Frontin
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
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