Bocas Lit Fest

About the project

The Write Away! offers engaging digital content to support online English classes, available to all secondary schools via the Ministry of Education’s School Learning Management System. Produced by the Bocas Lit Fest and sponsored by The Scotiabank Foundation, the project is designed to keep students and teachers motivated and engaged in reading, writing and online learning.

This year, the Write Away! focuses on reading and writing poetry – why do humans write poetry? What is poetic language? Who are some of the greatest Caribbean poets? And, how can you become a great Caribbean poet? The project includes a 9-part video workshop series available on demand for all Caribbean secondary school teachers and students, as well as free interactive online workshops throughout the school year for budding young poets.  Young poets participating in the project this year are invited to submit their poetry to us via the form below!

In the 2020 – 2021 academic year, Write Away! looked in-depth at reading and writing fiction. The project included a virtual creative writing workshop series, as well as a teacher’s guide and a digital booklet of excerpts from award-winning Caribbean YA books, giving students access to exciting, culturally-relevant books of all genres. Led by the award-winning author Lisa Allen-Agostini, the fiction workshops broke down the essentials of creative writing, and covered everything from character building to planning your plot and scene setting. The Write Away! Fiction material is still available via the Ministry of Education’s SLMS.  

Enjoy poems and stories by talented young writers in the Write Away! project below:

About Me

By Mye-Cah Rodrique
Age 13

Ballad: In the city of Cuzco

By Ismaeel Mohammed
Age 12

Child Abuse Is Not Ok

By Dana Rajkumar
Age 18

Children Will Listen

By Benjamin Dosumu
Age 18

Guilty Pleasure

By Caleb Morton
Age 12

Guilty Pleasure

By Zane King
Age 12

Guilty Pleasure

By Cristiano Williamson
Age 13

Haiku: “Let the Raindrops fall”; Limerick: “There was a Man”; “My Guilty Pleasure”

By Ismaeel Mohammed
Age 12

Haiku: “The Dry Reservoir”; Limerick: ” The Macco from Moruga”

By Caleb Morton
Age 12

How can I?

By Nabihah Mohamed
Age 15

I Am Who I Am: An Average Girl

By Julissa Cozier

Love is Hidden

By Selena Seuratan
Age 14

My Shoe

By Benjamin Dosumu
Age 18

Over and Over

By Joella Khan
Age 13

Rainy Season

By Jahmai Jagdeosingh
Age 12

Soft Escape

By Azariah Payne
Age 16

Stand With Me

By Michalia Cunningham
Age 17

The Ballad of the Inca

By Caleb Morton
Age 12

The Burden Of A Halo

By Selen Mohammed
Age 17

The Last Day With Her

By Madison Sookram

The Night

By Kayleigh Lawrence

The Secrets of the Night

By Soriah Noel
Age 15

This Isle of Solitude

By Benjamin Dosumu
Age 18

Treading Water

By Ammaarah Hosein
Age 18

🦋Butterfly in the sky 🦋

By Zayda Karim
Age 13
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