Barbadian qualified to attend Residential Workshop for Caribbean Creative Writers: Departments of Creative & Festival Arts and Liberal Arts, University of the West Indies – St. Augustine

Are you the next Walcott? Naipaul? Lamming? C.L.R. James? Olive Senior? Then you need to prepare for the 7th Caribbean Creative Writers’ Residential Workshop sponsored by THE CROPPER FOUNDATION, and organised in partnership with the Department of Creative and Festival Arts, and the Department of Liberal Arts, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, the 6th session ran from July 5th to July 23rd 2010 in Trinidad and Tobago. Fifteen writers who have not published a novel or collection of short stories, poems or plays were chosen from across the Caribbean to join this year’s residential workshops.

L to R - Philip Nanton sharing his writing experiences with Shakirah Bourne, Christine Barrow and Desiree Seebaran

L to R - Philip Nanton sharing his writing experiences with Shakirah Bourne, Christine Barrow and Desiree Seebaran

The 2010 Workshop focussed on fiction, playwriting and poetry and will be facilitated by Professor Funso Aiyejina and Dr. Merle Hodge at a secluded writing-inducing setting location somewhere in Trinidad. Support for Caribbean Writing is an ongoing programme of The Cropper Foundation that seeks to contribute to the development of the Caribbean on many levels and in different areas of interest. The writers’ workshop is part of the Foundation’s effort to encourage new Caribbean literary voices by providing practical advice on the craft of writing. The workshops this year will culminate with the Launch of the first Anthology of Cropper Foundation participants’ writings – ‘Moving Right Along…’ as well as a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of THE CROPPER FOUNDATION.

Christine Barrow relays sample of her writings at Arthur's Bar in Rampanalgas

Christine Barrow relays sample of her writings at Arthur's Bar in Rampanalgas

Over 80 writers from Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean Diaspora (Canada, USA, France, and UK) competed to participate in the workshops.

From the participants of this workshop series, Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming (Bahamas) and Lenworth Burke (Jamaica) went on to win the Commonwealth Short Story Competition and the Jamaica Observer’s Annual Fiction Award respectively; Ruel Johnson (Guyana) has won the Guyana Literature Prize 2003, Krishna Ramsumair (T&T) has published a number of short stories in local and international journals; Robert Clarke (T&T) received a Trinidad Guardian Writer of the Month award, as well as an EMA 2003 Green Leaf Award for journalism; and Tiphanie Yanique is now an Editor with “Calabash” and “Story Quarterly.”

Shakirah Bourne sharing an excerpt at Arthur's Bar in Rampanalgas, Trinidad

Shakirah Bourne sharing an excerpt at Arthur's Bar in Rampanalgas, Trinidad

For this year’s Workshop, a maximum of fifteen participants will be selected from entries only from the Caribbean. The moderators will be novelist Dr. Merle Hodge (Crick, Crack Monkey and For the Life of Laetitia) and poet and short story writer Professor Funso Aiyejina, winner of the 2000 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa) for The Legend of the Rockhills and Other Stories. They are both lecturers at UWI, St Augustine, in the Faculty of Humanities and Education. Participants will engage with published authors and professionals from the publishing industry, as well as speakers from a variety of other disciplines including history, culture and political science.

Applicants, twenty years and above, who are Caribbean nationals residing in the Caribbean, are invited to submit application forms and samples of their writing (five pages only) to the following address: Writers Workshop, Department of Creative & Festival Arts, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. Works of prose fiction, playwriting or poetry, either published or unpublished, will be considered for this workshop.

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