Golden Opportunity for Budding Grenadian Writers

Golden Opportunity for Budding Grenadian Writers

Given the opportunity to develop her own material while at St. George’s University, Writer-in-Residence Lisa Allen-Agostini hopes to do the same for local writers by hosting a series of workshops throughout March and April on the St. George’s University True Blue Campus and other locations throughout Grenada. The workshops are being offered to aspiring writers at no cost with the first event getting underway on March 1 with a repeat on March 8. Both begin at 10 am and are open to adult writers of various levels of expertise.

Additionally, Ms. Allen-Agostini will be conducting a Creative Writing Intensive four-week-long workshop for adult writers that will run every Thursday in March from 5:30-7:30 pm for intermediate to advanced writers of prose fiction.

“I hope the workshops will stimulate more and even better writing in Grenada,” said Ms. Allen Agostini. “The Writer-in-Residence program on the whole is designed to increase the output of writing and the quality of writing being produced by Caribbean writers. Everyone who attends a writing workshop takes something different from it. Some people benefit from learning new ideas, while others benefit from just being in a room full of people talking about writing and actually writing—there’s an electric charge in the air at a workshop and writers feel it. Some people will also benefit from the networking and community-building opportunities workshops afford.”

The Dame Hilda Bynoe Writer-in-Residence program, which is running for the first time from January to May 2014, offers a Caribbean writer the opportunity to complete a work in progress, while enriching the local arts scene and benefiting promising local writers through mentorship.

Ms. Allen-Agostini, originally from Trinidad, captured this coveted position when her application was selected by a regional panel of scholars, writers, and editors. Her works include: The Chalice Project, a novel written for young adults, published in 2009; a weekly column for the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian and the Trinidad Noir fiction anthology, of which she is co-editor. Also, she had the distinguished honor of being shortlisted for the 2013 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize. During her semester at SGU, Ms. Allen-Agostini hopes to complete both a novel and a collection of poems.

For more information on the Creative Writing Intensive please contact  writerinresidence@sgu.edu.

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