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JCDC hosts creative writing workshops

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Tanya Shirley
Dr Velma Pollard
Dr Erna Brodber
Sean Harrison (left), the Best Overall Writer in the 2015 Jamaica Creative Writing Competition, collects one of his many awards from The Honourable Lisa Hanna, minister of youth and culture.
Keith Noel

A five-day creative writing workshop, hosted by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, will be headed by top Jamaican writers. The workshop series, 'How to Write a Winning Work', is a precursor to the JCDC's annual Jamaica Creative Writing Competition and will run from Saturday, December 5 to Friday, December 11, covering the five areas of the competition, namely essay, novel, play, poetry, and short story.

The workshop series will be held at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, starting at 9 a.m. each day.

The playwriting workshop will be held on Saturday, December 5, and instructed by Jamaican theatre practitioner Keith Noel. On Tuesday, December 8, the novel-writing workshop will be facilitated by accomplished Jamaican author, Dr Erna Brodber, while the essay-writing workshop, which will be held on Wednesday, December 9, will be taught by educator Violet Edwards.

The short story-writing workshop, to be held on Thursday, December 10, will see accomplished author Dr Velma Pollard at the helm, while Jamaican poet Tanya Shirley will be leading the poetry-writing workshop on Friday, December 11.

Registration will take place at the workshops, beginning at 8:30 a.m., and will be at a cost of $2,000 per participant per workshop, inclusive of lunch and hot and cold beverages. Interested persons may also contact the JCDC parish offices or the head office to register beforehand.

The Jamaica Creative Writing Competition has been one of the best channels providing Jamaican writers with the opportunity of recognising and validating their talent while showcasing and promoting writers and their original work.

The competition is divided into three levels - junior, intermediate and adult - and awards will be given to the top writers in each level of the five areas. Entrants are encouraged to write about the Jamaican experience.

Entries for the competition are now open and will remain so until April 29, 2016. Entry forms, rules, and competition guidelines are available from the JCDC's website,, its head office at 3 - 5 Phoenix Avenue in Kingston, and JCDC parish offices across the island.