The Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Professor Mervyn Morris, OM, will be conducting the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Creative Writing Poetry Workshop on Saturday, January 21. Originally scheduled for last November, the postponed Poetry Writing workshop will instead be held this Saturday at the
JCDC’s Head Office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10.
“Though, for reasons beyond our control, we had to postpone the Poetry Writing workshop last November, We are elated that the Poet Laureate of Jamaica has now come on board to conduct Saturday’s workshop; it is indeed an honour.” Said Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the JCDC Mr. Stephen Davidson.
In addition to the Poetry Writing Workshop, two other Creative Writing workshops which were to be held in December, Short Story and Play writing, were also postponed.
“The Short Story workshop will now take place on Saturday, January 28 and be presented by specialist Anna-Lisa Rodriquez, while the Play writing workshop will be held on Saturday, February 4, and will be led by Carmen Tipling.” Davidson said.
“The intensive and engaging Creative Writing workshop series entitled The Art of Editing is a precursor to the JCDC’s annual Jamaica Creative Writing Competition & Exhibition, which will close to entries in April of this year. The series covers all five categories of the competition, including Essay and Novel writing, whose workshops were held in December.” Davidson said.
Registration for all three workshops will take place on-spot, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at a cost of $2,000 per participant per workshop, inclusive of lunch and hot and cold beverages and Certificate.
The Jamaica Creative Writing Competition has been one of the best channels of providing Jamaican writers with the opportunity of recognizing and validating their talent, while showcasing and promoting writers and their original work.
Entries for the competition are now open, and will remain so until April 30, 2017. Persons can access entry forms, rules and competition guidelines from the JCDC website, www.jcdc.gov.jm, its Head Office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue in Kingston or Parish Offices across the island.