The Louise Bennett-Coverley-Heritage Council (LBHC) in association with the South Regional/Broward College Library and the Friends of the South Regional Broward College Library will host a one-day writer’s clinic – “Write it Now”- on Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm. The clinic will be held at the South Regional BC Library, 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024.
To celebrate Louise Bennett-Coverley’s iconic contribution to Caribbean literature, the clinic will feature three workshops, Fiction, Poetry, and Performance Poetry, will be held simultaneously. One session Independent Publishing will be held in the afternoon. The sessions will cover: character and plot development, stage craft and delivery, playing with rhyme and rhythm, and other topics. The Writer’s Clinic will be conducted by four outstanding Caribbean writers who live in Florida and were influenced by the works of the late Louise Bennett Coverley, former Jamaican ambassador of culture and heritage.
Christine Craig will host the Poetry clinic. A native of Jamaica, she is a graduate of the University of the West Indies. Her short stories and poems have been published in British, American and Caribbean journals. Described as “one of the Caribbean’s most original and innovative poets”, her poetry collection All Things Bright…and Quadrille for Tigers was published by Peepal Tree Press, UK. Her short story collection Mint Tea and other Stories, and children’s fiction Bird Gang, were published by Heinemann Caribbean.
Geoffrey Philp, retired Miami-Dade College professor and award-winning author from Jamaica, will host the Fiction clinic. He has written two novels, two collections of short stories, and three children’s books, His work is represented in nearly every anthology of Caribbean literature including the Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories and the Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse.
Malachi Smith Jamaican dub poet and author is the presenter of the Performance Poetry clinic. He is a fellow of the University of Miami’s Mitchner Caribbean Writer’s Institute, an alumnus of Florida International University, Miami-Dade College and Jamaica School of Drama. Malachi is a founding member of Poets in Unity. He has recorded seven CD collections of his poetry and has read and performed his poetry internationally.
Judith Falloon-Reid will host the Independent Publishing session. A Jamaican author, screenwriter, poet and award-winning film maker, she also has several published works to her credit and is the writer and director of two award-wining Jamaican films, The Gift Everlasting andJust Another Friday. Her poetry collection, Screeeem and Riot, was published in 2018.
The Writer’s Clinic is free to the public. Applicants are required to submit a sample of their writing. For applications email Malachi at [email protected] or log on to http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com/. Lunch and handouts will be provided compliments of South Regional BC Library and the LBHC.