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Writing Workshop Opportunities with SGU’s Writer in Residence

March 2, 2014

Lisa Allen-Agostini Photo-by-Richard-Acosta

Photo by Richard Acosta

 St. George’s University (SGU) inaugurated the Dame Hilda Bynoe Writer in Residence Program in 2014 with Trinidad and Tobago writer Lisa Allen-AgostiniThe new program is designed to boost the output and quality of writing coming out of the English-speaking Caribbean, and a panel of adjudicators selected Lisa from the Caribbean writers who applied for the position. She is the author of The Chalice Project and co-editor of Trinidad Noir, and writes a weekly column with the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian.

Six of the fifteen weeks of her residency will be devoted to service. As such, Lisa will be facilitating a series of workshops for writers in Grenada as part of her community outreach. She will lead a Creativity Workshop workshop on March 8th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon, at Windward Hall, True Blue Campus, St. George’s University. These two-hour workshops are free of charge and open to the students, staff, and faculty of SGU as well as the wider Grenadian public. Anyone is encouraged to attend the workshops and unleash their inner writer.  There are no prerequisites to attend. Participants should come prepared to write.

Similar workshops will also be hosted for secondary school students throughout the island.

In conjunction with the Writers Association of Grenada, Lisa will lead a workshop on editing on March 4 at Marryshow House, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It is also free of charge.

A special workshop for poets is planned for March 29th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at Windward Hall, SGU. Joining the workshop by Skype will be Grenadian-Guyanese poet Malika Booker, who has been poet-in-residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK and has recently published her book of poems Pepper Seed.

All the above workshops are free and open to the public.

Lisa also will be leading a four-week Intensive Workshop every Thursday in March.  This workshop is geared towards intermediate to advanced writers of prose fiction, five applicants have been selected to participate.

Anyone interested in meeting with the Lisa will have the opportunity to do so during her consultation hours at Dr. Antonia Mac Donald’s office, ground floor, Balisier Building, SGU.  Her consultation schedule is as follows:- March 25th & 26th and April 1st & 2nd from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To culminate Lisa’s sessions here, she will give a public reading, which will take place at SGU on April 12th; it will be an evening of literature where other writers will also showcase their works.

To find out more information about any of these events contact writerinresidence@sgu.edu.

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Groundation Grenada is a youth led social action collective, founded in 2009, which focuses on the use of creative media to assess the community’s needs, raise consciousness and act to create positive radical growth.  We pursue our mission online, through Groundationgrenada.com, and this year began expanding to live events and special projects in collaboration with local, regional and international artists and activists. Groundation Grenada’s website supports both local and diasporic voices, acting as an interface to connect youth who are hungry for innovative change.

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