Creative writing workshops


Keith Jardi

A new series of creative writing workshops from Keith Jardim will begin on Thursday. The two-month series is in advanced prose fiction.

Organized in association with the Friends of Mr Biswas, the workshops will take place until December 6th.

Jardim is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, where he earned a merit scholarship for his MFA. He holds a PhD from the Creative Writing and English programs at the University of Houston and has taught at universities in the United States, Bermuda, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Jardim’s stories have won a James Michener Fellowship, the Paul Bowles Fiction Prize, a C Glenn Cambor Fellowship, and have been shortlisted for an American Short Fiction Contest and a Glimmer Train Open Fiction Contest. His stories have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Wasafiri, Mississippi Review, Atlanta Review, Short Story, The Haunted Tropics: Caribbean Ghost Stories, Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, and elsewhere.

Her first book, Near Open Water, a collection of stories, was a semi-finalist for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Later that year it was included on World Literature Today’s Nota Bene list.

Participants in Jardim’s workshops should have a serious knowledge of writing and studying fiction and be aware of other literary genres and subgenres, a press release said. As an advanced approach to the art of writing fiction (short story, primarily), the course will focus on writing and editing short stories at a publishable level. Classroom workshops will pay close attention to character, point of view, plot, setting, description, tone, narrative orchestration, meaning, style and language – in depth and rigorous.

Jardim says, “The goal of the Advanced Fiction Workshop is to continue to learn as much as possible about the art of storytelling and to produce work that is worth publishing.

Classes will meet at Naipaul House, 26 Nepaul Street in St James.

For more information: [email protected]