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The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will be hosting a virtual workshop on short story writing and exploring genres, on Thursday, January 20.

The workshop, organised by the Arts Development and Training Department of the Commission, is part of a series of virtual creative-writing workshops scheduled to take place before the JCDC 2022 Competitions.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, recently announced the opening of entries online for the competitions.

Persons can participate in the workshops via the Zoom platform or by joining the sessions on the JCDC’s social media platforms. The workshops are free to the public and begin at 3:00 p.m. and end at 6:00 p.m.

For more information, persons can contact the JCDC’s website, or the parish offices or email

Speech and Literary Arts Specialist at the JCDC, Damion Radcliffe, told JIS News that the workshops have been organised by the JCDC following several requests from writers.

He said that the sessions are intended to prepare writers and improve the standards of the creative writing competitions.

“Jamaica 60 is happening and so we are hoping to get some gems in all of this to celebrate our jubilee,” he said.

Mr. Radcliffe said that persons who missed the workshops or who may want to rewatch them can do so on the JCDC’s Facebook and YouTube pages – Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and JCDC Jamaica, respectively.

He said that previous workshops were held on January 11, 12, 13 and 15, focusing on novel writing, poetry and short story writing.

“All our workshops have been publicised and they are up there for people to go back from time to time to just look at those gems,” he added.

Mr. Radcliffe said that the workshops are being led by facilitators who are the best in their respective fields.

“We pride ourselves with offering the best trainers in all our workshops, not just creative writing, but whether it be dance or culinary,” he noted.

Some of the presenters at the workshops include Dr. Lisa Tomlinson, Dr. Janette Williams, Dr. Aisha Spencer, Dr. Carol Hunter-Clarke and Eugene Williams.

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