Friday, May 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm. 1-Day Publishing Seminar.  A great pitch is one of the most powerful and underestimated tools any writer can have in his/her quest to be published successfully. From landing an agent and a book deal, to self-publishing well, to getting traction online, to attracting media, to convincing booksellers that they must carry your book, to letting readers know why they should buy your book, the perfect pitch is the goose that will lay your golden publishing egg. Find out how to craft and dynamite pitch. And be sure to bring your pitch with you, even if it’s far from perfect!
The third box set of chapbooks from the African Poetry Book Fund is simply titled New-Generation African Poets: Tatu (Akashic Books). As editor Kwame Dawes (Duppy Conqueror) admits, "Perhaps it was subconscious doubt that led us to name the first box set in a manner that did not suggest a series." Following the initial Seven New-Generation African Poets, and subsequent Eight New-Generation African Poets, Tatu(a Swahili word for three) confirms "our faith and confidence that this is truly a series," because there is quite certainly nothing to doubt about the quality of poems collected here.
The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sports, has partnered with the National Health Fund, Nestle Jamaica and the National Road Safety Council for the 2016 Jamaica Creative Writing Competition & Exhibition in an effort to promote special topics that writers can consider when submitting their entries.
Thursday, March 24, 2016. 6:30 p.m. | Books & Books @ the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Participants are led in a short, themed writing prompt. Those who want to, will read their work aloud. We'll take a break to drink, eat and socialize (your first drink is always on the house!) then we start the whole process over again.
Derek Walcott, the 1992 Nobel Prize winner for literature, was among the first knighted by St. Lucia as the island celebrated its 37th anniversary of political Independence from Britain last month. Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy announced that Walcott, 86, who has won many literary awards, has been named a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Lucia for “exceptional and outstanding service to national importance to St. Lucia.”
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