The Drawing Room Project Season of Literature Continues


Following their magnificent inaugural Writers’ Retreat with Christine Craig at Country Thyme, Highgate St Mary, The Drawing Room Project (DRP) returns to Kingston to host The DRP Summer Series 2014 on July 5, 6, and 13, 2014. This series of workshops in Poetry and Fiction is aimed at beginner to early career writers. Jamaican writers Mel Cooke, Sharon Leach and Lenworth Burke will be the mentors for this series.

Voicing Our Times: Mel Cooke leads the first session, Voicing Our Times.  Participants will grapple with social subjects and write about them in personal ways.  They can anticipate new poems that are poignant and skilfully crafted. The poet and journalist’s first collection, Eleven Nine, was published in 2008 by Blouse and Skirt Books and his spoken word album Seh Sup’m: Live from Kingston, in 2013.  Cooke has also been published in the Jamaica Journal, Jubilation!: Poems Celebrating 50 Years of Jamaican Independence, Peepal Tree Press,  and So Much Things to Say, Akashi Books.

People. Not Characters! will be led by Sharon Leach, winner of a Musgrave Bronze Medal in 2012 and author of the award winning collections What You Can’t Tell Him: Stories, 2008 and Love It When You Come, Hate It When You Go, 2014.  Leach is renowned for her gritty characters and participants will find this workshop particularly enriching to lift their prose off the page and give them life in the minds of readers.

Sculpting the Draft: Lenworth Burke leads the final cohort of fiction writers in Sculpting the Draft, where those participants stuck on their first or second drafts will be guided through the editing process to make the tough cuts and polish their story into a distinct finish.    Burke was the winner of the Jamaica Observer Literary Awards for Fiction in 2000 and was long-listed for the Boca Lit Fest’s Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize in 2013. His short stories and poems have been published in several anthologies including Focus 1983; So Much Things to Say; and in the Bearing Witness series from the Jamaica Observer

This is the third major project by the DRP which is providing writers with a space to grow and engage in a supportive creative process.  Writers of both poetry and fiction stand to benefit from participating in all three workshops which address key elements of craft.

The Drawing Room Project is a voluntary association founded by Millicent A. A. Graham and Joni Jackson, who are both fellows of The Calabash International Literary Festival Trust Writers Workshops.

For more information contact the group at

For poster, see Summer poster.pdf

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