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Write it now - Writing Clinic – September 2018

The Louise Bennett-Coverley Heritage Council was established in honor of the Jamaican cultural icon, Louise Bennett-Coverley, to promote and stage cultural and educational events to preserve her legacy, and provide scholarships to students in the South Florida community and Jamaica.

The writing clinic was a new addition to this on-going mission and was sponsored by Friends of the South Regional Broward College Library. The council designated Malachi Smith as the coordinator.

The one-day clinic - Write It Now – was held at the South Regional Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, Florida. About 35 people participated in the four workshop sessions.


Participants were invited to choose one of three genre workshops, register online and send examples of their work. Geoffrey Philp conducted the Fiction workshop which covered the topics:  - Character   - Setting     - Plot     - Tone  - Point of view  


Christine Craig conducted the Poetry workshop which included: - Harmonizing imagery - -Tuning up musically   - Up-beat editing. This workshop included guidance in practical writing sessions.

Malachi Smith covered Performance Poetry with the topics: Heritage Vibing

Riding the Rhythm   - Using the stage /body language - Interpretation and delivery. Audrey Creary and her drumming ensemble provided accompaniment for this workshop.


There was a joint session for all participants managed by Judith Faloon-Reid who dealt with Independent Publishing –– branding, editing and marketing.

Each presenter designed his/her own workshop and produced handouts for their sessions. The package of handouts included information on Miss Lou, the work and mission of the Heritage Council and information on how to donate to the scholarship fund.


Feedback on all workshops was enthusiastically positive and it was decided to include this event in the Heritage Council’s annual roster.

Save the Date: The 2109 workshop will be held October 5 at the Broward County West Regional Library, 8601 West Broward Boulevard, Plantation, Florida 33324. For information email:

Make it Real — Second Annual Louise Bennett-Coverley Heritage Council’s Writers Clinic

      The second annual Writers Clinic presented by the Louise Bennett-Coverley Heritage Council was a great success. Fiction was taught by Jamaica-born retired Miami-Dade College professor and author of Garvey's Ghost, Geoffrey Philp, and renowned Jamaican author Christine Craig taught Poetry. Malachi Smith taught a join session on Performance Poetry.

      The Writers Clinic is held annually in South Florida to pay homage to Jamaican cultural icon, the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, and to assist aspiring writers with developing their craft. The Clinic was held in partnership with Broward County West Regional Library, with sponsorship by Friends of the Broward County South Regional and West Regional libraries.

      There were 29 participants and feedback included:

     “Excellent! Delivery was clear and provided a good basis to grow.”

     “Dub poetry presentation was captivating, informative

     “Presenters were knowledgeable, creative, kind and helpful.”

     “Excellent day! Should be held more frequently.”

     “I enjoyed the hands-on aspect and opportunity to share.”

     “I learned so much, I can’t wait to perform my poetry.

      “Good format.” "It was amazing." "Excellent delivery."

           Geoffrey Philp said this of the Clinic— “I had a wonderful time conducting the Make it Real workshop with Christine Craig and Malachi Smith, two writers whose work I have admired for a long time. The wide range of participants, from retired teachers to middle school students, created an atmosphere in which deep learning could flourish during our conversation about craft. Judging by their probing questions and written responses that I have received so far, many of the writers, especially some of the middle school students, are on the path to becoming outstanding writers.