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Jamaican Author Jean D'Costa to Host Workshop on Writing for Children

Jean D'Costa to host workshop on writing fiction for children

The name Jean D’Costa has become synonymous with Jamaican children’s literature after decades of her works becoming signature texts in the island’s education system. The writer will be sharing her expertise on weaving lasting stories able to cast a spell on young readers a workshop titled ‘Wielding the Storyteller’s Net: The Spaces Between Words’.

The children’s writing workshop is being staged by the Jamaican Writers Society in collaboration with the Department of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies, Mona and will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at 10:00 am.

D’Costa’s Sprat Morrison and Escape to Last Man Peak are possibly two of the most read Jamaican books for children. D’Costa has also authored Voice in the Wind, Duppy Tales, Ceasar and the Three Robbers and Jenny and the General. She is the co-editor of the collection Over Our Way with Dr. Velma Pollard.

D’Costa will be visiting Jamaica in relation to the upcoming Lignum Vitae Awards, which features a prize named in her honour. The awards, staged by the Jamaican Writers Society in collaboration with the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency, will take place at the National Gallery of Jamaica on Friday, November 6, 2015.

The Jamaican Writers Society recently released the shortlist for the trio of prizes that comprise the awards. The list features nine writers as follows:

The Una Marson Award for adult literature

The Cherry Picker - Patrick Brown

The Angel’s Share - Garfield Ellis

The Road to Timnath - Sylvia Gilfillian

Tea By the Sea  - Donna Hemans

Augustown – Kei Miller

The Vic Reid Award for young adult literature

The Titchfield Turnabout – Paula Lennon

Gone to Drift – Diana Macaulay

The Jean D’Costa Award for children’s literature

A Different Me: A Better You – Janet Morrison

Duppy in the Wardrobe – Helen Williams