I’m tired but happy today because The Allen Prize for Young Writers’ Term II Seminar was held yesterday and it was a success. Tired=lots of planning work and running around, then hosting and stage managing yesterday with the help of lots of people–my brother Dennis, my daughters, Rhoda, Brian. Happy because (although our preregistration drive netted us more than 50 students the actual turnout was, once again, lower than expected) we had a small but keen audience.
The speakers were marvelous. Nicholas Laughlin talked about the possibilities of creative non-fiction.
Monique Roffey spoke about her life as a writer, starting as a wall-scrawling toddler, up to her short listing for the Orange Prize in 2011.
And Muhammad Muwakil performed his spoken word magic before giving a talk on writing.
Gillian Moor was our guest performer.
It was an exciting morning. Now on to the Awards Ceremony in May, and the next seminar–in Tobago!–in June.