Designer Melanie Archer will lead the NGC Bocas Lit Fest seminar on how to make your book look great. The event will highlight the intersections between art, design and writing.
Noting that books are judged on their covers, Lit Fest said Caribbean writers have reason to pay more attention to book design than to the intrinsic value of indigenous design.
“In the age of competitive online marketing, self-publishing, social media, booksellers and bestseller lists, books are judged on their covers. Additionally, as people increasingly turn to entrepreneurial pursuits during the covid19 pandemic, the number of self-published authors continues.But Caribbean writers have another reason to pay attention to book design: the intrinsic value of indigenous design, celebrating modern Caribbean aesthetics, ”Lit Fest said in a press release.
Archer will bring his teaching knowledge and multidisciplinary experiences in art, design, writing and publishing to the June 26 seminar. Archer is a freelance graphic designer, partner / editor at Robert & Christopher Publishers, co-founder of Design Objective, and part-time lecturer at UWI, St Augustine campus. She also writes on art, design and culture, and is the co-editor and author of A to Z of Caribbean Art, celebrating a number of Caribbean artists.
NGC Bocas Lit Fest said its Creative Writing Workshops connect attendees with the best animators in editing, language and all aspects of writing, as pillars of the annual literary festival. Since 2011, the facilitators have given 72 different workshops and masterclasses in Trinidad, Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana and Saint Lucia. Its online workshops are available year-round, via Zoom, to established and emerging writers around the world, and offer commentary and support, Lit Fest said.
Festival Director and Founder Marina Salandy-Brown said: “There is real potential to channel our literary and artistic talents into the development of the Caribbean creative economy, and Bocas Lit Fest is particularly honored to be partner with some of the best writers and publishing professionals. to help new writers find their voice and make their passions work in these precarious times. The quality of the workshops is guaranteed.
All levels are welcome, with a special masterclass in speculative fiction at intermediate and advanced levels from August to October, led by Caribbean sci-fi and fantasy writing giants Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell.
For more information on the June-December 2021 workshops: www./. bocaslitfest.com/ateliers; [email protected]