Mailbox – Belize Writers’ Conference

Belize is the latest country to add a literary gathering (as I’ve written about for Writers’ Digest and as catalogued here, this is a growing event in the Caribbean region). Here’s all you need to know (from our mailbox). – JCH

BWC 2017

First-ever Belize Writers’ Conference Launching April 2018
Six-day conference offers workshops by New York literary agents

Sacramento, Calif.—The first-ever Belize Writers’ Conference for fiction, creative non-fiction and memoir writers will be held from April 23 to 28, 2018, at the Ak’bol Yoga Retreat on Ambergris Caye, Belize. The international conference is limited to 30 writers who will be selected through a juried application process. Two New York literary agents—Carrie Howland of Empire Literary and Kate Johnson of Wolf Literary Services—and author and writing coach Jane Anne Staw comprise the faculty. The conference includes five days of workshops, including critique sessions and master classes on nourishing a writing practice and building a fulfilling career as an author. Daily opportunities are offered for yoga and meditation, free time for writing, and opportunities to explore the island and snorkel the waters. Event details—including the online application and daily schedule—are available at This is the first such event in Belize and the first produced by a Belizean.

The Belize Writers’ Conference attendees will also learn about the unique history and diverse culture of Belize through presentations by local experts. The Belize Writers’ Conference is proud to give back to the community through a donation of three percent of its profits for academic scholarships to Belizean youth.

Conference founder Joey Garcia was born in Belize and now lives in Northern California. For more than 20 years she has written “Ask Joey” a relationship advice column hat reaches over 300,000 weekly readers. She is also an award-winning author and poet. In 2004, she founded “Rise Up Belize!” a non-profit that serves children and teens in California and Belize. She is passionate about elevating and celebrating the literary arts in the Caribbean.

Go here for more details.

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