The Writer

Belize Writers’ Conference

In 2017, author and relationship expert Joey Garcia attended a book festival in Brooklyn and noticed that while writers from Jamaica and Trinidad appeared as presenters and panelists, authors from Belize did not. She mentioned this to another participant, who looked at her blankly. “Belize?” he said. “Do they write?”

Born in that coastal country on the Caribbean, Garcia was horrified. “We have to start getting our writers to polish their work and get agents to see them,” she says. “What better

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