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I first offered this course in 2016. Engagement was successful and reviews were positive. It’s been a minute, but it’s back, still under the banner of Barbara Arrindell & Associates .

If you’re a working person in Antigua and Barbuda who wants to improve her/his written (and/or oral) communication skills, here’s where you start:


To download registration form, right click above or download this: BA & A registration both 2017




Where to start?

I’ve been lobbying CODE, the Canada based non profit behind the Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean Fiction, to locate one of their workshops in Antigua and Barbuda since I first learned about them so, I’m thrilled to report that it’s happening. This November. And I’ve been asked to assist with putting it together and to facilitate. I’m hoping teen writers and adult writers alike will take advantage of the opportunity. And when they do I hope it proves to be a growth opportunity for all of us.

Here are the details re the teen workshop:

The workshop is offered as part of CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, which aims to provide Caribbean youth with access to books they will enjoy and want to read. Through the Award’s book purchase and distribution program, a minimum of 1,200 copies of each winning title is donated every year to Caribbean youth through schools, libraries and community organizations. Workshop participants will have the option of adding their school to the distribution list for free copies of the 2014 winners.

DETAILS OF TEEN WORKSHOP: Caribbean workshops_Nov2014_teens

Here are the details of the workshop targeted at adults…interested in writing teen content:

Offered as part of CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean Literature — which aims to provide Caribbean youth with access to books they will enjoy and want to read — the workshops are intended to help emerging or established writers of books for teens or young adults develop their skills, deepen their understanding of writing strategies appropriate for this age group, and encourage them to submit their work for consideration for the Award.

DETAILS OF ADULT WORKSHOP: Caribbean workshops_Nov2014_adults

I’m looking forward to the opportunity to facilitate. In more personal news, the path has not been without its potholes but my book Musical Youth, which placed second for the Burt Award earlier this year is… (almost) here! How close is it? Well, here’s the cover, featuring the art of Antigua and Barbuda’s Glenroy Aaron:


Don’t get jealous but I have a copy of the original painting in my home. Thanks, Glenroy.

I’ll be reading an excerpt from the book during a preview event the Friday evening before the workshops at the Best of Books. Meantime, here’s a blurb courtesy of publisher Caribbean Reads:

Can one summer make the difference of a lifetime?

Zahara is a loner. She’s brilliant on the guitar but in everyday life she doesn’t really fit in. Then she meets Shaka, himself a musical genius and the first boy who really gets her. They discover that they share a special bond, their passion for music, and Zahara finds herself a part, not just of Shaka’s life, but also that of his boys, the Lion Crew.

When they all get roles in a summer musical, Zahara, Shaka, and the rest of the Lion Crew use the opportunity to work on a secret project. But the Crew gets much more than they bargained for when they uncover a dark secret linking Shaka and Zahara’s families and they’re forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about class, colour, and relationships on the Caribbean island of Antigua.

1final_caribbean_logoMusical Youth placed second in the 2014 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature sponsored by CODE.

Musical Youth is a beautifully crafted novel with the leitmotiv of music running throughout it. This is a powerful and credible story of young love between two likeable heroes.”—CODE, Sponsors of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature.

If you’re as excited as I am, or even a fraction of it, please, please, please spread the word; I dream of Caribbean teens consuming this book like good food. Ain’t nothing wrong with dreaming but let’s put some pro-action behind it.

Thanks for always having my back. I appreciate it from my foot-bottom to my head-top.


Just looked this up….thought I’d share what I found…this is an interesting article on not only how what you know or what is assumed about you can work against you but what you can do to increase the odds of getting a real shot at that next project. News you can use.

“During more than a year of actively seeking a full-time job, Noluthando Crockett-Ntonga landed lots of interviews — sometimes second and third interviews.

But she received no offers for the communications or project management openings she sought.

Instead, the former NPR White House correspondent heard repeatedly from recruiters and hiring managers that she was overqualified. She believed she was applying for jobs that matched her experience, so she decided to change her image and her approach.

“I really began to believe that the label ‘overqualified’ is a code word for other things,” she said. Crockett-Ntonga, who had worked as a communications consultant for universities and members of Nelson Mandela’s cabinet, said she thinks other things employers might object to include high salary expectations, resistance to new technologies and a pompous approach.”