Joanne C. Hillhouse
author/creative writer (novels, short stories, poems, non-fiction),
freelance writer (journalism, feature articles, copy writing/content creation – web content, brochures, special publications etc.),
editor (commercial, creative – from manuscript critique to full edit to final review, and any other type of writing/project – calendars to company reports to manuals to books),
writing coach (mentoring other writers – especially writers with projects in progress),
course instructor (communications – including tertiary level), and
workshop facilitator (writing for media, written communication, creative writing for various age groups and competencies – independent or on commission)
Client performance reviews attest that approach to assigned projects has been
“Meticulous” “Professional” “Supportive“
Writing client (on copy for ad, jingle, slogan, documentary for national recycling campaign): “Joanne came up with an amazing concept, was very professional when it came to making any amendments to the script, great at hitting deadlines; and an overall joy to work with!”
Editing client (calendars, brochures, reports, academic theses, web content, eulogy): “She is my ‘go to person’ when I need a document professionally edited.”
Coaching client (gender advocate wanting to strengthen written communication): “working with Joanne has been a great boost to my confidence and she challenges me to explore styles and perspective that I would never have tackled on my own.”
Course/Workshop participant (CODE sponsored workshop on writing teen/young adult fiction): “I thrived in the environment you created.”
Degree in Mass Communications (CARIMAC, UWI)
Experience as a journalist (print, online, audio-visual – working full time at the Ministry of Information with stints at the Nation newspaper and ABS TV as a reporter, interviewer, and current affairs programme producer, also producing regional content, and later the Antigua Sun newspaper as a staff reporter and columnist; co-founder of Antigua and Barbuda’s first online news platform sourceab.com and of Homegrown publications which published its own lifestyle magazine, Essential, and several commemorative magazines on commission; and freelance contributor to many publications – local, regional, and international), film and TV producer (including as associate producer and script supervisor on Antigua and Barbuda first feature length film, and production manager on its second – see IMDB entry), content creator (including public relations and education designed to change attitudes and inspire action e.g. as the first environmental educator with the National Solid Waste Management Authority, producing a newsletter, TV public service announcements and documentaries, newspaper columns, in addition to school projects, media programmes, workshops, and projects to build content – jingle, mascot, story book draft etc. – laying the foundation for an education and awareness campaign designed to inform and change behavior; campaigns for the Environmental Awareness Group, Ministry of Environment, Antigua and Barbuda Waste Recycling Corporation, AIDS Secretariat, Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation etc.), other-related (social media marketing, rapporteur, lit arts competition judge, project management on magazines and special supplements e.g. for Carnival 50th Anniversary – Observer arts supplement, Calypso Association anniversary magazine, and newspaper supplement to commemorate the abolition of the slave trade)
Education, training, and work experience provided a strong foundation for a freelancing journey that began in the early 2000s and has included opportunities to work on a wide range of projects.
Caribbean-based while producing for clients beyond Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean – today’s community is Global.
Writing, a business … and passion.
Books of fiction as well as short stories and poems published in several journals and anthologies. Awards won for journalism, creative writing, and community service. Participant in numerous professional development creative writing and editing workshops – including one of the US’ oldest, Breadloaf at Middlebury College as a fellow in Ursula Hegi’s fiction workshop; the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop at Brown University led by Maaza Mengiste and Ravi Howard; the Caribbean Fiction Writers Summer Institute facilitated by Olive Senior; the Commonwealth Writers-sponsored fiction writing and fiction editing workshops, the former led by Jacob Ross – who subsequently served as a mentor – and Karen Lord, and the latter by Akashic publisher Johnny Temple and Peepal Tree publisher Jeremy Poynting; the University of Iowa’s online writing course facilitated by Margot Livesy and others; fiction writing and mentorship opportunities with Mervyn Morris at University of the West Indies; Ithaca College screenwriting workshop; and more.
Has facilitated workshops in creative writing on commission for, among others, the Bocas Literary festival (creative writing for children), the Ministry of Education’s Summer Institute (creative writing/creativity in the classroom), the BIM Literary Festival (creative writing), the Department of Youth Affairs (media training workshops); and has offered written communication courses with Barbara Arrindell & Associates in addition to stints teaching communication at a number of tertiary institutions (e.g. Cathodale, Antigua State College, American University of Antigua), and independently-crafted sessions as the Jhohadli Writing Project (including the Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project). Available for customized workshop commissions and teaching opportunities.
Working on a freelance or consulting basis
Maximizing creativity and professionalism
Get in contact to discuss your project today; or to advertise with the digital edition of the CREATIVE SPACE art and culture column; or to be added to the mailing list for future workshops/courses with the Jhohadli Writing Project or other programmes.
Also available for author readings, workshops, literary panels, and more; contact as needed.