Past clients have described my approach to given tasks as
“Meticulous” “Professional” “Supportive“
Writing client: “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: “She is my ‘go to person’ when I need a document professionally edited.”
Coaching client: “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: “I thrived in the environment you created.”
My degree is in Mass Communications (CARIMAC, UWI) and my experience is in media and the literary arts. I am a:
- Journalist/Features Writer/Columnist
- Educator/Workshop facilitator/Writing coach
I have also worked as a producer and production manager in Antiguan-Barbudan/Caribbean film and TV, project manager on magazines and special supplements, rapporteur, print and TV reporter and writer, and environmental educator. My literary services to other writers include manuscript critiques, edits, and one-on-one coaching to jump start writing or work through specific projects. I’m also available to teach classes, coach, and facilitate writing workshops.
Not based in Antigua and Barbuda? Not a problem. I have produced for clients based in Antigua and Barbuda, the Caribbean, and the international community; I can produce for you wherever you are. Thanks to information technology, our community is global, and as a freelancer, I am also open to travel.
Writing is not just my business, it’s primarily my passion; as such, I have books of fiction as well as short stories and poems in several journals and anthologies to my credit. I’ve participated in the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference (as a fellow in the Ursula Hegi led fiction workshop), the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop (facilitated by Maaza Mengiste and Ravi Howard), the Caribbean Fiction Writers Summer Institute (facilitated by Olive Senior), the University of Iowa’s online writing course (facilitated by Margot Livesy and others), writing programmes offered by the University of the West Indies (fiction) where I was mentored by former Jamaican Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris, and Ithaca College (screenwriting), as well as various writing and/or editing workshops (sometimes participating, sometimes conducting as with my fiction session co-facilitated with Bernice McFadden at the BIM Lit Fest). My efforts in this regard enhance not only my writing but my striving to be a good writing coach and facilitator, writer, and editor.
I work on a freelance or consulting basis. Before freelancing, I worked full time with the Antigua Sun (as staff reporter and columnist – Sister to Sister); the Ministry of Information (especially, but not limited to, the Nation Newspaper and ABS TV/radio); and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (as its first environmental educator, laying the foundation for its education and awareness campaign). I have used and built on this experience working independently over the years.
Contact me to discuss your project today or if you want to be added to the mailing list for future workshops/courses.
As a writer, I’m also available for readings, workshops, literary panels and more; contact me about that as well.