Available for writing, editing, and workshop/teaching projects, as well as, one-on-one coaching. Also with TV/film production and print project management experience. Contact me.
As a published author, available as well for readings and related paid appearances.
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My online CV
My full range of Services
My CREATIVE SPACE column
My Blogger on Books book review/book chat series
My Jhohadli Writing Project workshop series
My Performance Reviews
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My background and training is in both journalism and creative writing, and not limited to either lane. Writing is my passion. I also have film/TV production experience, public education experience (environment), and experience in the class room (communications) and organizing and facilitating workshops (written communication, creative writing). This page is specific to publications for which I have been commissioned to write and/or edit, as well as projects I have worked on and/or managed. This is primarily focussed on my freelance writing and writing-related activities. For articles about me and my creative writing, see my Media page; for my creative writing, see my Books page or links to my other published writing, or the blog’s main page for whatever’s on my mind. Click links or images to read samples of my published writing (where available), and keep scrolling for other projects:
Articles in special/one-off (or occasional) publications include:
The Antigua and Barbuda Calypsonians’ Association 50th anniversary publication (a commemorative magazine for which I wrote and edited articles on Calypso Jim, Calypso Joe, Franco, Short Shirt, Swallow, Onyan, Ivena, and others)
The Antigua and Barbuda Carnival magazine (official)
The Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (commissioned article for publication)
The Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival magazine (the companion magazine for the local literary festival)
Antigua Mas 2019 (a commemorative Carnival magazine for which I wrote Mas on the Road)
The Antigua Sailing Week Magazine (an annual publication linked to the annual international regatta for which I wrote articles like the ones linked below)
The Antigua and Barbuda Sports Fishing Magazine(official sports fishing association magazine for which I wrote articles)
CMA (unofficial Carnival magazine; articles included profiles of Carnival personalities)
The Girl Guides Association of Antigua and Barbuda 75th Anniversary Magazine (also served as managing and content editor)
The Golden Jubilee Independence Magazine (as part of Homegrown Publications, an independent publication venture with which I was involved)
The King Obstinate 50th Anniversary Magazine (as part of Homegrown Publications)
Last Lap (unofficial Carnival publication)
Life in Antigua (annual tourism publication for which I wrote several arts themed features such as the one immediately below on the Moods of Pan steel band festival)
A Little Bit of Paradise (a coffee table book, periodically updated, on Antigua and Barbuda; initial commission was a single article and I was later commissioned as copy editor of a subsequent edition)
The State Insurance Anniversary Magazine (as part of Homegrown Publications)
The Teachers Cooperative Credit Union (Community First Cooperative Credit Union) anniversary magazine
Visit Antigua Barbuda 2020 (on commission from North South Net Custom Content Solutions)
Articles in serial publications and periodicals include:
Altitude (an inflight magazine covering Caribbean art, cultural events, and, as pictured, destinations):
Américas (a hemispheric publication for which I was commissioned to write several articles including Racing Toward Survival & coverage of Antigua’s literary festival – see story listings)
Antigua Nice (a weekly e-newsletter which I wrote and edited, and online platform with which I was a contributor, the purpose to promote the island and its tourism products. Examples
52 Reasons and Counting to Fall in Love with Antigua All Over Again
A Special Challenge
Expanded Opportunities to Play Tennis, Swim and Sail
Windies Veteran Kenny Benjamin is Batting for our Youths).
Antigua Nice also published my CREATIVE SPACE column between 2018 and 2019.
The Antigua and Barbuda Sports Network (online sports site for which I wrote several articles)
Business Focus Antigua (business magazine for which I wrote profiles, and more including this article on coral reefs)
Caribbean Beach News (regional destination magazine for which I wrote articles like ‘Montserrat Still Nice’)
Caribbean Beat (inflight magazine of major regional carrier for which I wrote numerous articles over the years; including the ones highlighted immediately below)
The Antigua Dance Academy: It Starts with the Drum:
Veronica Yearwood was already an adult when she accompanied her big sister to a dance class in 1981. She took to it, but what she couldn’t take was the “bad discipline and erratic behaviour” even at the level of the since-stalled National Dance Theatre. “When I came back from studying, I was not satisfied,” Yearwood explains. Her journey wouldn’t have happened without her mother Mignon Yearwood, the lady they all call “gran-gran,” who died in the past year. “She was the one that said to me, go for it,” Yearwood recalls.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Team Wadadli — Dr Nicholas Fuller, age sixty-four; Rowan “Archie” Bailey, fifty; John Desmond “JD” Hall, twenty-nine; and Peter Smith, seventy-four — braved the self-described “world’s toughest row.” They journeyed 2,600 nautical miles, from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, in Wa’omani, a boat no longer than seven metres, no broader than two. They made the Guinness Book of World Records (twice!) while doing so, and they’re the only Caribbean team, to date, to take the challenge, which has attracted rowers from around the globe.
Need for speed: Renée “Buttaz” Edwards and Lisa “Lisalis” Abraham:
Antigua is already a popular drag racing spot, Lisalis says, for its competitiveness, location, and vibes. With investment in a track, one of her major goals, it could be even more so. To some, drag racing is too dangerous — one reason they might think it’s not for women. But, Lisalis counters, “within everything, there is some level of danger . . . if you’re only going to think about the danger, you’re not going to live.”
It started with a Snake:
So there is plenty, both practical and poetic, to recommend the work being done to preserve Great Bird Island, Guiana Island, and more than a dozen other islets near Antigua’s international airport. As Kevel Lindsey says, “The islands preserve and protect unique landscapes that have been lost on most of the mainland: natural aesthetic, wilderness, natural poetry, and a sense of place.” But there’s a financial argument too.
From Boggy Peak to Mount Obama
Erna Mae Tonge: Recipe for Magic
CARICOM Holidays Travel Guide – see Walking On Water
Caribbean Homes – see my review of The Road to Wadi Halfa on Page 87
CHE Caribbean Health & Education (my articles in the pictured issue are the cover stories: ‘Jean-Marie Thomas, Fashioning Success’ and ‘The Health Benefits of the Tropical Fruits’ or Fruits fuh days)
CREATIVE SPACE (this Daily Observer edition of my column, which previously ran in the LIAT inflight magazine and on Antiguanice.com, began publishing in 2020 and runs every other Wednesday in the paper which is now fully digital, here on the blog, with EXTRAS here and on my @jhohadli YouTube channel).
CREATIVE SPACE collected its first award in 2021 when it placed third in the OECS Journalist Challenge for media content on the blue economy. The winning mini-series was made up of CREATIVE SPACE #19 OF 2021 –MARINE CULTURE 1 OF 2: FEAR OF SWIMMING, WITH CHRISTAL CLASHING O’REILLY which ran in the September 15th 2021 edition of the Daily Observer with the extended edition running on my Jhohadli blog and the video component running on my AntiguanWriter YouTube channel and CREATIVE SPACE #20 OF 2021 – MARINE CULTURE 2 OF 2: FINITE RESOURCES, OCEAN LAW, AND COMMUNITY ACTION, WITH TRICIA LOVELL which ran in the September 22nd 2021 edition of the Daily Observer with the extended edition running on my Jhohadli blog and the video component on my AntiguanWriter YouTube channel.
*previous columns have included ‘Sister to Sister’ in the Antigua Sun while I was employed there as a staff reporter between 1997 and 1999, and ‘Wadadli Culture’ and ‘Vintage’ in the Daily Observer newspaper while freelancing with them in the aughts.
Daily Observer (local daily newspaper which I wrote for, roughly, from 2002 to 2014, until the CREATIVE SPACE column started running in the same publication, now fully digital, in 2020. While writing for Observer, I earned a 2002 Environmental Journalist of the Year award from the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism and Environment for a piece on the Hawksbill turtle, and certificates of merit for excellence in health journalism – newspaper feature category – from the Pan American Health Organization/Antigua and Barbuda Media Awards for Excellence, 2003 and 2005 for, respectively, an article on calypsonian Zero’s battle with HIV/AIDS and a Breast Cancer Survivors series. I didn’t write on health and environment exclusively. I was drawn to social and cultural issues (The History of Your Black Hair), including gender, education, arts-related, and human resouce/people-centred coverage. I also pitched and edited a special magazine supplement, Carnival 50 Arts Anthology – Carnival is all we know – on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Antigua and Barbuda’s Carnival in 2007. For this issue, I scouted, edited, and featured lit and visual art by local artists)
Essence magazine (a personal essay entitled Mirror Mirror)
Essential (features – profiles and other long form articles; as partner in this magazine and other Homegrown Publications projects)
Huffington Post (reported feature entitled Barbuda’s Hurricane Irma Story is about Devastation and Resilience)
Island Beat (regional environmental reporting project)
Island Where (St. Lucia based regional publication for which I wrote features including profiles and arts commentary including the two book reviews pictured immediately below)
The OECS Advocate (various article; sub-regional publication)
The Outlet (various articles; print newspaper)
Pastemagazine.com (beer feature; online publication)
Protestmagazine.com (online magazine; pop culture essay – Where Is Storm’s Movie – excerpted immediately below)
“As I write this, Black Panther is hyped to tear through the Box Office, and if you know comic lore, you know that T’Challa and Ororo (i.e. Storm) have history – were legally wed even. The series favours strong women – or so the previews suggest – so it has to happen, right? Right?”
Publisher’s Weekly (online and print article headlined: Indie Success: Writing off the Map From indie to mainstream, Caribbean authors are finding readers—and landing publishing deals—in the U.S.)
“Bourne says writers—especially writers whose opportunities have been limited and who are now intimidated by the publishing process—need to be able to identify their needs and speak up. Everything is negotiable.”
She Caribbean (Caribbean woman’s magazine; various profiles and essays like the one immediately below)
Writer’s Digest (feature on Caribbean literary festivals called Literature with a Splash of Lime)
Zing: the LIAT Inflight Magazine (features on arts to activities including profiles like the King Calypso and ziplining articles and earliest iteration of the CREATIVE SPACE column in which I covered mas, French creole music, film, and other aspects of Caribbean culture)
‘But easily his most significant creative partnership was the one that followed, with first-cousin Shelly Tobitt, one of the great scribes of Antiguan and Barbudan calypso. “I think the period of collaboration with Shelly produced something unique,” says Paget Henry, Antiguan and Professor of Africana studies at Brown University in the US. Despite the fact that they went on to have a creative falling out and haven’t worked together in a good long while, Short Shirt agrees that “Shelly’s a master”, and that they made some magic together. “He know me, he know my ability, he know my range; what he’d do for me, he couldn’t do for other people,” Short Shirt explains. He describes Shelly as a conscious writer with a good sense of melody; and that combination of conscious writer, conscious artiste, and musical sense, produced some danceable, songs that have resonance to this day.’ (from King Calypso)
My Caribbean Adventure
(excerpt from a re-post of the original article at Antiguanice.com) ‘And the truth is, while it feels the good-side-of-dangerous, it never feels unsafe thanks to the safety talk and demonstration you receive before moving out. You’re also well harnessed and kitted out with gloves and helmets, plus there’s a natural breaking mechanism for the times when you can’t remember how to stop! The high point of this particular zipping adventure is ‘The Screamer’ – a line 325 feet long, 300 feet high. By the time you reach it you’ll have conquered a few more manageable lines and feel amped for something more challenging. Your gut will clench as much in trepidation as anticipation, as you leap, open your mouth and “Oooooooooh!”’
This is just a sample of the publications I’ve written for. As you can see, I write on Caribbean arts, culture, environment, and writing/lit arts related topics; though, as a journalist and writer operating from, though not limited to, a small market, I have naturally evolved in to an all-rounder going wherever my pen and curiosity, and commissioned assignments take me. Contact me to discuss your writing assignment today.
Beyond writing for media, I’ve worked on a wide range of projects with clients from the financial and business sector to non-profits and cultural entities. Here’s a cross-section:
The ABI Financial Group (web writing + editing, brochure scripting, advertorials)
The AIDS Secretariat of Antigua and Barbuda (scripting Teen Talk show)
Antigua Airport Services (press releases)
The Antigua and Barbuda Calypsonians’ Association (editing anniversary publication)
The Antigua and Barbuda Development Bank (press releases)
The Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority (editing publication)
The Antigua and Barbuda Tennis Association (writing+editing content – various e.g. social media and newsletters –
ABTA newsletter March 2020 & ABTA newsletter June 2020)
The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (judging romance writing contest)
The Antigua and Barbuda Waste Recycling Corporation (jingles, ads, documentary script)
Antigua Nice (editing their weekly e-newsletter and creating content for their website)
Content created for the web includes write-ups on Blue Waters & Adventure Antigua
Behanzin Entertainment (press releases)
Blue Banyan (book editing)
Bocas (contest judging, workshop)
Cable and Wireless (writing+editing anniversary publication)
Carib Export (conference promo article)
Carib World Travel (press release)
The Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation (brainstorming the concepts for and writing of public service announcements for TV and brochures w/other writers from across the Caribbean for several years as part of CFPA’s Fighting AIDS through Training and Education campaign – e.g. Bacchanal Time)
Caribbean Reads Publishing (editing books for OECS/USAID Early Learners Programme)
The Catamaran Club (content writing + editing)
Chosen Sounds (writing + editing press releases)
CODE (the non-profit behind the Burt Award for which activities have included judging the Caribbean leg of the Burt Award, organizing and facilitating a workshop in Antigua, and mentoring and editing for a writer from the Africa region)
The Committee to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the British Empire Atlantic Slave Trade (editing newspaper supplement Toward Reparations Booklet linked and pictured below)
The Commonwealth Youth Programme Caribbean Centre (rapporteur)
The Da Silvia Group of Companies (content writing + editing)
The Department of Youth Affairs (Antigua and Barbuda) (youth media training workshops)
Dianne’s Brokerage Services (editing, social media, other)
El A Kru (artist profile)
The Environmental Awareness Group (content creation – print, audio, visual including for initiatives like The Offshore Islands Conservation Project for which I wrote print and radio copy, a mini-TV-documentary, and a 20-page-plus booklet)
Environment Division (Antigua and Barbuda) (content creation – see the Sally Project)
The Girl Guides Association of Antigua and Barbuda (commemorative publication, press releases)
Girls of a Feather non-profit, St. Lucia (editing)
Gore’s Wholesale (ad copy)
Gray’s Farm Publishing (editing)
Great Young Minds (writing camp)
HAMA (Film producer and production manager, TV segments scripting, field production)
Hansib (A Little Bit of Paradise – book editing, writing)
IDEA Media (articles for Carnival and Independence publications)
Karib Cable/Kelcom International (drafting + editing script for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Channel) Mary Robinette Kowal (dialoge editing – book)
Medical Benefits Scheme (content creation + editing for web and print including calendars – e.g. Official MBS 2023 Calendar, pamphlets and brochures, and the 2019 recipe book pictured below)
Mindful Movement (content creation – web)
Multi Tech Engineering (company profile)
North Star (articles for tourism-industry client)
Northstar Travel Group (writing property reviews)
Oxford University Press (profiles – Gwen Tonge, Zoe Saldana, DJ Kool Herc)
Palette Designs (scripting video content)
Raw TV (research)
Scenic Tours Antigua (editing of web and brochure content)
St. John’s Taxi Association (writing + editing – various)
Strebor (book editing)
Talkabout Skills (writing or editing content)
The Teachers’ Cooperative Credit Union (editing anniversary publication)
UNICEF (editing COVID-19 brochure)
University of the West Indies’ Faculty of Humanities and Education, Department of Language, Linguistics, and Literature (project advisor)
Various writers, academics, and artistes (writing profiles and artist statements for musical to visual artists like Heather Doram, Claudette Peters, El A Kru, and others; editing creative and non-creative books, childrens books to fantasy fiction to cookbooks, to name a sample, for various authors locally and internationally; editing essays and PhD theses for amateur writers and academics alike; coaching for general skills development or book projects)
Villas at Sunset (promo ad)
The West Indies Cricket Board/Cricket West Indies (editing manuals and other print content)
West Indies Publishing (Life in Antigua and other publications) (writing)
This is just a sample of the project commissions I’ve worked on – additional service breakdown below. Contact me to discuss your project today.
Services I’ve provided to these clients include:
Audio visual scripting (TV content – programmes and segments, infomercials, documentaries, public service announcements, advertisements) – e.g. PSAs for the Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation, PET Playhouse segments, Teen Talk for the AIDS Secretariat, ABWREC documentary, Karib Cable Tourism Channel, and more
Coaching and Mentoring other writers
Editing (books – fiction, memoir, recipe books, non-fiction; stories, essays, academic theses; manuals, company reports and manuals, web content, articles, and more)
Creating Content for social media and various other platforms
Crafting anniversary publications (e.g. Carnival 50th anniversary arts supplement for the Daily Observer, the Committee to commemorate the abolition of the British Empire Atlantic Slave Trade’s newspaper supplement, anniversary publications for the Calypso Association and the Girl Guides Association of Antigua and Barbuda, among others)
Drafting, Editing, and/or Critiquing web content (corporate and professional web sites, social networks etc)
Facilitating courses and writing workshops (fiction and non-fiction; planning and executing)
Judging writing contests (e.g. Burt Award, Wadadli Pen, Independence Literary Arts (A & B), Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Romance Writing Contest, Belize Book Industry Association)
Penning profiles and biographies
Reviewing – books to tourism sites
Scripting for different media especially print reporting and features
Producing for TV and film (including segments of ‘Pet Playhouse’ and ‘Community Notices’, as well as serving as associate producer of Antigua and Barbuda’s first feature film The Sweetest Mango and as production manager on its second No Seed)
Writing press releases and other promotional content
Writing and/or editing manuals, research papers, power points, booklets, newsletters, print and e-brochures, calendars, corporate reports, content for social change campaigns – e.g. creatively explore the issue of climate change from a local perspective. Read the complete series here: Sally
Teaching and tutoring (writing, editing, and media and communications)
& more. Bottom line, if it’s writing-related, contact me to discuss your project today.
I’ve been a partner in and writer with media projects sourceab.com (a pioneer in online reporting from Antigua and Barbuda) and Homegrown Publications (whose products included Essential magazine and several commissioned publications e.g. for Independence, Carnival, King Obstinate, State Insurance anniversary). While not a paying gig, for the professional experience it provided, it’s worth mentioning that I was invited in 2014 to edit the Tongues of the Ocean’s Artists and Writers of Antigua and Barbuda and that I founded the not-for-profit Wadadli Youth Pen Prize in 2004 and continue to serve as its coordinator. My professional background includes my time as a staff reporter and columnist with media entities like ABS TV and Antigua Sun newspaper, and as the first environment officer – education with the National Solid Waste Management authority initiating various community and media projects.
Contact me to discuss your project today.
My Jhohadli Writing Project builds and delivers creative writing workshops. I’ve also been involved in training and/or teaching at:
The American University of Antigua (communication to undergrads)
The Antigua and Barbuda Film Academy (creative writing workshop to teens, and edit of participant manuscripts)
The Antigua State College (communication to A level students)
Barbara Arrindell & Associates (written communication, evening classes and company training to professional adults)
The Best of Books (creative writing to youths)
The BIM Literary Festival in Barbados (jointly facilitated with award winning African American writer Bernice McFadden, creating writing to writers and aspiring writers)
Cathodale – the Catholic Diocese of Antigua Advanced Level Programme (communication to A level students)
CODE – Canada non-profit (organizing and facilitating creative writing workshops to writers and aspiring writers)
The Department of Youth Affairs (organizing and facilitating Youth Media Training workshops)
Great Young Minds (creative arts camp, teens)
The Independence Literary Arts Committee (creative arts retreat, teens)
The Just Write Writers Retreat (creative writing and editing to writers and aspiring writers)
The Ministry of Education’s Summer Institute – Antigua and Barbuda (workshops on creativity/creative writing in the classroom to teachers)
Contact me to discuss your project today.
Back to Joanne’s Writing, Editing, and Coaching Services.
This page is primarily for projects I’ve worked on for paying clients.
In the blogosphere, you’ll find other examples of my writing such as book reviews (e.g. The Masquerade Dance, & Without a Summer from my Blogger on Books series), TV reviews (e.g. When They See Us & The Walking Dead), and movie reviews (e.g. Suffragette & Da 5 Bloods). You’ll also find writing on topical issues (e.g. MeToo & One Model of Effective Parenting), cultural issues (e.g. Food as Culture & Hollywood why are you so unambitious?), and writing, reading, and publishing issues (e.g. Writing off the Map & Adventures in Reading with Children). My blog mini-series include The Short of it on Caribbean women writers of short fiction, and She’s Royal on alternate female royals for Hollywood’s consideration. There are, as well, interviews I’ve done with creative people (e.g. MJ Fievre & Sharma Taylor ). These are just some sample links; dig around for more.
Finally, beyond my freelance writing for clients, and blogging, there are my creative explorations. For more on my own writing, check out the links in the drop down menus at the top of this page.
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