Publications and Projects

Available for writing, editing, and workshop/teaching projects; also one-on-one coaching. Contact me.

Also check out:
My online CV
My full range of Services
My CREATIVE SPACE series
My Jhohadli Writing Project workshop series
My Performance Reviews
My (publications via my) Contently profile

Have questions? Contact me.

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PUBLICATIONS
My background is in both journalism and creative writing, and not limited to either lane. This page is specific to publications for which I have been commissioned to write and/or edit. 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 writingBlogger on Books, or the blog’s main page for whatever’s on my mind. Click links or images to read samples (where available), and keep scrolling for other projects:

Special/one-off publications include:

article in Antigua Mas 2019
Antigua Mas 2019 (a commemorative Carnival magazine for which I wrote Mas on the Road)
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 Girl Guides Association of Antigua and Barbuda 75th Anniversary Magazine (also served as managing and content editor)
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The Antigua and Barbuda Carnival magazine (official) 
The Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival magazine (the companion magazine for the local literary festival)

The Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (commissioned article for publication)
CMA (unofficial Carnival magazine; articles included profiles of Carnival personalities)The Golden Jubilee Independence Magazine (as part of Homegrown Publications)
The King Obstinate 50th Anniversary Magazine (as part of Homegrown Publications)
Last Lap (unofficial Carnival publication)
The State Insurance Anniversary Magazine (as part of Homegrown Publications)
The Teachers Cooperative Credit Union (Community First Cooperative Credit Union) anniversary magazine

Serial and periodic publications include:

A Little Bit of Paradise (a coffee table book on Antigua and Barbuda; initial commission was a single article and I was later commissioned as copy editor)
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 )
Antigua Nice (an 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)
The Antigua Sailing Week Magazine (an annual publication linked to the annual international regatta for which I wrote articles like the ones linked below)

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The Yachting Season
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The Antigua and Barbuda Sports Fishing Magazine (official sports fishing association magazine for which I wrote articles)
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)
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Caribbean Beach News
(regional destination magazine for which I wrote articles like ‘Montserrat Still Nice’)
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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.

Antiguan kiteboarding pioneer Andre Phillip goes airborne. Photo by Roddy Grimes-GraemeAtlantic Wide:
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

Three Questions for Ms. Drew

Caribbean Belle
CARICOM Holidays Travel Guide
Caribbean Homessee my review of The Road to Wadi Halfa on Page 87
Caribbean Life
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CREATIVE SPACE
(Daily Observer edition – my online series as of 2020 also runs every other Wednesday in the now fully digital newspaper)
The Crier (online publication for which I wrote creative non-fiction/fiction as commentary like Carnival Hangover)
Daily Observer (local daily print, and later print and online, newspaper which I wrote for, roughly, from 2002 to 2014, until the CREATIVE SPACE column started running in the same publication, now fully online, 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 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. A For this issue, I scouted, edited, and featured lit and visual art by our top artists.  My articles in the regular edition of the Paper ranged from hard news reporting across several beats to op-ed pieces and features e.g. the personal essay linked immediately below)

Sample (personal essay) – Reflections on Jamaica
Also given my own literary ambitions, Annie John carved out a special place, that in time I came to understand fully. It helped remove bars on my world that were as much my own construction as society’s.

Essence magazine (a personal essay entitled Mirror Mirror)
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Huffington Post (reported feature entitled Barbuda’s Hurricane Irma Story is about Devastation and Resilience)
Island Beat (regional environmental reporting)
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)

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)
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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)
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Writer’s Digest (feature on Caribbean literary festivals called Writers Digest2Literature 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 pictured immediately below)
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‘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!”’

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The CREATIVE SPACE column was subsequently revived on my own platform and syndicated to Antiguanice.com and as of 2020 Daily Observer with an extended edition published here on the site.

This is just a sample of the publications I’ve written for. Contact me to discuss your writing assignment today.

PROJECTS
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.
ABTA newsletter March 2020 and ABTA June 2020 newsletter immediately below)

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, Sugar Club, and Adventure Antigua

Behanzin Entertainment (press releases)
Blue Banyan (book editing)
Cable and Wireless (writing+editing anniversary publication)
Carib Export (pre-conference 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)
The Catamaran Club (content writing + editing)
Chosen Sounds (writing + editing press releases)
Claudette ‘CP’ Peters (artist profile)
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)
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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)
The Girl Guides Association of Antigua and Barbuda (commemorative publication, press releases)
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(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) Noble Family
Medical Benefits Scheme (content creation + editing – web, print including the 2019 recipe book pictured below)add to portfolio.jpg
Mindful Movement (content creation – web)
Multi Tech Engineering (company profile)
North Star (articles for tourism-industry client)
Northstar Travel Group (writing property reviews)
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)
University of the West Indies’ Faculty of Humanities and Education, Department of Language, Linguistics, and Literature (project advisor)
Various writers, academics, and artistes (editing, coaching)
Villas at Sunset (promo ad)
The West Indies Cricket Board (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)
Content creation 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
Profiles and Biographies
Researching
Reviews – book reviews to tourism site reviews
Scripting for different media especially print reporting and features
TV and film production (including producing 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)
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Writing press releases and other promotional content
Writing and/or editing manuals, research papers, power points, booklets, newsletters, brochures (print and electronic), 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.  Also available to discuss ghost writing, content creation, content marketing, branding projects. 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 (The Antigua and Barbuda News Source Online, one of if not the first purely online news publications out of Antigua and Barbuda) and Homegrown Publications (whose products included Essential magazine and several special commissioned publications). 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.

Contact me to discuss your project today.

TRAINING

My Jhohadli Writing Project builds and delivers creative writing workshop. I’ve also been involved in training and/or teaching. Institutions I’ve taught at and/or with which I’ve provided writing/writing-related workshops include:
The American University of Antigua (communication, undergrads)
The Antigua State College (communication, A level students)
Barbara Arrindell & Associates (written communication, evening classes and company training, adults )
The Best of Books (creative writing, youth camp)
The BIM Literary Festival in Barbados (jointly facilitated with award winning African American writer Bernice McFadden, creating writing for adults)
Cathodale – the Catholic Diocese of Antigua Advanced Level Programme (communication, Advanced level)
CODE – Canada non-profit (organizing and facilitating creative writing workshops, teen/young adult and adult)
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 arts retreat, adult)
The Ministry of Education’s Summer Institute – Antigua and Barbuda (workshop, teachers)

Contact me to discuss your project today.

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OTHER WRITING

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 (Time to Talk, The Masquerade Dance, Inner City Girl, Possessing the Secret of JoyWithout a Summer, The Whale House and Other Stories, and more plus  Quick Takes) in my Blogger on Books series. I also write TV reviews (When They See UsUnderground, The Walking Dead, Survivor’s Remorse);  and movie reviews (Suffragette, Da 5 Bloods, Creed, Room and Other Movies). I write about topical issues (like MeToo, One Model of Effective Parenting, Community Action in Action); cultural issues (Food as Culture, Hollywood why are you so unambitious?, Natalie Cole: the Tribute that might have been, Queen Latifah: Build your own Boxes); and writing and publishing issues (Many Sides to a Single Story, Writing off the Map, Adventures in Reading with Children, To be Messy is Human). My blog series include The Short of it – a mini series on Caribbean women writers of short fiction, She’s Royal – a series on alternate female royals for Hollywood’s consideration, and CREATIVE SPACE – my art and culture series the extended online edition of which offers advertising opportunities to businesses operating in Antigua and Barbuda to boost their brand while boosting local art and culture.  There are, as well, interviews I’ve done with creative people (e.g. MJ Fievre, Sharma Taylor Sharon Leach, Ann Morgan, Eugenia O’Neal, Joy Lapps, Melissa Gomez, Diana McCaulay). Also TV reviews and more at Medium.

Finally, beyond my freelance writing for clients, and blogging, there’s 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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