Press release – St. John’s, Antigua, October 14, 2012: ‘Empowering’, ‘thought provoking’ and ‘needful’ are just some of the words used to describe last weekend’s Just Write Writers Retreat at Mount Tabor in John Hughes.
Zahra Airall, Loretta Benjamin, Devendra Thomas, Carissa Warner, Aisha Ralph, Glenn Toussaint, and Tiffany Smith were the first seven participants of a weekend filled with workshops, discussions, walks and writing exercises facilitated by Marie-Elena John ‘Unburnable’, Joanne Hillhouse, ‘Oh Gad!” and Brenda Lee Browne.
“The Just Write workshop/retreat was a necessary and important programme, which showed that we recognize the need to encourage, nurture and develop our writers and our artists so that we can tell our stories in a stronger voice,” states Glen Toussaint.
The first Just Write Writers Retreat was made possible with the help of the following partners: Joan Underwood, the Best of Books, Colombian Emeralds International, Education for Advancement – Antigua and Barbuda, PIC Insurance and private donors.
Brenda Lee Browne the Retreat’s organiser added that the weekend exceeded all her expectations: “I have to thank my fellow facilitators, Joanne and Marie-Elena, my partners and the wonderful participants who really made this weekend so memorable. It was an opportunity for all of us to talk and learn about the craft of writing as well as practical sessions on rewriting, resource materials and moving from manuscript to published book. The fabulous setting at Mount Tabor was conducive to writing; we are looking forward to returning next year.”
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER: Browne has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK and has facilitated various writing workshops with the Department of Culture, Gender Affairs, and the Antigua and Barbuda Literary Festival and chaired the Independence Literary Arts Committee for four years. For the past two years Browne has been the head judge of the Wadadli Pen Prize, and is a recipient of a 2011 National Youth Awards for Contribution to the Literary Arts.