Mailbox – Just Write

This just in, Just Write is on. Details below.


Press release, St. John’s, Antigua – October 23, 2017: Writers age 16 and over will have an opportunity to create new work during a one day ‘In Celebration of Ourselves, Our Journey and Stories to be Told’ workshop, to be held on Saturday, November 4th at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda.

This event will be hosted by Just Write – Antigua and the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, the workshop leader, Brenda Lee Browne explains how this workshop came about: “Over the past five years, Just Write has hosted weekend retreats, one day workshops that have looked at the craft of writing, whether short stories, novels or poetry. This will be the first time that the workshop will focus on local history and using it as a basis for creating new stories, there are so many untold stories out there that we can use as the basis of our creative works.”

There will be four sessions as well as time to just write: Browne adds that: “I am very excited to be working with writers Barbara Arrindell and Floree Whyte as well as producer and journalist Mitzi Allen. Arrindell is passionate about history, especially local history and she will be presenting a session on three local,  historical, yet over looked figures. This session will be the basis for the afternoon’s writing project.

In between there will be a session led by Whyte on ‘Publishing – the lessons Learnt and what Publishers Want’ and by Allen ‘On the Joy of Reading and Book Clubs’. The fourth session, led by Browne will be  exercises to get the writers ready to just write.

The one day workshop starts at 9:00 am and will end at 5:00 pm and costs $75ECD, scholarships are available for young writers from Antigua and Barbuda. Interested persons can  email: or check the Just Write – Brenda Lee Browne Face Book page.

Past Just Write Writers’ Retreat facilitators include: Tanya Evanson, Joanne C. Hillhouse, Marie Elena John, Chadd Cumberbatch and Mark Brown.


We also received some FACILITATOR BIOS which we’ll share below.

Barbara Arrindell wants to be a writer when she grows up and has always enjoyed doing historical research.  She combines these two interests to create short stories that can be classified as historic fiction. Barbara thinks of herself as bringing life to lifeless dates and intrigue to sterile bits of historic information.

Floree Whyte is an author and founder of Moondancer Books. Her two previous publications Pink Teacups & Blue Dresses and Through the Window are available on Amazon and at Best of Books. Her newest publication The Wonderful World of Yohan will be the first publication of Moondancer Books.

Mitzi Allen is an award-winning journalist and film and television producer – Managing Director of HAMA Inc. producers of four television series, four feature films and countless documentaries. She is an avid reader and belongs to the ‘Sisters with Books’ book club, which is over 15 years old.

Brenda Lee Browne – Born in the UK of Antiguan parents, trained as a journalist and yet, wanted to be a writer since about 9/10. Started writing after moving to Antigua and has been published in newspapers in Antigua, the UK and the USVI, as well as anthologies in the USA, Canada, Caribbean and the UK. Created ‘Just Write’, a face book page and creative writing workshop that takes place in the community, prison, and an annual writers retreat. Hurston Wright Writers Week Scholarship recipient, Antigua and Barbuda Life Time Achievement Youth Development Award and was long listed for the 2013 Hollick Arvon Prize. Her first Novel, ‘London Rocks will be published by Hansib in 2017.

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