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Wadadli Pen Update – Workshop

We want you to win.

One of the ways team member (author of Turtle Beach, The Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Stories, and even more stories) Barbara A. Arrindell is trying to help you win is with an announced March 18th 2021 workshop. This series of short workshops will provide you with tips that may help you to select your topic, develop your characters, allow your creativity to flow, utilize local sites and folklore, and much more. You must pre-register. Do this by sending a message via the link above or via email to barbaraarrindell@yahoo.com. The zoom link and additional information will then be sent to you. Register early to secure your spot. This year Wadadli Pen is accepting entries from children and adults.

The submission deadline for the 2021 Wadadli Pen Challenge is March 26th 2021. I just posted videos (one to my AntiguanWriter YouTube Channel and one to the Wadadli Pen YouTube Channel – both which you should rush over and subscribe to by the way) of a recent interview I did breaking things down re both the Challenge and the #readAntiguaBarbuda #voteAntiguaBarbuda readers choice book of the year initiative.


A recent commenter here on the blog asked about the submission form. “Would it be possible to fill out the application form electronically please? I do not have access to a printer right now and it would be very useful if alternative methods could be made available. Thank you!” – A. It’s a fair point; we should look in to uploading directly via submittable or other platform, but to be clear you do not need to print the form and you are submitting electronically. What you need to do is download and fill out the form electronically and submit said form via email as an attachment along with your entry, also as an attachment, to wadadlipen@gmail.com

A questioner to my DMs wondered if there was a penalty for going over the word count. – A. We’ve actually extended the word count from 750 to 1000 words in recent years. Since doing so we’ve gotten fairly strict about the word count. Challenge yourself to tell your story with precision – after all, you already have 250 extra words to play with.

We also had a request to direct mail the submission form; obviously it’s not practical for us to do so for everyone. We simply don’t have the time nor the numbers. But I’ve doublechecked that the form is downloadable and can be filled out electronically; so please act accordingly. Find the form and submission guidelines above at Wadadli Pen 2021.


In case you missed it, we’ve followed up our launch announcement with a second press release shouting out the latest patrons to come on board. The news you may be particularly interested in from that is that, while the Challenge is open to all ages this year, we will have a special prize for 12 and younger aged writers, sponsored by Cedric Holder, who is doing so in the name of his son Zuri, a former Wadadli Pen finalist who died tragically in the first road fatality of 2021. Also team member Floree Williams Whyte’s Moondancer Books has sponsored the ad below.

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Daring to Dance

It’s the season of dance, so to speak, in Antigua. A few weekends ago  was the end of year production of The Dance Centre (a ballet troupe I’m very familiar with from my niece’s dancing days) and coming up is the Antigua Dance Academy’s Rhythmic Nexus at the Dean William Lake Centre on July 3rd (6:30 p.m.). The latter, specializing in Afro-Caribbean folk dance is led by the uber-talented Veronica Yearwood and it’s always a good show (check it out). In between, held this past weekend, was Shiva’s School of Dance ‘sfusion of Reggae, Jazz, Caribbean, Urban American (i.e. Hip Hop), Eastern, African, and more from across the musical map. In fact, if I have one critique of the show on the rainy night I attended is that, entertaining as it was, and it was, it could have been condensed. But, if it had been, perhaps everyone, including and especially the little ones, would not have gotten so many opportunities to shine, and for the parents and family members packed under the tent no doubt that trade off is worth it.


It was the little ones’ night to shine.

It’s always nice to see, parents and aunties and uncles, goddies and more out to support and encourage as our parents did during our school dance recitals (right?) And while the wee ones were the main reason I thought this post would be a good fit for Wadadli Pen – a site which encourages young people to express themselves and celebrates them when they do, I was there to cheer on one of the older ‘kids’, my friend Marcella who you can thank for the pictures in this post. With no dance background outside of natural rhythm, and performance experience more on the side of public speaking (using her words not her body), she began the year leaping in to and embracing the experience, and was practically glowing as she danced her way through several numbers including my favourites, the nostalgic Reggae number and the fierce African number at the end.

Big Spender

That’s her, third from left, with the big hair, during the crowdpleasing Hey Big Spender number.


Here’s the African number I mentioned…see that straight from the Motherland fierceness?


That’s her in red during the old school Reggae number that asked (a la Musical Youth) “whatchu talking bout, you say you don’t like the reggae beat?”

One of my favourite numbers (though she wasn’t in this one) was Cell Block Tango from the musical Chicago.

cell block tango

*sings* “He had it coming, he had it coming, he only had himself to blame…”

I told you they were up and down and sideways on the musical map.

Go here to read about that other activity I went to this weekend that was also a positive experience for the youth.

As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Musical Youth, Fish Outta Water, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on  WordPress and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen, my books and writing, and/or my writing-and-editing services. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.




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