This post was grabbed from the social media page of Michaela Harris, pictured left next to me (centre) in an image she grabbed from my social media*. The image is from the 2013 Wadadli Pen Challenge awards and the comment in her post references her involvement in Wadadli Pen – as a finalist in 2012 and 2013, and as our first ever intern in 2017. Her sentiment is unexpected and deeply appreciated.
I’m sharing it here not to blow myself up but to remind you to remind your teen or yourself (if you happen to be a teen) that they have up until September 20th 2019 to apply for internships with the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize ahead of the 2020 Challenge season. From the press release announcing the internship:
“The ideal candidate is a recent secondary school graduate or college student, between 17 and 23; but genuine interest, not age, is the bigger qualifier. The selected interns may receive recommendation/endorsement letters on satisfactory completion of the internship.”
I also wanted to share Michaela’s post about why she applied for the internship while a student at the Antigua State College:
“Creative writing has held my interest for a very long time. As a child, I had dreams of becoming a famous author or poet alongside another career choice. Though timid is not particularly an adjective I would associate with my younger self, I often wrote pieces and kept them as my own tiny treasures. However, over time, I longed to share my work with others, as this would help me to grow as a writer and an individual. It was also my desire to inspire other young people like myself to express themselves.”
Finally, I wanted to share her post about the experience:
“My internship began in December 2016 and came to an end in May of this year. My tasks were, but not limited to, administrative and promotional work. I became a youth media ambassador, making media appearances promoting the programme on youth friendly traditional media platforms & recommending and targeting youth social media platforms. I also assisted with flyer distribution. Additionally, I checked the group’s email, responding to requests or concerns, and relaying urgent information to my boss, Ms. (Joanne) Hillhouse.
The ways in which I developed from this internship are numerous. I first and most importantly was challenged to learn better time management skills as a young adult. My writing, whether in emails or for my previously submitted blog post was soundly critiqued by Ms. Hillhouse to encourage better writing each time. An immense level of professionalism was cultivated as I was entrusted with access to the email account which held confidential information. I also gained experience with both the prep and appearance for a radio interview at Observer Radio Station. My final task was to co-host the Wadadli Pen awards at the first Best of Books book fair this year alongside Ms. Hillhouse and Ms. Arrindell. It was truly a pleasure.”
The internship programme is hoping to attract up to five interns to work in different areas of the programme this time around. See the linked press release for application details.
*p.s. here’s the text that accompanied the original photo on my social media: With a pair of Wadadli Pen 2013 winners at the awards ceremony. The one on the right, Asha, was our first back to back overall winner and went on to win a literary arts National Youth Award. If she wants, she’ll be a writer someday. The one on the left, Michaela, went on to be our first (and as yet only) ever intern in 2017 and gave helpful feedback on my performance as a mentor. She’ll be a boss someday. We’ll be recruiting new interns for the 2020 season. Details to come but big picture… This time around I’m hoping for more than one intern to be paired with each of our team members and help lighten the load while picking up some skills and experience for the resume. There will be no cash remuneration as the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize is a completely voluntary activity for all involved. It is an opportunity for a professional development and volunteer experience for a young Antiguan and Barbudan (national and/or resident). Intern may also receive a recommendation/endorsement letter from the team member with whom he/she is paired on satisfactory completion of duties. The search was limited to Antigua State College students in the past but this time I’m opening it up to any young resident between 17 and 23 (the college years…roughly… but you don’t have to be in college). Email email@example.com Expressions of interest here on facebook in comments or DMs, or anywhere other than email, will not be acknowledged. So, email and put your best foot forward. Read about Wadadli Pen – the project that’s been nurturing and/or showcasing the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda since 2004 – here https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com
As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is researched and written by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure; also a freelance writer, editor, writing coach and workshop facilitator). Excerpting, reblogging, linking etc. is fine, but PLEASE do not lift ANY content (images or text) wholesale from this site without asking first and crediting the creator of that work and/or copyright holder. All Rights Reserved. If you like the content here follow or recommend the blog, also, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. Thank you.