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Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project 2019 Registration Forms Now Available

[TEXT: Exploring Antigua Barbuda
That will be the mission this summer of writing adventure during the Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project 2019. Facilitated by  author (The Boy from Willow Bend, Musical Youth , With Grace , and more)  Joanne C. Hillhouse the workshop’s mission is to encourage its young participants to explore and engage with the environment around them,  imagine, and write—with Hillhouse providing writing guidance, tips, and feedback.
Two weeks of activity are  being planned—
July 22nd—26th 2019 & August 12th—16th 2019
Register (by June 30th 2019) for either or both. Email jhohadli@gmail.com for forms or download at jhohadli.wordpress.com or wadadlipen.wordpress.com]

JSYWP Registration Form 2019

Open to teens in Antigua and Barbuda.

If you wish to sponsor a participant, Contact me at jhohadli at gmail dot com.

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CODE SPONSORED TEEN AND ADULT WORKSHOPS SET FOR ANTIGUA IN NOVEMBER

Get on it quick. Registration deadline is November 11th 2014.

Here are the details re the teen workshop:

The workshop is offered as part of CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, which aims to provide Caribbean youth with access to books they will enjoy and want to read. Through the Award’s book purchase and distribution program, a minimum of 1,200 copies of each winning title is donated every year to Caribbean youth through schools, libraries and community organizations. Workshop participants will have the option of adding their school to the distribution list for free copies of the 2014 winners.

DETAILS OF TEEN WORKSHOP: Caribbean workshops_Nov2014_teens

Here are the details of the workshop targeted at adults…interested in writing teen content:

Offered as part of CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean Literature — which aims to provide Caribbean youth with access to books they will enjoy and want to read — the workshops are intended to help emerging or established writers of books for teens or young adults develop their skills, deepen their understanding of writing strategies appropriate for this age group, and encourage them to submit their work for consideration for the Award.

DETAILS OF ADULT WORKSHOP: Caribbean workshops_Nov2014_adults

I’ve been lobbying CODE to locate one of these workshops in Antigua and Barbuda since I first learned about them so, yay, for this. And looking forward to the opportunity to facilitate. In other me and CODE news, my book – you know the one that placed second for the Burt Award – Musical Youth – yeah, that one, it’s dropping soon. And I couldn’t be happier. I’m planning a reading event with CODE for the Friday before the workshops so you’ll be able to get a teaser of the book. Looking forward to all of it. Here’s the cover,  with art work by Antigua and Barbuda’s own Glenroy Aaron. Sweet, right?

MUSICAL_YOUTH_Nov1

 

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Burt Award (Update and audio links)

 

Reading an excerpt of my forthcoming manuscript which took second place for the Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean Literature at the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad, 2014.

Reading an excerpt of my forthcoming manuscript which took second place for the Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean Literature at the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad, 2014.

A year ago around this time, I’d just made my submission to the first ever Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean Literature. As you may know, I placed second for that award and I am now working with publisher CaribbeanReads to bring this book, Musical Youth, to market as part of the prize.

So look out for the book that has been described as

“a very exciting book…very interesting narrative with music running throughout it…” – one of the judges speaking on my forthcoming book Musical Youth during the Burt award panel referenced below. Read on.

Collecting my trophy.

Collecting my trophy.

My relationship with CODE, organizers of the Burt Award, has expanded in unexpected ways, meanwhile. I have been helping to identify groups to receive copies of the winning books locally. I am a judge for the 2015 prize. I am currently putting together a CODE sponsored workshop for Antigua and hopefully some of the surrounding islands. If you’re interested in either the workshop or the books please feel free to leave a comment below.

So there’s a lot to look out for. And, in case you want to look back, I wanted to share audio links of the Burt Award ceremony in Trinidad in April 2014 and of the Burt panel I was invited to be a part of alongside winner A-dZiko Gegele and third placed writer Colleen Smith-Dennis.

Here I am discussing young adult literature in the Caribbean with other Burt Award finalists. http://www.codecan.org/burt-award-caribbean

Here I am discussing young adult literature in the Caribbean with other Burt Award finalists. http://www.codecan.org/burt-award-caribbean

To tease your interest, here are some excerpts from me from that panel:

“the relationship between the teens is what moves the story but at the core of it is this girl discovering her talent” (re why I selected the excerpt that I did to read)

“It was driven by what is this journey that she is on” (on what motivated me to write it)

“Any person on any generation can remember the first time I guy dropped some lyrics on them” (on making the story relatable to young people)

“A lot of the times it’s a question of making the right match with the reader…it’s writing that speaks to them…whatever they’re interested in, there are books that they can read…if you give them material that appeals to them that doesn’t feel like a chore that doesn’t feel like a school assignment, they will read it” (on getting young people to read)

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