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When JSYWP Meets Wadadli Pen

Was nice to see some familiar faces from past Wadadli Pens at my first ever Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project (August 12th t 16th 2013); loving their commitment to improving their craft.

Wadadli Pen 2012 Second runner up 12 and younger Chammaiah Ambrose, author of How  Tigers Got Stripes, is the youngest of the JSYWP group but she’s always willing to try; like her spirit.


2013 finalists Asha Graham and Michaela Harris were also there, always willing to share and give feedback – admire their maturity.

Asha and Michaela by Joanne C Hillhouse

Asha won the whole Wadadli Pen kit-n-caboodle with Revelations Tonight and snagged a runner up prize with Remembrance.

Michaela by Kurne

Michaela meanwhile was a runner up in the 13 to 17 age category with Secret of de Mango Tree.

OriqueFinally, there’s Orique Gordon, he’s 2011 winner of the 12 and younger category and an overall finalist with The Lost Coin. He still has quite the imagination.

Was happy to see them all again, to be able to encourage and guide them and to provide feedback on their new writing.

For highlights of our week together as well as their assessment of the work we did together, go here for the last of five entries – click the links at the bottom of that page for the other four. Also, check this out:

*with photos by Kurne Williams for Silston Library

*Tuition sponsors of the JSYWP were: Anonymous, Brenda Lee Browne, Caribbean Water Treatment, Dr. Jillia Bird, Paperclips, Sanhall Trademarks Ltd., Shirley Heights Lookout, and Townhouse Mega Store.

*The following also provided patronage and/or assistance: The Best of Books, Koren Norton, Silston Library, St. John’s Cooperative Credit Union, Carol Mitchell, Marie Elena John, friends and family.

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Who made the short list?

UPDATE – for an open letter to Wadadli Pen finalists (and all budding writers), go here.

 After the first round of judging, these are the names of the writers tapped by one or more of the judges in this year’s Wadadli Pen Challenge. Each entry is evaluated blind by at least two judges in round one and then by the chief judge in round 2 after which they will be returned to the respective writers for final editing. Who’ll make the final cut? That’ll be decided in the second round of judging and revealed during the awards ceremony. These are the ones still in the running (you may notice some familiar names *see links* from previous Wadadli Pen Challenges).

12 and younger

Chammaiah Ambrose (Sunnyside)

Vega Armstrong (St. Nicholas)

Juliet Browne (Villa Primary)

Zuri Holder (Antigua Grammar School)

Rhea Watkins (St. John’s Catholic Primary)

13 to 17

Asha Graham (Antigua Girls High School)

Michaela Harris (Antigua Girls High School)

Isheba Simon (Antigua State College)

18 to 35

Danielle M. Benjamin

Daryl George

Latoya Aretha Honore

Arati Jagdeo

Jamila H. K. Salankey

Latisha Walker-Jacobs


Filed under Wadadli Pen 2013, Wadadli Pen News