Today I'm really excited to host Joanne C. Hillhouse on the blog for the first time! Joanne is the author of two Caribbean YA books, The Boy from Willow Bend and Dancing Nude in the Moonlight both published by Macmillan Caribbean and both on the secondary school reading list in Antigua and Barbuda. She lives in Antigua where she works as a freelance writer and editor. Another side of the Willow Bend author that some people may not know is that she is the founder/co-ordinator of the annual Wadadli Youth Pen Prize and its accompanying workshops for young writers in Antigua and Barbuda.
Through the Wadadli Pen movement, Joanne and her team are making a ground-breaking effort to change the culture of writing in the Caribbean by providing incentives and training for promising child and teen writers, thereby setting them along the path to rewarding literary careers. The launching, this year, in Trinidad and Tobago of a similar youth writing award-program, the Allen Prize for Young Writers, gives me hope that youth activism surrounding writing and literature is a trend that is catching on in the Caribbean. I almost weep to think that there could have been opportunities and prizes like these around when I was growing up in Trinidad! Or maybe there were and I just didn't know about them...which is a whole other topic. Anyway, today Joanne is here on the blog to talk about Wadadli Pen. Without further ado, let's here what she had to say.
Wadadli Pen – Nurturing another generation of Antiguan and Barbudan Writers
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Summer Edward is a Children's Literature and Publishing Consultant. She holds an M.S.Ed. degree in Reading, Writing, Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania and is the recipient of a Highlights Foundation Scholarship for promising children's writers and the School of the Free Mind's inaugural Way of the Book Honor Award given to artist-authors demonstrating long and sincere commitment to changing the world through children's books. Learn more about her here .