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Caribbean South - will be responsible for helping its
SCBWI members in their careers and will include Anguilla, Antigua,
Barbados, Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Nevis,
St. Barts, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago; Guyana and Venezuela too.
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If you are based in another island of the region: Nassau, Bahamas
and will be responsible for Caribbean North including: The
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She is a former Features Editor for The Nassau (Bahamas) Tribune.
In her newspaper days she co-founded a magazine for high school
students which won Pan American Health Organisation & Planned
Parenthood international awards. She is the Children’s Book-Buyer
for an independent book store in Nassau, and also co-ordinates
children’s programmes for the store. She is the founder of a School
Librarians’ Network which meets monthly and encourages the exchange
of ideas and information about kids and books. She is a freelance
editor/writer and her work has appeared in U.S. and Bahamian
publications. She has studied writing for children through Vermont
- Caribbean South (THE SOCIETY OF
CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS &
NOVEMBER 2005 - Second monthly
On Saturday 26th November SCBWI - Caribbean South hosted its
second monthly meeting in the auditorium at NALIS in Port-of-Spain.
We had sixteen people turn out. A half and half mixture of repeaters
and new guests. There were a number of phone calls / emails offering
regrets for some who were unable to attend this meeting and wanted
to express an intention to join SCBWI and / or attend upcoming
meetings. Since our meetings are open to non-members these are
separate agendas at this time.
Lawyer, Karen Waldron and now SCBWI member (see photos at
right), facilitated an overview/ quickie workshop in
intellectual properties and copyright law.
(THANK YOU KAREN!)
Jeanne Mason, a writer/editor who also attended our first
meeting, emailed me afterwards. "While I already knew most of the
information she shared, your friend the attorney/ mother/ author was
simply delightful and a pleasure to listen to. Where do you find
The truth is we find each other, no? And I agree, Karen easily
qualifies as an unforgettable woman!
Dr. Kumar Mahabir, writer/ publisher ("Caribbean Indian
Folktales") who was present also commented on Karen's unique beauty
and intelligence. Kumar indicated that he is looking for writers/
Chakra Publishing House,
10 Swami Avenue, Don Miguel Road,
San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago.
Tel: (868) 674-6008
Tel/fax: (868) 675-7707
Cellular (868) 756-4961
This inspires me to move forward an SCBWI meeting in the works
which will highlight local and regional publishers. A definite for
Marsha Gomes who attended for the first time and is a student of
Professor Mahabir, volunteered to help senior members of the group
with computer literacy; teaching them how to get online and surf the
world wide web etc. This is also on our SCBWI 2006 agenda.
I feel satisfied that my own efforts are being fairly rewarded
and appreciate the enthusiasm and helpfulness I meet in Karen,
Marsha and others, which easily matches my own. At this time I feel
both patient and pleased, trusting that the work will evolve
according to genuine need.
Sincerity is of greater interest to me than quantity.
Thanks to all of you who participated this year. I look forward
to the work we may inspire in each other in the coming months and
years of my term as your Regional Advisor.
May you and yours be abundantly blessed with the true light of
each new day!
Joanne is the editor of a new series and is NOW ACCEPTING
SUBMISSIONS for Macmillan Caribbean (Macmillan Publishers Ltd. UK)
Writers need not be from the Caribbean, but the work must have
strong Caribbean themes and content. We are looking for the
Caribbean version of "Harry Potter". Must be strong in sci-fi/
futuristic/ fantasy/ folk lore with contemporary interpretations
etc. Full length novels 40 to 50 thousand words. Must appeal to both
boys and girls ages 12 to 15.
DO NOT SEND FULL MANUSCRIPTS. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Submissions: 2- 3 page synopsis of story, with three or four
sample chapters Include shory bio about yourself and your work.
Please indicate if the work is an exclusive submission. Include your
name, email address and phone number. email submissions acceptable
Joanne Johnson -
#6 Mace Place; Haleland Park;
Maraval; Trinidad; W.I.
SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. ONLY THOSE OF INTEREST WILL BE
RESPONSE TIME 6-12 weeks.
SEEING YOUR WORK PUBLISHED?
Illustrators, photographers and designers, authors
..... MEET BOB SWAN - Art Director Macmillan Caribbean, Macmillan
Saturday 29th April, 2006 From 10 am to Noon. At
NALIS in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad in the basement Auditorium.
Bob will offer a presentation on his role as Design Manager
and Art Director for Macmillan Caribbean which will be followed by a
Participants will also have some opportunity (as time permits) to
show their portfolios and network with Mr. Swan.
Admission/ participation is FREE. In the event of limited seating
preference will be given to SCBWI members and to those who register
Mr. Swan is scouting for new Caribbean based talent for current
and future projects. Limited one on one appointments are available
for booking Thursday 27th and Friday 28th April. Illustrators,
photographers and designers with work to show, may call or email to
book in advance.
Tel: 762-6225 /629-6582
As an official SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and
Illustrators) meeting, writers and illustrators of children's work
are encouraged to attend.
Spread the word and.... see you there!
T&T or T&T based writers and
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Caribbean-South will be hosting its second group meeting at the
National Library In POS.
Over twenty people, men and women, of all ages and walks of life
atteneded our first SCBWI Caribbean - South meeting at the end of
October. I shared materials and spoke at length about the benefits
of joining the SCBWI. There was much interest and enthusiasm and
almost everyone signed our mailing list for updates on events and
Our November session will dedicate time to meeting you the
participants - non-members included- and to hearing about your work,
dreams and goals in the field of children's literature.
SCBWI member Karen Waldron has promised to facilitate a
mini-workshop Q&A style about copyrights and intellectual
Please join me, your Regional Advisor, at 10 am in the Media Room
at NALIS on the last Saturday of each month, continuing Novemeber
Meetings are OPEN TO NON-MEMBERS. ALL writers and Illustrators,
both aspiring and published are welcome.
Membership forms and SCBWI information will be available.
Please share with like hearted others!
Joanne Gail Johnson
DEBATING THE DARK
I have been asked by so many people "WHY A HARRY
POTTER series?" and "Don't you think it promotes
witchcraft and evil?" etc.
Here is my response... (read more)
SCBWI November Meeting
Everyone's a V.I.P.
Karen Waldron speaks about Intellectual
Youth and seniority gather at SCBWI Caribbean