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Joanne Johnson is a proud member of:
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators

Are you serious about a career in writing or illustrating children's books? SCBWI has helped me in many ways. Our membership package is an invaluable tool for aspiring and professional writers and artists. It includes indispensable 'how to' articles and a directory of publishers in the field.

One of the best things about SCBWI membership is the networking opportunity it presents. I have made fruitful contacts the world over. Now that's technology well used! As creative people we need community not competition.

I sincerely recommend SCBWI to you as a great next step towards moving your career forward or becoming a professional in the field of children's literature. I recently volunteered to spearhead a new Caribbean chapter. (Click here to learn more about Joanne.)

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.

JOIN NOW via www.scbwi.org. Then contact me directly : joanne@caribbeanchildren.com. Let me know where you are, and how SCBWI Caribbean - South can serve you!
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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 Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Turks & Caicos, U.S. British Virgin Islands- contact Rosemarie Johnson Clarke at rosemariejc@coralwave.com

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 College.

NOVEMBER 2005 - Second monthly meeting

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.

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 these people?!"

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/ editors/ proofreaders.

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
E-mail: mahab@tstt.net.tt, dmahabir@gmail.com 

This inspires me to move forward an SCBWI meeting in the works which will highlight local and regional publishers. A definite for 2006!

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!


Macmillan Caribbean

Attention: All Writers!

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.


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 forward to:
Joanne Johnson - sarena@tstt.net.tt 
snail mail:
Joanne Johnson
#6 Mace Place; Haleland Park;
Maraval; Trinidad; W.I.

RESPONSE TIME 6-12 weeks.

The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators - Caribbean South chapter


Illustrators, photographers and designers, authors
..... MEET BOB SWAN - Art Director Macmillan Caribbean, Macmillan Ltd., U.K.

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  Q&A session.

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 before hand.

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.

Joanne Johnson
Tel: 762-6225 /629-6582
email: joanne@caribbeanchildren.com

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 artists

Nov 17th,2005

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 meetings.

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 properties.

Please join me, your Regional Advisor, at 10 am in the Media Room at NALIS on the last Saturday of each month, continuing Novemeber 26th....

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


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)

Photos from SCBWI November Meeting

Everyone's a V.I.P.

Karen Waldron speaks about Intellectual Property

Youth and seniority gather at SCBWI Caribbean South



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