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Where did Senseisha originate?
Ev-O!-lution and getWrite! hooked up and gave birth to Senseisha. We got tired of reading other people’s stories and wondered where the positive Caribbean tales of love, intimacy and sex were, specifically those from our Caribbean sisters. We believe that true stories inspire and empower and, recognizing the silence around sensuality and sexuality, we decided to provide this medium for women to share their stories so that others may be touched by their experiences.
What’s in the name?
What can we say. We could not find any positive words related to female sexuality in the Caribbean lexicon so we created one – Senseisha – with the help of our resident “essuentualist” (male). Isn’t it tantalizing?
Sen-sei-sha [sen- say-shuh] n.
1. a sensual Empress
2. a woman of wisdom
3. a woman in control of her sensuality
Origin: 2013, island of Barbados, <Latin equivalent to sēnsu, stem of sēnsus>
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What is creative nonfiction? It involves writing about personal experience, real people, or events. It is writing about fact, rather than fiction. The writer can write about anything, such as a personal experience, current events, or issues in the public eye. The writer can also inject personal thoughts, feelings, or opinions into the writing. Often, the writer uses the first person “I.” Popular types of creative nonfiction include the personal essay, memoir, autobiography, literary journalistic essay, travel writing, and food writing. Creative nonfiction is also known as “Literary Journalism.”
This article identifies the techniques of creative nonfiction, defines the various types of creative nonfiction, provides some guidelines, and lists several popular books and several resources to help the aspiring writing learn the art and craft of writing creative nonfiction.
The creative nonfiction writer produces a personal essay, memoir, travel piece, and so forth, with a…
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“Shared Worlds, a non-profit science fiction/fantasy teen writing summer camp hosted by Wofford College, has received a third consecutive supporting grant from Amazon.com and has named author Karen Lord as its Amazon.com Writer in Residence for 2013… “Each year, we like to turn the spotlight on one of our guest writers, someone whose work is unique and inspirational for our students,” says Jeremy L.C. Jones, Shared Worlds founder and director of the program.
Lord is a writer and research consultant in Barbados. Her debut novel “Redemption in Indigo” won the 2008 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2010 Carl Brandon Parallax Award, the 2011 William L. Crawford Award and the 2011 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. It also was long-listed for the 2011 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and shortlisted in the Best Debut Novel category of the Kitschies Awards. Her latest novel, “The Best of All Possible Worlds,” won the 2009 Frank Collymore Literary Award.”
I attended a workshop on Writing Creative Non-Fiction on Wednesday, March 20th, conducted by Andrea Stuart, and organised by the NCF Literary Arts Desk. I jumped at the opportunity to attend, not only because it was a free workshop by a respected author, but because I am one of the Editors of an upcoming anthology of sensual memoirs by Caribbean women. I hope you know of Senseisha by now. Submissions have been trickling in, and it’s already shaping up to be one controversial read!
Oh so many genres, so little time…
I have always LOVED True Crime. My good friends used to buy me True Crime and Serial Killer biographies as birthday and Christmas gifts. They knew they couldn’t go wrong with those – True Crime books or earrings. I always joke that if the Criminal Minds team had to inspect my bedroom (Shamar, you are welcome anytime!), they would look at my bookshelf and diagnose me a serial killer. What does your bookshelf say about you?
I even tried my hand at investigating unsolved murders here in Barbados, and had some articles published in local newspapers about the Canefield Murders (a killer who dumped his female victims in canefields), and the Pele case (the controversial murder of a local football star). Why did I stop? I hope in a couple years I’ll be able to tell you…
So…Back to Andrea Stuart – author of the books Showgirls, which was adapted into a two-part documentary for the Discovery Channel, and The Rose of Martinique: A Biography of Napoleon’s Josephine. Her third and current book Sugar in the Blood: One Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire was published in England (2012) by Portobello Books and was published in the US by Knopf in January (2013).
I.e she knows her stuff. Below I’ve noted some key facts and tips that she shared with the workshop attendees about writing creative non-fiction. Those persons who wish to submit to Senseisha should pay special attention. Continue reading