Iron Balloons: Hit Fiction from Jamaicas Calabash Writers Workshop

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Hit Fiction from Jamaica's Calabash Writer's Workshop

It can be done individually, with just a person and his pen, or it can be guided by a mental health professional. It can be practiced in a group, with group discussions focusing on writing. It can even be added as a supplement to another form of therapy. Great literature from such poets and storytellers makes it tempting to believe that powerful healing and personal growth are but a few moments of scribbling away. Writing therapy differs from simply keeping a journal or diary in three major ways: While the process of writing therapy differs from simple journaling in these three main ways, there is also another big difference between the two practices in terms of outcomes.

Keeping a journal can be extremely helpful for the user, whether it helps them improve their memory, record important bits and pieces of their day, or just helps them relax at the end of a long day. These are certainly not trivial benefits, but the potential benefits of writing therapy reach further and deeper than simply writing in a diary.

In individuals who have experienced a traumatic or extremely stressful event, expressive writing can have a significant healing effect.

Another study tested the same writing exercise on over asthma and rheumatoid arthritis patients, with similar results. A recent study suggested that expressive writing may even improve immune system functioning, although it may need to be sustained for the health benefits to continue Murray, A sampler of Jamaican YA novels published between and From the land of speed, pulsating rhythms, memorable personalities and contrasting lifestyles it is not unexpected that Young Adult YA books by Jamaicans would be stretched beyond ordinary categories such as Romance, Urban, Mystery, and Historical.

In the writing, are faith, hopes and dreams that are challenged by the pace of social progress. The words are fun, funny, heart wrenching, bleak, annoying, heroic, hopeful and altogether another riveting way to appreciate this nation of showstoppers and cultural innovators. Her work has spanned multiple genres including poetry, fiction, and playwriting. All Over Again is an exuberantly hilarious novel. It is a charming, enchanting slice of boyhood with a bold narrative style.


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This episodic novel, masterfully creates the wonderfully turbulent world of a young boy as he moves from childhood to puberty and battles the incessant needs of his little sister, the demands of his father, the high school bully and the local know-it-all Kenny. Gwyneth Harold Davidson.

Gwyneth Harold is a Jamaican novelist and short story writer, and is an experienced public relations practitioner. She currently specializes in YA realistic literature. Carol Dunn. Carol Dunn is a Jamaican novelist, educator and public education specialist. Mountain of Inheritance is a saga about two families in rural Jamaica and the deep complexities that underlie a seemingly idyllic setting.

It looks frankly, but sympathetically at passion and sexuality, loss and love. The book was reviewed by the Sunday Gleaner. Melanie Schwapp. She lives in Kingston, Jamaica with her husband and three children. She considers writing her second nature, the act of joining words together bringing her the greatest sense of peace and fulfillment. Dew Angels. Skip to content Free download.

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The sustaining power of identity is strong throughout the poems:. And there is a moving tribute to Calabash itself:. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.

You're funny! He's a cool brother and so personable. Colin describe writing as something that he had to do, but that he doesn't always enjoy the process. It's a lot of fun! I really love taking pictures. It forces you to look at life in a different way. Stephen thanks for sharing with us this book signing event, I've only attended one book signing about four years ago where I've met a group of writers, it was very informative and they inspired me to keep on writing.

I'm glad you had a good time and the pics are great. I, like a lot of your readers have learnt and heard about a lot of things through your blog that I wouldn't have otherwise. Thanks Do you know anything more about this workshop As a fan of Channer's writing and as an aspiring Caribbean writer myself, I would be very interested to find out.

Thanks for your great work. He's one of the writers in the workshop. He could give you information. Colin Channer is one of my favorite authors and I am always amazed that people are just meeting him!! The absolute best of his work, in my humble opinion, is his debut novel, Waiting In Vain.

I read it twice in the same month, the third time within six months!!

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No easy feat since it is quite lenghty and filled with the rythyms I can never spell that word : of his Jamaican heritage. It is rich with descriptive montages that only Colin can create and asks many of the great questions of modern life without answering any of them. Too sweet! Anonymous, I know that I am entering this discussion some 8 months late, but, life happens. Conner is very accessible and you may be able to reach him at: channer inch.

Hello Ms. Sandi Matthews! It's never too late. I still haven't had a chance to read Colin's books. I've read his short story in Iron Ballons and if it is any indication of how good he is then I'm in for a treat.

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