Literary, short stories, novels, creative non-fiction, graphic novels, memoir
I am the author of nine books, including the award-winning novel And Sometimes They Fly, the graphic novel Great Moves, and the memoir Sand for Snow: A Canadian-Caribbean Chronicle, shortlisted for the Frank Collymore Literary Award. My most recent story collection is Fairfield: The Last Sad Stories of G. Brandon Sisnett.
I am the editor, with the poet and essayist Linda M. Deane, of the groundbreaking Shouts from the Outfield: The ArtsEtc Cricket Anthology and Green Readings: Barbados, The First Five Years (2008-2012). A three-time recipient of Barbados’ Governor General’s Award for my fiction and winner of the Harold Hoyte Award for my editing, I have worked as a journalist, publisher, video producer with Warm Water Productions, Creative Writing teacher at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, and Research Methods teacher at Barbados Community College.
Mentoring, content editing, structural editing, copy-editing, proofreading, manuscript evaluation & critiquing
A goal in mentoring or editing should be to clarify a writer’s intentions and ambitions: readying a manuscript for a contest is not necessarily the same as filling out a grant application or submitting to agents/editors/publishers.
The challenge in the process is to know when to be patient, when to be less so; how to be diplomatic in commentary even when the commentary is harsh; but always to tell it like it is and like it ain’t. Have you served the story? is one of the questions I often ask clients, whether they’re aspiring, emerging or have, presumably, already made it.
“In 2019, when I decided to enter the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Competition, I reached out to Robert for his help. I asked for his feedback on improving the collection of stories I planned to submit. Robert acted as an editor/mentor and gave me incredible advice on everything from the title of the manuscript to the order, or flow, of the stories in the collection.
“Despite me asking him on short notice (it was less than a month away from the closing date) and even though he was set to travel to Canada, Robert willingly gave me his time and effort. His careful reading of the manuscript and feedback on how to give it shape strengthened the work significantly.
“My manuscript Hollow Calabash won the Frank Collymore Literary Award. The judges said it had ‘compelling and vivid characters,’ ‘novel storytelling angles,’ and was ‘easy to read.’ One judge said ‘unputdownable.’ Robert contributed greatly to this and I cannot recommend him highly enough to writers—whether you are emerging, mid-career or established. In a word, Robert is ‘masterful’ at what he does.” (Sharma Taylor, Lawyer)
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