Welcome to the Whimsical Project

Welcome to The Whimsical Project, the art and literary blog of internationally-recognized writer, editor, educator, translator, and entrepreneur, Michèle-Jessica (M.J.) Fièvre. The Whimsical project is a bit fanciful, a whole lot of fun, and filled with diverse, entertaining, informative and thought-provoking content. Consider this an invitation to make yourself at home and explore my corner of the literary blogosphere. My goal is not only to share information about my own writing and professional services, but to support the writers (and artists) who inspire me with their brilliance, whether it’s women writers of Haitian descent, or the many talented writers in South Florida and in the Caribbean writing community. But…

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Professional Services: Writing & Translation

“I’ve been an active member of South Florida’s writing community for 20+ years – as a writer, editor, and publisher. As a creative writing coach, I can guide you to a richer writing life. I’m committed to good writing. I speak of radical commitment: fierce, stark, and relentless.” M.J. Fievre, author of A SKY THE COLOR OF CHAOS TESTIMONIALS “Dear M.J., I wanted to let you know that I submitted my story to Tin House Summer Workshop (I got in!) and to the University of Edinburgh 1-Year MSc Creative Writing Program (I’ll be attending this Fall!). So I really wanted to thank you for helping me steer that story in the right…

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YOU NEED A GHOSTWRITER

My phone rings. It’s a man in need of a ghostwriter to unlock a tragic story that’s been troubling him for years, because it’s gone untold. I get these calls often.  This man previously hired another writer to help him with the project, “But the text is sloppy,” he explains to me. His wife is on the line too. She corrects him: “It’s grammatically sound but has no soul.” “We need a professional.” That would be me. Whether it’s a bored Manhattanite with a sordid tale of seduction who can’t find the words to bring her novel to the page, a professional looking to hire a writer to…

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YOU NEED AN EDITOR

Sharpen Your Writing: You Need an Editor David had an idea for his business, but was having trouble with the copy on his webpage. If only he could get the wording right, he’d make millions, he said. His ideas were fantastic, but his writing was rough. Clients weren’t calling, and how can one be an entrepreneur without client calls? He needed an editor who could help bring in the client calls quick. He called me. David was right. He could make millions with his brilliant ideas, but his writing was full of grammatical errors and run-on sentences. He needed an editor. Every writer needs an editor, and every…

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YOU NEED A LITERARY TRANSLATOR

Anna handed me a package, postmarked Guatemala. “I need you to bring my grandmother back,” she said. Inside, I found a stack of handwritten poems in elegant cursive. Anna explained that her grandmother had written the poems years ago; they had been left to Anna when she passed away recently. The problem was that the poems were all in Spanish, and Anna had no grasp of the language. She’d only visited her grandmother a few times as a child.  All her life, there had been a language barrier between them, and now, in her grief, Anna wanted an opportunity to crash past that barrier and reach an understanding…

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YOU NEED A WRITING COACH

Remain Focused: You Need a Writing Coach For years, Zelda stored secrets in the cupboards of her home: a memoir, a novel, and scads of short stories and poems. But she had children to support, and writing is a risky venture, so she kept them locked away. As far back as she could remember, she’d been filling notebooks on the sly. Her kids were older now, and there was more time to devote to the one thing she’d held off on, pursuing her dream of publication. She went to a community writing class. The words started coming faster. She sent a novel manuscript off to a small press,…

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YOU NEED AN INSTRUCTOR

Amelie was getting ready for her court translation certificate exam. She’d been studying Haitian Creole for years, and was nearly ready to begin work in the Miami-Dade County court system, but she needed an instructor who was familiar with the exam that would finalize her career goals and land her the job of her dreams. I’m the teacher she needed. As a certified court translator, I had the background and experience Amelie needed to help her study for her exam. I teach students how to read, write, and understand French and Haitian Creole. I provide instruction in literature and cross-cultural studies, and can work individually or in small…

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Haiti: A Feast of Women’s Voices

Despite the many limitations and expectations placed on women by Haitian society, women writers are finding their voices, inspiring others, and changing the way the world thinks about the motherland. Through poetry and prose, these authors have broken free of cultural limitations and the (un)conscious biases that sometimes keep women from the transgressive act of writing honestly about their lived and inherited experiences. They explore various post-colonial themes, with topics ranging from family turmoil and personal struggles, to political and social warfare. Do you like The Whimsical Project? Support us! Danielle Legros-Georges, poet Women Writers of Haitian Descent Across the Web From familiar publications like the New Yorker to lesser-known online outlets like My Brown…

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A Sky the Color of Chaos: A Memoir

M.J. is the author of A Sky the Color of Chaos. (Order an autographed copy here!) A Sky the Color of Chaos chronicles M.J.’s childhood during the turbulent rise and fall of Haiti’s President-Priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide – a time of nightly shootings, home invasions, robberies, and the burning of former regime members in neighborhood streets. During the late 1980s and 90s, from when M.J. was eight-years-old to eighteen, Haiti’s government changed forms eight times; the Haitian people endured fraudulent elections, three military coups, a crippling embargo, and a United Nations occupation. In A Sky the Color of Chaos the social and political upheaval merely serve as the background for…

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Whimsicalit: An Unfolding Magazine

Unfolding, because we highlight one writer at a time. Consider this a conduit for disruption, a space for discussion, reflection. We seek quality writing (and art) filled with surprise, mystery, and structural and emotional complexity. Our mission is to publish new talent, and to highlight established writers from the unique regions of South Florida, the Caribbean, and from the nebulous zone of the Caribbean diaspora. Whimsical? Yes. We’re eclectic too. In addition to the standard genre content you find in other literary journals, such as poems, interviews, short stories, personal essays, articles or one-act plays, occasionally, we feature profiles of interesting earthlings, because if we think someone is great, we…
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ReadCaribbean Program

ReadCaribbean is an extensive series of readings and panel discussions, highlighting the vibrant and diverse literary culture of the Caribbean. It is a Miami Book Fair Year-Round program created with the support of the Green Family Foundation and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center. Part of the ReadCaribbean year-round series, Caribbean: Illuminate! is an unflinching, provocative, sometimes uncomfortable, but definitely inspiring round table that focuses on Caribbean literature and history. Caribbean authors discuss their work, along with their lived and inherited experiences, in order to illuminate reality and take the audience on a journey through the many chapters of modern Caribbean life/history. Click here for a…

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Miami Book Fair : Read Caribbean Schedule

Miami has emerged as the unofficial crossroads of the Caribbean, which is why the Fair has always included the most prominent writers from the region. ReadCaribbean is a program featuring extensive Caribbean-specific events, including readings and panel discussions, children’s writers to inspire young readers, book signings, storytelling and music, plus publishers at the Street Fair. When appropriate, author events will take place in Creole (with simultaneous translation into English). Don’t miss our 2017 ReadCaribbean events at the Miami Book Fair! ReadCaribbean programs created in partnership with Sosyete Koukouy, Ayiti Images, Consulat Général de France à Miami, Bocas Literary Festival, and ReadJamaica, with the support of the Green Family Foundation. /…

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Little Haiti Book Festival

Every year, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Book Fair (MBF), in partnership with Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, presents the 2018 Little Haiti Book Festival at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 5919 NE 2nd Ave.  The book festival—which features vibrant cultural exposure to writers, booksellers, performers, and more—is part of Miami Book Fair’s ReadCaribbean programming.  The Little Haiti Book Festival, which has been presented in part by Sosyete Koukouy of Miami for the past five years, is made possible by the generosity of the Green Family Foundation and the FIU Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center. At the Little Haiti Book Festival, established and emerging talents areinvited to…

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Announcing the Caribbean Series

In collaboration with Books and Books, The Miami Book Fair Year-Round, Orange Island Foundation, Reading Queer, The Little Haiti Cultural Center, and Undergrounds Coffeehaus, The Whimsical Project is proud to announce the 2016 Caribbean Series. During the 2016 Caribbean Series, readers in South Florida (with one event in Los Angeles, California) will enjoy up-close-and-personal discussions and book signings with authors with ties to the Caribbean and/or whose work highlight island culture and interests. (Please visit this page from time to time as more events will be added.) Are you a writer of Caribbean descent? IC FALL 2016 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Interviewing the Caribbean (IC)—seeks poems, stories, creative non-fiction, interviews…

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