The L’Ouverture Storytellers Project: About the Founder

Margaret Brito PhD, Founder, The L’Ouverture Storytellers Project

I’m Maggie, Founder of the L’Ouverture Arts Facilitator Inc. and Creatrix of The L’Ouverture Storytellers Project, a Barbadian publishing house. I specialize in empowering storytellers of all genres to unleash their brilliance. I’m a creative thinker, a professional writer and storyteller, a self-taught filmmaker and an entrepreneur in the arts. I’m a teacher who has created a space where storytellers can diligently learn and hone their craft. I earned my Doctorate in English and Culture Studies from the University of the West Indies. My knowledge of literature spans many literary canons. As an entrepreneur, I conceptualized, marketed and delivered a creative writing workshop which produced an award winning author.

I named my company L’Ouverture after one of the most charismatic leaders of the Haitian Revolution of 1791 – Pierre Dominique Toussaint L’Ouverture. The word L’Ouverture roughly translates as “the opening” or “he who opens.” I called my business L’Ouverture because I want to open my clients to possibilities. I want them to be open to the possibilities which inhere in writing, in producing a great book and becoming a knowledge leader. I want them to be open to their brilliance.

L’Ouverture is my passion, and, as you know, passion is not only about intensity, it’s also about pain, like the pain of the Haitian slaves who gave their lives for freedom – a pain which reverberates through the lives of Haitians to this day – like the pain endured by writers and artists standing firm for liberty and freedom everywhere.

My purpose is to empower storytellers to be storytellers in our disruptive digital economy. To be a storyteller in this economy is to be able to craft a story or narrative and transform it into a unique product by which we can enhance people’s lives, make a good living, and ultimately, build wealth. When our own authentic work enables us to meet our basic needs, we can work without fear and with great effect. We’re able to enrich the lives of the people in our world, and maybe even change the world. I hope that as you explore our site, you’ll discover many things of interest and value to you.

 

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