PROFILE SUMMARY :
Engaging, enthusiastic and practical with superb ability to stimulate the power of creative solutions. Dedra’s brand of instruction demands that student learn by doing, thereby sparking a sense of self confidence. She has proven expertise in the design, development and delivery of targeted and robust training content across a range of topics. Continuously strive for quality and excellence through driving performance, change, satisfaction and growth. Identify needs and requirements to meet and exceed expectations as well as provide targeted solutions and plans. Provide clear direction through empowering others to help embrace new concepts, accept change, achieve goals and improve skills.
Language: English (Native)
AREAS OF TRAINING :
- Corporate Writing
- English for Global Business
- Creative Writing
- Public Speaking
- Journalistic writing
- Media Kits
- Writing for Film and Other Broadcast
- Screenplay writing
- Podcast production
- Social Media Writing
- CV Writing
- Compelling Communication and Thinking Outside the Box
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AND KEY CLIENTS:
Dedra L. Stevenson is the author of The Hakima’s Tale trilogy, Desert Magnolia, The Skinwalker: Resurrection,Antar and Haider, and Tales of the Lantern. Additionally, she’s the Executive Producer of an award winning short documentary, Lemonade, about the trials of caring for an adult with Autism in the UAE.
She’s worked as an Instructor of Media Studies at Zayed University for 5 years, and was the Co-Founder of Women in Film and Television in UAE. Her publishing imprint, Blue Jinni Media, is an emerging brand for many types of content, including Audio Books, EBooks, Paperback, Podcast and Films. Together with her partner, Rodney W. Harper, she’s producing Lore Hunters, a podcast exploring world folklore tales and experiences.
Her film, Lemonade, is receiving international attention, has won two awards for Directing and Producing, and had sparked many other Autism awareness campaigns and care programs to begin. She’s the mother of 4 children, holds writing workshops at schools throughout the UAE, and reports that she’s yet to produce a feature film, so that’s on her list as she’s now written a feature length screenplay based on her first horror novel, The Skinwalker: Resurrection, and has produced a new feature documentary, Just a Girl, to be released early 2019.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CREDENTIALS :
- B.A. Political Science and English, University of Alabama, USA, 1987
- M.L.S. Library Science, University of Alabama, USA, 1989
- M.A. Communication, Drury University, USA, 2001
AWARDED CERTIFICATES :
Best Executive Producer, Lemonade, Irish Film Festival, 2016
Finalist, Best Screenplay, Twin Falls Film Festival, USA, 2018.