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Writivism Announces 2015 Programme, Including Workshops, Short Story Competition and New Anthology

Writivism has announced its programme of events for 2015.

First on the agenda is the Writivism creative writing workshops, which begin today in Gaborone, Botswana (2-4 January), Lagos, Nigeria (16-18 January), Johannesburg (23-25 January), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (23-25 January) and Kampala, Uganda (28-31 January).

Lauri Kubuitsile and Donald Molosi will facilitate the workshops in Gaborone; Dami Ajayi, Ukamaka Olisakwe and Richard Ali in Lagos; Zukiswa Wanner and Anne Ayeta Wangusa in Dar es Salaam; Yewande Omotoso and Saleeha Bamjee in Johannesburg; and Dilman Dila and Nyana Kakoma in Kampala.

11 emerging writers were selected to attend the Johannesburg workshop. See the full list here.

Selected writers from the workshops will then be assigned writing mentors, from a list including Karen Jennings, Lauri Kubutsile, Meg Vandermerwe, Donald Molosi, Sumayya Lee, Tope Folarin, Okwiri Oduor, Tuelo Gabonewe and Yewande Omotoso.

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Writivism has also announced a partnership with Jalada, a pan-African writers’ collective, which will involve the publication of an annual anthology, comprising the best of the flash fiction from the programme, and a few short stories from the 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize longlist.

Submissions for the Short Story Prize will be accepted from 1 February. This year’s panel of judges is Chika Unigwe (chair), Mukoma wa Ngugi, Ainehi Edoro, Tendai Huchu and Rachel Zadok. The winnerwill be announced at the Writivism Festival in Kampala in June 2015.

The 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize was won by Johannesburger Saaleha Idrees Bamjee, for her story “Out of the Blue”.

Press release:

Writivism to Engage Readers and Writers Across Generations in 2015

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