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Fri 18 May 2018, 15:41 pm
I think all of us can accept that the publishing industry in our country is weak, and at the moment, with few to no school books being bought —it’s nearly dead. We l...
Fri 11 May 2018, 14:59 pm
Although I've written about many of these terms and issues in other columns, I keep meeting people who don’t seem to understand exactly what the difference is between s...
Fri 27 Apr 2018, 13:39 pm
There's some advice always given to new writers, things such as "show don’t tell", "use strong verbs and no adverbs", and "write what you know".
Fri 20 Apr 2018, 13:30 pm
This is an exciting year for authors in Botswana. We have two literary events to look forward to. The first will be a celebration of World Book Day this next Monday (Apri...
Fri 13 Apr 2018, 13:03 pm
A few weeks ago I was on Facebook and I noticed a company had put an advert up on the Facebook page called Maun Bulletin Board. The person said that they had lots of ebo...
Fri 06 Apr 2018, 14:04 pm
Many new writers are fearful of submitting their work to publishers. You’d expect that it’s the fear of rejection that they’re shying away from, but surprisingly, i...
Thu 29 Mar 2018, 14:57 pm
I think it's time to increase your submission base and add a few markets to the ones that you’re already submitting too. Again, remember to read all submission guidelin...
Fri 23 Mar 2018, 22:53 pm
Sometimes I think we forget the power of the words we use. A single word can change how we react and respond to a person.
Fri 16 Mar 2018, 12:15 pm
I was in the car listening to a person from the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development talking about the President’s Day Awards and how they are g...
Fri 09 Mar 2018, 22:33 pm
In 2011 teachers Dorothy Dyer and Ros Haden along with their friends Palesa Morudu and Mignon Hardie decided to establish Cover2Cover Books after Dorothy, who was teachin...
Fri 02 Mar 2018, 15:59 pm
There are people who prescribe that a writer should write every day; Im not one of those people. Others think a writer should wait for the muse to arrive and let her dic...
Mon 26 Feb 2018, 12:33 pm
Dawn Garisch is a South African writer, poet and memoirist who has six published novels, a poetry collection, a memoir and a nonfiction book.
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 16:04 pm
Like most writers I know, dodging work is a big part of my day. I walk the dogs. I work in the garden. I play on Facebook, I stalk folks on Twittermostly Mark Ruffalo a...
Fri 02 Feb 2018, 18:59 pm
There are writing residencies all around the world open to writers from Botswana. Residencies serve many purposes.
Fri 26 Jan 2018, 18:55 pm
Some of the things people say to me about writing shock me. Its not like in the past where getting information required someone going to the library and digging through ...
Fri 19 Jan 2018, 17:45 pm
One of the books I read over the holiday was When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro.
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 17:42 pm
Its a new year and its time to get back up on the writing horse. Its time to set yourself realistic, practical writing goals, and to start finding new paying markets, ...
Fri 22 Dec 2017, 13:24 pm
People are often shocked by how much work I can get done. I accept that I come from a working class background, which drilled into my head from birth that my worth is mea...
Fri 01 Dec 2017, 16:52 pm
The government when discussing the arts lately likes to speak about how the arts are a worthy occupation and yet another way to diversify our economy. I agree. Unfortunat...
Fri 24 Nov 2017, 16:49 pm
Henrietta Rose-Innes is a South African writer. She won the 2008 Caine Prize with her short story Poison after being shortlisted in 2007 with her story Bad Places.
Fri 17 Nov 2017, 18:35 pm
Excuse the late notice on this but if you are in Maun today and are interested in writing and publishing get yourself to the Adansonia Hotel.
Fri 10 Nov 2017, 17:48 pm
Rejection sucks.
Fri 03 Nov 2017, 11:18 am
The year is quickly coming to an end so I think its time to find a few markets to send your writing to before the holidays arrive and everyone goes on leave. End the ye...
Fri 27 Oct 2017, 13:09 pm
Shortly after my novel The Scattering was published, a political magazine in India asked if I would write a nonfiction article on the genocide of the Baherero in Namibia.
Fri 20 Oct 2017, 14:39 pm
Intuitively Ive always known that reading fiction is good for a person. Studies published in 2006 and 2009 have shown reading fiction makes a person more empathetic.
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