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Fri 16 Jun 2017, 18:17 pm
Creative non-fiction is a growing genre in non-fiction writing. It is basically writing non-fiction, but using literary tools and conventions, things such as setting, ch...
Fri 09 Jun 2017, 16:52 pm
Listen to how people talk. They spend a lot of time greeting each other before getting to the point. They might interrupt and talk over each other. They often don’t liste...
Fri 02 Jun 2017, 16:25 pm
Ellen Banda-Aaku is an award-winning Zambian writer. Her first book, Wandi’s Little Voice won the 2004 Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa (UK). Her first novel, Patchwor...
Fri 26 May 2017, 15:47 pm
Short Story Day Africa (SSDA) is opening for submissions on June 1, 2017 for this year’s competition. They’ll be accepting submissions until July 31.
Fri 19 May 2017, 12:27 pm
For some reason the fight for freedom in South Africa has overshadowed many similar movements in Southern Africa, especially Namibia. In some ways the fight for freedom f...
Fri 12 May 2017, 11:55 am
I am not sure if writer’s block exists or not. In my experience, I do have instances where I cannot seem to write, but with a little mental interrogation I can usually un...
Fri 05 May 2017, 14:32 pm
When I was in Windhoek at the Goete-Institut, I was asked a lot about writing historical fiction, about my method and why I do certain things and not others.
Fri 28 Apr 2017, 14:21 pm
So actor and writer Donald Molosi wrote an essay on his Facebook page a couple months ago called Dear Upright African which he later performed at the TEDx talks at the en...
Fri 21 Apr 2017, 17:33 pm
From April 17-21 I will be away to Windhoek, Namibia to be part of events sponsored by the Goethe-Institut (I’m writing this before I leave). According to their website: ...
Fri 07 Apr 2017, 18:29 pm
Ghost writing is when someone writes something but the credit for the writing goes to someone else. Many, if not most, of the books you see written by celebrities are in ...
Fri 31 Mar 2017, 16:17 pm
I have a friend. He is a writer and takes his writing fairly seriously. He sends out work occasionally. Has a few published books with reputable publishers.
Fri 24 Mar 2017, 15:36 pm
Some years ago I was the vice-chairperson for the Writers’ Association of Botswana (WABO). It’s an important organisation that unfortunately has its limitations.
Fri 17 Mar 2017, 16:20 pm
Getting an idea for a story from your head is a complicated and important process and writers have their own unique ways of doing it. For most that way is the only way. ...
Fri 10 Mar 2017, 15:47 pm
The arts collective in Maun, Poetavango, in conjunction with the American Embassy, are in the middle of an ambitious storytelling project around the country.
Fri 03 Mar 2017, 15:53 pm
March is starting so I thought it might be good to begin the month by searching around for some writing markets. I have a list this month of a few fiction markets, articl...
Fri 24 Feb 2017, 16:57 pm
This is one of the fears of many new writers. They can’t send out their short story or manuscript for a novel because they are positive the publisher or agent is going to...
Fri 17 Feb 2017, 11:28 am
Quitting your job and becoming a freelance writer is freedom personified. No boss. No early morning traffic.
Fri 10 Feb 2017, 11:34 am
Yewande Omotoso was born in Barbados, grew up in Nigeria, and has lived in South Africa since 1992. Her first novel, Bom Boy (Modjaji Books), which came out of her MFA in...
Fri 03 Feb 2017, 17:06 pm
Before I was a writer I was a teacher and before I was a teacher I was a student who was inspired by a long queue of teachers. I feel offended, personally offended, when ...
Fri 27 Jan 2017, 16:06 pm
Every January I get a barrage of messages and emails and, unfortunately, the odd call from people deciding that the new year will be the year that they become a published...
Fri 20 Jan 2017, 14:33 pm
Occasionally I write poetry, but I’m not well schooled in the form. I like to read poetry slowly, perhaps a poem before sleeping or when I wake in the morning so I can th...
Fri 13 Jan 2017, 16:15 pm
The United States (US) has become a more isolated, insulated and hateful place following the devastating election of Donald Trump as president.
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Fela Kuti is undoubtedly one of Africa’s best musicians ever. Fela This Bitch of a Life: The Authorized Biography of Africa’s Musical Genius by Carlos Moore re-published ...
Fri 18 Nov 2016, 14:44 pm
Usually if you are published by a traditional publisher, they will organise the launch of your book for you. You will just need to show up and prepare to be fabulous. Som...
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