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Friday 18 August 2017, 15:46 pm.
Fri 18 Aug 2017, 15:40 pm
Spring is here and it’s time to spruce things up with a few new markets for our writing. This time there are markets for your unpublished book manuscripts, horror short ...
Fri 11 Aug 2017, 15:32 pm
I think that I’ve finally learned my lesson—writers cannot be organised. It’s much easier to herd cats than to get writers to a certain place, at a certain time, for a ce...
Fri 04 Aug 2017, 14:55 pm
I am continuing with the discussion on the establishment of an Arts Council in Botswana. What can Arts Councils around the world teach us? Nearby we have the National Art...
Fri 28 Jul 2017, 15:37 pm
We hear a lot of talk about how the arts can ‘diversify’ our economy. In most cases when I hear someone say that it makes me sad. Yes, artists should be able to live fr...
Fri 21 Jul 2017, 15:22 pm
Some years ago when the President’s Day Competitions were just starting out I sat in a meeting with a variety of artists from various fields to discuss some policy on the...
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 17:06 pm
Most people in Botswana know Jenny Robson as an exceptional music teacher. She has been teaching music to children in Botswana for 40 years, first in Orapa and now in Mau...
Fri 07 Jul 2017, 17:46 pm
Angie Thato Chuma is a singer, poet, songwriter, short story writer and sister to poet, Andreattah Chuma.
Fri 30 Jun 2017, 18:57 pm
Last week I wrote about the fact that some important things had changed in the writing world.
Fri 23 Jun 2017, 14:43 pm
Years ago, before internet, if you wanted to submit a story or a poem to a literary magazine or to a writing contest, you needed to print it out, put it an envelope and s...
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...
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