Vela Onke Mazibuko (South Africa) Vela Onke Mazibuko works in the fields of wellness and community development. His background is in psychology and public health, and he uses the principles of mindfulness to guide his personal and professional lives. Creativity and self-expression are central in his life. For Onke, writing is not only a way … Continue reading Writing the Novel II: Meet the Participants
By Doreen Anyango London surprised me. The weather forecasts had predicted hot weather, but I carried my jacket and scarf just in case their hot wasn’t like our hot. I needn’t have bothered. It was proper sun, blazing down on us like someone had pissed it off. It was just like home. My Mawazo co-traveler … Continue reading Africa Writes 2018: I Couldn’t Get Enough
By Madhlozi Moyo The highlight of my experience at this year’s Africa Writes Festival was meeting some established African authors, as well as new authors from Africa and the Diaspora. The event, held at the British Library in London from 29th June to 1st July, had a broad menu that included in-depth engagement on the … Continue reading Africa Writes 2018 was Lit!
My writer’s muscles were strengthened. Today, I know my characters better, I am more aware of the world I am creating in my novel and how this world may affect the larger world around me
Mawazo Africa Writing Institute this month announced a call for submissions for its second writing workshop: Writing the Novel, led by award-winning author Yewande Omotoso. The aim of the workshop is to provide advanced training and support to African writers who want to complete full-length novel manuscripts (normally of 80,000 words minimum). The workshop will … Continue reading Second Writing the Novel workshop with Yewande Omotoso
We at Mawazo are excited to be launching our second online novel-writing workshop, having just finished the first one. It has been an invigorating four months as our six budding writers engaged with Jennifer Makumbi, who brought such vibrancy to each session; it did not feel like they were tens of thousands of miles away … Continue reading Mawazo announces second Writing the Novel workshop
We at Mawazo are extremely excited by and proud of the huge award our current workshop instructor, Jennifer Makumbi, won last week. The $165,000 Windham-Campbell prize was set up to "provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns". [Read Makumbi's interview with the BBC] Writing fiction can be a … Continue reading Tutor Jennifer Makumbi wins Windham-Campbell prize!
We were excited to receive over 30 manuscripts in response to our call for submissions for our very first course, Writing the Novel. But we only had six spots for Africa-based authors. After several meetings and the help of readers across the continent who volunteered their time and expertise, we were able to narrow down the list. … Continue reading Writing the Novel I: Meet the Participants
Mawazo Africa Writing Institute announces a Call for Submissions for its first writing workshop: Writing the Novel, led by award-winning author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. The aim of the workshop is to provide advanced training and support to African writers who want to complete full-length novel manuscripts (normally of 30,000 words minimum). The workshop will be held online and is a free pilot program.