Writing the Novel II: Meet the Participants

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

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Africa Writes 2018: I Couldn’t Get Enough

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

Second Writing the Novel workshop with Yewande Omotoso

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

Tutor Jennifer Makumbi wins Windham-Campbell prize!

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!

CLOSED: Call for Submissions: Mawazo Novel Writing I

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.