Getting published or thinking about it? Congratulations – but there’s more. After the writing, the real work begins: marketing! Learn tips and tricks for how to promote your works and brand yourself as an author. Develop an outline of a promotional strategy in this interactive workshop. – With Vered Ehsani & Alexander Nderitu
Interested in publishing that manuscript? Not sure where to start? Join us for a lively discussion about self-publishing, the pros and cons, and how to do it. – With Alexander Nderitu & Vered Ehsani
One of the most essential elements of poetry writing is the process of editing alongside self critique and peer critique. In this workshop we will examine various ways of conceptualizing work as a writer engages the writing process and as a way to gain a critical understanding of one’s own writing. We will then look at a rubric for editing and critiquing that helps the poet reach the aims they set out to achieve in their writing. – With Matthew Shenoda & Ladan Osman
Lots of hard thinking and careful planning on paper, not in the camera, can make all the difference! Learn all aspects of documentary production (pre-production, production, post-production) and story-telling via a streamlined process called “shooting to post” to develop a working “production diagram” or “flow chart” of your film project.
The Deadline for registration for the SLAM (Spoken Word) Contest has been pulled up to 11th July. A Pre-SLAM will be held on 13th July at Words Galore at PAWA254. You can register as a Slammer by calling this number 0720 785 173 or 0736 564 538 by Friday, 11th July 2014 or email email@example.com. Email subject line should read “52nd Slam Application” .
Page poetry is intended for the eye, whereas Spoken Word engages both the eye and the ear. Some poetry that is originally meant for the page is sometimes suitable for use in performance poetry as Spoken Word and vice versa. But the two – page poetry and spoken word – are two sub-genres that each call upon different sets of skills from the creators. “Poetry as an art form predates literacy. In preliterate societies, poetry was frequently employed as a means of recording oral history, storytelling (epic poetry), genealogy, law and other forms of expression or knowledge that modern societies might expect to be handled in prose. In preliterate societies, poetry was composed for, and sometimes during, performance. As such, there was a certain degree of fluidity to the exact wording of poems, given this could change from one performance
Ndiritu Wahome is the author of The Sad Artist and Other Fairy Tales. The Writers’ Blog had a chat with him about his writing and his newly published book. How and when did you start writing? I started writing as a young boy. At age 13, I was already writing poetry, short stories, and long essays. It is strange, perhaps, but I knew at that young age that I certainly wanted to be a writer when I grew up. When I started writing, I drew a lot of inspiration from nature, from the interactions I had with my friends, and the books I read also gave me a kick in the right direction, so to speak. I have to say that English was my favorite subject in school, and I would get very excited about writing compositions. I loved, and
Author Richard Crompton lives in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife and their three young children. A former BBC journalist, Crompton left London several years ago when his wife, a human rights lawyer, was offered a job in Rwanda helping to prosecute the perpetrators of genocide. His debut novel, The Honey Guide, is published in the UK in February 2013, and as Hour of the Red God in the US in April. His second novel Hell’s Gate will be released on May 29, 2014 in the UK and on Amazon Kindle. The Storymoja Writers’ Blog had a little chat with Richard Crompton about his writing life. 1. How and when did you start writing? I have written creatively in some form, since I first learned to write. By the time I was at secondary school, I knew that I wanted to
I started writing as soon as I learned how to write. I was always writing little stories to please my mother, many times, not finishing them. I thought that everyone did that, because my sisters and cousins also wrote stories. I just thought it was a normal thing. My first finished story was a semi autobiography that I started writing as a journal during my pregnancy 14 years ago and which I completed in 2007. It was difficult to write but the people who have read it say it makes them laugh and cry at the same time which is all a writer really wants, isn’t it? My second finished piece of writing was the sequel to my published novel known as Child of Destiny. There is always some sort of story percolating in my head, and this one just
1. How and when did you start writing? I actually started off as a cartoonist. Inspired by the works of Frank Odoi and Paul ‘Maddo’ Kelemba, I had a running comic strip with a main character-detective called Jokie. That explains my nickname – Jokin. I had a stint as a calligrapher in Standard 8 (doing calligraphic envelopes was good money then!) and then I moved to writing in secondary school. I wrote a novel which was stolen in Form 2. Later on, when I joined Kenyatta University, I wrote a short story for a competition and gave it to my lecturer Gachanja Kiai to review. To my surprise, he shared the story in class, saying he has never read such a great story. He was to later introduce me to my first publisher. 2. Tell us about your writing routine?