Just before I send you into this week’s reading, I have a call out for all of you. There are certain things that every writer can do… to increase their visibility and open up doors for earning money through writing. I would like all of you to post in the comments section of the post on the blog, the things you think have helped you personally in this endevour.
The entire workshop runs for five Saturdays. It is patterned after graduate school classes in creative writing. Each session is three hours long and completely interactive.
It’s a new dawn for African literature with the introduction of the Baobab Prize, an international literary award that encourages the writing of African stories for young readers (readers aged 8 – 15 years).
Its rather chilly – its July anyway – and there are not that many people on the opening day, maybe due to the fact that it is a weekday. I am sure place will be teeming with humanity today and tomorrow, what with all the hype and publicity that has surrounded the event.
What a joy it was to find that not only did the festival fulfill all my expectations but that all the authors I meet were super encouraging. I left the festival with ideas streaming out of my ears and feeling very positive about the potential of being a writer at this moment of time in Kenya, despite the hurdles.
This was one of the last activities. We opened with a very interesting topic “How does your sexuality change as you grow older?” Very interesting insights from the audience…
Nonetheless, the StoryMoja Hay festival was a rare treat. Different cultures, films, books, stories, drama, IT…what more could we have asked for?