Ella Allfrey.

Ella Allfrey.

Not everyone can write fiction. That’s not really a bad thing if you think about it as there are other forms of expressing yourself in the written word like memoir, literary reportage, essays et al. For those who want to get into that part of the writing game then the Commonwealth Short Story Prize cats have a something just for you.

They will be hosting a workshop to explore different ways to approach creative non-fiction led by the Chair of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and former deputy editor of Granta, Ellah Allfrey. This workshop will be hosted in Kampala, Uganda from 9th -13th June and writers from Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, living and working in East Africa, are eligible to apply. There will be two places allocated per country.

To be considered, please apply to writers@commonwealth.int by Friday 28 February. You must include the following, otherwise your application won’t be considered:

1. A submission of 2,000-5,000 words of a creative non-fiction piece in English (eg life writing, memoir, literary reportage, essay). The sample may be published or unpublished.

– Attach your story as a Word or PDF document, formatted in 12 point font, with double-line spacing
– Each page must be numbered
– Each page must feature a header showing your name and the title of the piece

2. Name, age, nationality and gender.
3. Postal address, email address and contact telephone number
4. A paragraph about yourself (giving your writing history, and saying something about any other occupations, eg what you do for a living, family life, interests, etc)
5. Three lines about what you hope to gain from this workshop if successful.
Commonwealth Writers will let you know whether or not you’ve been selected to take part in the workshop by 21 March 2014.

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