Kgebetli Moele

Kgebetli Moele wrote the most awesome Room 207 Photo/Bookslive.co.za

You want be having dinners in your honour, mad change being tossed at you as you travel world capitals and all bow in your way? Creative writing might not be the best route for fame and fortune as we all know seeing as writing isn’t the most glamorous of jobs especially in this part of the world.

If you however insist on being a writer then I have a couple of opportunities for you. One of the better opportunities comes from South Africa’s Rhodes University which is currently accepting full time applications in an MA in Creative Writing for 2015 with the deadline date of 30 October 2014.

Some the teachers you will encounter will be Lesego Rampolokeng, Joan Metelerkamp, Mxolisi Nyezwa, Kgebetli Moele, Paul Wessels, Anton Krueger, Ingrid Winterbach, Rian Malan, Eben Venter, Vonani Bila, Stacy Hardy and Robert Berold. These lads and lasses are practicing writers.

To take part in this program you want to visit www.ru.ac.za/isea/maincreativewriting for more information and application forms.

Dilman Dila Photo/Wikipedia

Dilman Dila Photo/Wikipedia

If you are not up to going to South Africa another option is the recently announced Writivism 2015 workshops aim at identifying emerging African writers. Announced at the Storymoja Festival 2014 on Sunday they will be held in various dates in January 2015 in five different African cities. The three-day non-residential workshops are planned for Lagos, Gaborone, Kampala, Dar Es Salaam and Johannesburg. Applicants will attend workshops in the cities closest to their residence.
Dami Ajayi, (Lagos), Dilman Dila, (Kampala), Yewande Omotoso (Johannesburg), Donald Molosi (Gaborone) and Zukiswa Wanner (Dar es Salaam) and Ayeta Anne Wangusa alongside other writers. For all the details you want to visit the official Writivism website here though most basic guidelines that one must be a resident of the African continent and not have been published before. That’s a lot of you. Deadline for submission is 31st October 2014.

If you are selected among the 25 longlistees your name will be announced at the Ake Festival next month so you want to hurry hurry while stocks last.