The facilitators who will be running the 2016 writing workshops in cities around the continent have been announced. They will be Yewande Omotoso, Edwige-Renee Dro, Richard Ali Mutu, Sitawa Namwalie and Mamadou Diallo.

We have covered Yewande Omotoso a lot on this blog; she has been very active in the writing thing for the last couple of years. The writer with one book and a book deal for her newest one will lead the Accra (English – Nonfiction) workshop that is open to applicants resident on the African continent and the Caribbean. If you wish to take part in that workshop that will be happening on 6-8 March 2016 then you want to apply here.

Edwige-Renee Dro in a Ivorian writer who we met and all loved at the Writivism Festival 2015 in Kampala, Uganda earlier this year. Edwige, a laureate of the Africa39 project, has short stories published on platforms like African Writers and in magazines like Prufrock, Prima, Ankara Press Valentine’s Day anthology. She will be llead the workshop for Fiction in French in Abidjan from 22-24 January 2016. That’s right lads and lasses, its not only English that opportunities abound in the Writing thing. If you live on the continent then you want to make an application here.

Congolese writer Richard Ali Mutu also known as “the real Richard Ali” is the founder and the president of the Association of Young Congolese Writers (AJECO), a TV presenter on literature and a copywriter consultant. The Africa39 laureate, that Africa39 thing is gold I tell you, will be hosting the workshop in Goma, DR Congo for Fiction, in French. Yep French. To apply for that one which runs from 8-10 January, only people living on the continent need apply mind, please apply here.

Sitawa Namwalie is the Kenyan poet, writer and performer who created the highly acclaimed poetry collection and theater production ‘Cut Off My Tongue’. Homecoming (2011) her second show of dramatised poetry was performed in Nairobi to rave reviews. She is now working on her second poetry anthology and has a new performance called “Silence is a Woman”. Sitawa will be running a workshop covering Poetry (both written and performed) in English and is open to applicants resident on the African continent.

Mamadou Diallo
Mamadou Diallo

Mamadou Diallo is a Senegalese writer and publisher who founded the cultural and literary magazine RECIDIVE. He has been living in Dakar for the last four years and has written extensively on the local emerging creative scene, and has been published in Jeune Afrique, among other media outlets. He will be running a workshop in Dakar, Senegal on 15-17 January 2016 that will explore fiction and non fiction in French and is open to applicants resident on the African continent. Apply here.

Sounds good? Well then you have only 36 hours to apply for your chance to go for these workshops. Those who qualified will be informed by Writivism board member Zukiswa Wanner during the Ake Festival. Don’t you weren’t warned.