Writing is our passion!
Announcing an online course in support of aspiring novelists. Bring your novel-in-progress to TA online for assessment, support, feedback and guidance. Enjoy an intensive mentoring relationship with experienced authors, Tsitsi Dangaremba (Nervous Conditions), Beatrice Lamwaka (Anena’s Victory), and Imali Abala (Drum Bits of Terror). REVISED details:
REVISED 2014 CALL FOR A SEVEN MONTH ONLINE NOVEL WRITING WORKSHOP
FOR AFRICAN WRITERS.
Call for submissions: Guidelines
1. Interested writers must be African, living either on or off the continent. This course requires internet access, and will be conducted online.
2. Successful participants will be paired with acclaimed writers, who will assist them in developing their manuscripts into published works: assess strengths and weaknesses of manuscript-in-progress, answer questions, offer guidance, assign and respond to revisions, and advise on steps in seeking publication of works. Transcultural Academy will also offer advice on literary agencies and recommend works to publishers.
3. Please submit an excerpt of your novel (up to 1,000 words), a brief plot summary, a short biographical sketch, and a list of previous publications (if any) as a Word attachment to Transculturalacademy(at)gmail.com. Please include NOVEL SUBMISSION in the title of your email.
4. The revised fee for the entire course is Five Hundred US Dollars (500 USD).
5. The deadline for submissions is September 30th 2014. Submissions will be accepted from August 1st to September 30th 2014. Selection of successful participants will be announced on October 15.
TSITSI DANGAREMBGA is a Zimbabwean novelist, playwright and filmmaker. Born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), she studied in England, Zimbabwe, and Berlin. Her first novel, Nervous Conditions, won the African section of the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1989. Nervous Conditions has been translated into several languages, and has never been out of print, called ‘one of the twelve best African novels ever written.’
An acclaimed filmmaker (Neria, Everyone’s Child), Tsitsi founded the International Images Film Festival for Women (2002). Tsitsi is an international favourite as a knowledgeable speaker, practitioner, and organizer on behalf of literature and the arts of Africa.
Books: She No Longer Weeps, 1987.
Nervous Conditions, 1988; Ayebia Clarke, 2004.
The Book of Not: A Sequel to Nervous Conditions, Ayebia Clarke, 2006.
BEATRICE LAMWAKA is a short story specialist, author of a text book used in Uganda’s schools. Born and raised in Alokolum, Gulu, Uganda, Beatrice is General Secretary of PEN Uganda, executive member of Uganda Reproduction Rights Organisation (URRO), and member/past executive of Uganda Women Writers Association (FEMRITE). Founder/director of Arts Therapy Foundation, providing healing support through creative arts.
Much-anthologized, journalist as well as author, Beatrice was novelist/writer-in-residence at Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center (2013). In 2011 she received Young Achievers Award (Art, Culture and Fashion), the same year she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing for her story “Butterfly Dreams.”
Books: Anena’s Victory, 2003.
IMALI ABALA Dr. Imali J. Abala is a poet, novelist, and professor (composition, literature). Born in Kerongo Village, Vihiga, Kenya, Imali studied at Ohio State University USA. In A Talk about talk: conversational approaches to oral narrative (1992), Imali explored traditional folklore alongside contemporary diasporic narrative. Professor of English at Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, she teaches Freshman Writing, World Literature, African Literature, Literature of American Diversity, and Nineteenth-Century American Literature.
Beyond her books, Imali’s writings appear in African Women in Motion: Gender and the New African Diaspora in the United States and Reflections: An Anthology of New Work by African Women Poets.
Books: Move on, Trufosa, 2006.
The Disinherited, 2007.
The Dilemma of Jahenda the Teenage Mother, 2010.
A Fallen Citadel and Other Poems, 2012.