2014 CALL FOR A SEVEN MONTH ONLINE NOVEL WRITING WORKSHOP
FOR AFRICAN WRITERS.
At the Transcultural Academy, we believe that ‘A Nation without books is like a clinic
without medicine’ (Tsitsi Dangarembga 2013). The Academy is premised on ideas to
support Transcultural Literature. The Academy will form the main foci and carry on
activities based on Transculturalism. It is about re-inventing of common culture, based
on the meeting and intermingling of different peoples and cultures. Transculturalism
is also based on the breaking down of barriers and rooted in the pursuit of defined
shared interests. The Academy is running an online course for committed African
novel writers who desire to transform their manuscripts into publishable works.
Call for submissions:
1. Interested writers must be African, living either on or off the continent.
2. Submit a 1,000 word maximum of the novel and a plot summary, including
their bios and any publications as a Word attachment to Transculturalacademy(at)gmail.com
3. The deadline for submissions is September 30th 2014.
4. Selection of successful participants will be announced on October 15.
5. Successful participants will be paired with acclaimed writers, who will develop
their manuscripts into publishable works.
6. Transcultural Academy will also offer advice on literary agencies and
recommend works to publishers.
7. The fee for the entire course is One Thousand Five Hundred US Dollars.
8. Submissions will be accepted from August 1st to September 30th 2014.
PROFILES OF THE MENTORS-
TSITSI DANGAREMBGA –core mentor
Tsitsi Dangarembga is a Zimbabwean author and filmmaker.
Dangarembga was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and spent part of
her childhood in England. She took up psychology at the University of
Zimbabwe while holding down a two-year job as a copywriter at a marketing agency.
This early writing experience gave her an avenue for expression: she wrote numerous
plays, including The Lost of the Soil, and then joined the theatre group
Zambuko. She participated in the production of two plays, Katshaa and Mavambo.
In 1985, Dangarembga published a short story in Sweden called “The Letter”. In
1987, she published the play She Does Not Weep in Harare. At the age of
twenty-five, she had her first taste of success with her novel Nervous Conditions,
which won the African section of the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1989 and is considered
one of the twelve best African novels ever written.
Dangarembga continued her education later in Berlin at the Deutsche Film und Fernseh Akademie,
where she studied film direction and produced several film productions, including a documentary
for German television. She also made the film, Everyone’s Child, shown worldwide including
at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
Dangarembga wrote the story for the film Neria (1993), which became the highest-grossing
film in Zimbabwean history. The protagonist is a widowed woman, whose brother-in-law
abuses traditional customs to control her assets for his own benefit. Neria loses her
material possessions and her child, but gets then help from her female friend (played
by Kubi Indi) against her late husband’s family. The title song is by Oliver Mtukudzi,
who also appears in the film.
In 1996, she directed the film Everyone’s Child. It was the first feature film directed
by a black Zimbabwean woman. The story followed the tragic fates of four siblings,
after their parents die of AIDS. The soundtrack featured songs by Zimbabwe’s most
popular musicians, including Thomas Mapfumo, Leonard Zhakata and Andy Brown.
In 2011, she orated a TEDX talk at Harare called “the question posed by my cat.”
She founded the International Images Film Festival in 2002 in response to the
proliferation of beauty contests at that time, in order to provide diverse
narratives by and about women.
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 (born and raised in Alokolum, Gulu) is a Ugandan writer. She was
shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize for her story “Butterfly Dreams.” She is the
founder and director of Arts Therapy Foundation, a non-profit organisation that
provides psychological and emotional support through creative arts therapies. She is
the General Secretary of PEN Uganda Chapter and Executive member of Uganda
Reproduction Rights Organisation (URRO). She has served on the Executive Board of
Uganda Women Writers Association (FEMRITE), where she has been a member
She used to write for Global Press Institute articles issues that affect women example:
HIV/AIDS, impact of war on women,social justice, among others. Her creative
writing (short stories and her novel) also focus on these issues. In 2009, she was a
writer in residence at Château de Lavingny, Switzerland. In November 2013, She was
a resident working on her novel, Sunflowers, at Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio
Center. She is a recipient of 2011 Young Achievers Award in the category of Art,
Culture and Fashion. She received a grant from HF Guggenheim to research on land
disputes in post conflict northern Uganda. She was shortlisted for the 2011 Caine
Prize for African Writing and finalist for the PEN/Studzinski Literary Award 2009.
IMALI ABALA was born in 1962 in Kerongo Village, Vihiga, Kenya. She studied at
The Ohio State University and is currently a Professor in the Department of English at
Ohio Dominican University. She is the author of Drum Bits of Terror (2014), A
Fallen Citadel, a collection of poetry (2012), The Dilemma of Jahenda, the Teenage
Mother (2010), The Disinherited (2007) and Move on, Trufosa (2006).
Some of her other works have appeared in An Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories
and Poems from East Africa (2014), A Thousand Voices Rising (2014),
Out of the Depths (2014) and Reflections: An Anthology by African Women Poets
(2013), a one-of-akind collection of poetry by contemporary African women poets.