Registration Open for the 2016 Kampala Writers’ Conference

Dates: October 9-15, 2016
Faculty: Kagayi Peter (poetry), Elizabeth Thorpe (nonfiction), and Glaydah Namukasa Bwogi (fiction).
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Registration: Conference application form available here.

Join us for the second-annual Kampala Writers’ Conference, an intensive, week-long gathering for writers.

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The Kampala Writers’ Conference is at the heart of the thriving East Africa literary scene.  With a focus on community and rigorous attention to craft, the Conference offers guided freewrites; morning workshops presented by vital, contemporary writers; afternoon school visits to teach creative-writing workshops to the next generation of writers; and parties, gatherings, and other community events–as well as a lot of downtime for reading, writing, rest, and enjoying all that Kampala has to offer.

Whether you’re new to writing, and seeking an inspirational environment to create new work; looking for advanced workshops; or simply desire to renew and recharge yourself in a writing retreat, the Kampala Writers’ Conference gives you the craft and connections to make breakthroughs in your work, as well as give back to the next generation of writers.

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Registration applications open on 1 March, 2016. All Conference participants stay together on-site. Lunch is provided for all participants each day: each participant is responsible for their own breakfast and supper. Eighteen housing spaces will be free. If you would like housing provided, indicate this on the application form.

SCHEDULE

Sunday, October 9
5-8: Welcome gathering, introductions.

Monday, October 10
8-9 am: Optional freewrite
9-11:30 am: Morning workshops
Noon-1 pm: Shuttle to Pan-African Square
1-2 pm: Lunch; divide into teams for school visits.
2-4 pm: School visits

Tuesday, October 11
8-9 am: Optional freewrite
9-11:30 am: Morning workshops
Noon-1 pm: Shuttle to Pan-African Square
1-2 pm: Lunch; divide into teams for school visits.
2-4 pm: School visits

Wednesday, October 12
8-9 am: Optional freewrite
Afternoon: Visit to the Entebbe Botanical Gardens

Thursday, October 13
8-9 am: Optional freewrite
9-11:30 am: Morning workshops
Noon-1 pm: Shuttle to Pan-African Square
1-2 pm: Lunch; divide into teams for school visits.
2-4 pm: School visits

Friday, October 14
8-9 am: Optional freewrite
9-11:30 am: Morning workshops
Noon-1 pm: Shuttle to Pan-African Square
1-2 pm: Lunch; divide into teams for school visits.
2-4 pm: School visits
6 pm: Celebratory bonfire, farewell gathering, and open-mike for participants in each of the workshops.

Saturday, October 15
Departure

(Apply here.)

FACULTY:

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The Poet and the Society
In this class, we shall discuss the roots and diverse history of spoken word (oral poetry) in various societies, study the oral poetry scene in Uganda (and evaluate its foreign influences), explore the use our real life stories through oral expression (the poet and the society), write poems and have poetry critiquing sessions, and have poetry performance trainings. At the end of the class, all participants shall participate in a spoken-word show set up for a public audience.

Kagayi Peter is a Ugandan, lawyer, teacher, poet, critic. A former grandaunt of the school of law from Makerere University, he is currently is the coordinator of the Anglophone programs at the Centre for African Excellence (CACE,) the organisation which distributes African Literature fiction, runs an African Short Story Award for young writers after taking them through a mentorship program, runs the Writivism Festival, Ubuntu Conversations, African Dialogue of Tongues (ADOT) and the Schools Pre-text Program. His body of works includes poems, short plays and short stories. Also a blogger, he is one of the leading figures of Uganda’s contemporary poetry generation, his poems have been enjoyed by many readers and listeners alike as favourite. He has directed, produced (or performed in) over 15 poetry theater productions at the Uganda National Theater. He is also credited for initiating successful poetry initiatives in a number of secondary schools and mentoring a number of many teenage poets. His works have been published in various on-line magazines, and poetry anthologies. His first poetry collection will be released soon. He now lives in Kampala, where he also runs a tri-weekly poetry night at the Uganda National Theater.

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The Truth on the Page
How do we tell the truth? This creative nonfiction class will help us to answer that question, and others: should we/can we tell this story? Is this the best time? Do we have a choice? What should be implied, or left unsaid? Through writing exercises focusing on detail, setting, and structure, we will hold our work before the mirror of the class. We will know where we are, and see the road ahead. By the end of the week, you will have written and shared several new pieces, with ideas about how to revise them to completion and send them out into the world.

Elizabeth Thorpe‘s short fiction collection, Cities, will be published in Spring 2016 by Texture Press. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Per Contra, escarp, Kahini, Painted Bride Quarterly, and The Maine Review, among others. She teaches writing at Drexel University and in the University of the Arts Pre-College program. She earned an MFA in Fiction from Goddard College, and is a photographer, concert reviewer, and literary editor for freelance clients, the website Brookladelphia, the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, and the magazine Press 1. She lives in Philadelphia.

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Glaydah Namukasa Bwogi is a writer and midwife. She is the author of two novels, Voice of a Dream and Deadly Ambition. She is a member of FEMRITE, the Ugandan Women Writer’s Association. She was one of the 39 African writers announced as part of the Africa39 project unveiled by Rainbow, Hay Festival and Bloomsbury Publishing at the London Book Fair 2014, a list of 39 of sub-saharan Africa’s most promising writers under the age of 40.

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