The African Writers’ Group

Very short fictions are nearly always experimental, exquisitely calibrated, reminiscent of Frost’s definition of a poem—a structure of words that consumes itself as it unfolds, like ice melting on a stove. ~Joyce Carol Oates

Date: Live session Tuesday, May 17, from 7 pm to 8 pm, PDT. Find your time zone. The session will also be recorded, and sent to you via email, to enjoy whenever you want.
Location: Online via Zoom seminars
Faculty:
Wairimu Mwangi, Ssekandi Ronald Ssegujja, & Jordan Hartt
Registration:
 $25 usd: register securely online via Stripe.

The Program

The short-short story is the hardest to write, but the easiest to publish. ~Melissa Febos

Open to everyone: join the African Writers’ Group on Tuesday, May 17, and write a 100-word short-short story based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story “Imitation,” using African creative-writing techniques to write a new story of our own: set anywhere on the globe.

We’ll spend a half-hour discussing the story, and a half-hour using its techniques to do some writing of our own!

You’ll leave the hour with new understandings and love for African literature, with new literary connections–and with a brand new short-short story written and ready for advanced revision or submissions to magazines for publication.

Facilitators

wairimuWairimu Mwangi is the founder of the Literature Africa Foundation. Her educational textbooks are used in schools across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Ghana. Wairimu is passionate about quality education for all and believes that without books or material to read, literacy suffers–and when literacy suffers, opportunities decline. She enjoys mentoring youth, storytelling, travelling, reading and meditating.

srsSsekandi Ssegujja Ronald is the director of Writing Our World, a Ugandan NGO that uses writing, debating, and spoken-word to empower young East Africans. His short story “Walls and Borders” won the 2014 Writivism Short-Story Prize for Eastern Africa. He also recites poetry and has performed spoken-word in Kampala, Kigali, and Hamburg.

 

Jordan Hartt is the author of three collections of short works: “Leap” (2015); “Drifting,” (2018); and “Paradise,” (2021); all from Tebot Bach Press. Hartt’s lifework is creating experiences where people find the writing craft to reach for their best artistic and human selves, find the writing community to connect with others, and find the ongoing inspiration of the writing life. To do this, he hosts five annual writing retreats: two in Po’ipu, Kaua’i; one in Lahaina, Maui; and two in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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