From the CACEAfrica Director, Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire.
I am writing to you from the Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), a non profit that promotes the role of the arts and culture in African societies, head-quartered in Kampala, Uganda. We are proud of the work that you are doing to promote African arts and culture and look forward to collaborating with you again, in the coming months to promote the Writivism workshops and Short Story Prize 2015.
Some background: Writivism is CACE’s flagship program and aims at promoting emerging African writers. The CACE model is based on equipping writers with skills, through workshops and mentorship and promoting their work through newspaper publication of stories developed in our workshops, publication of an annual anthology, an annual short story prize, public readings, school tours and a mini-festival. Writivism was piloted in 2012/3 in Uganda and is now being scaled up, to cover the whole African continent.
In 2014, we held one day Creative Writing workshops in Abuja, Harare, Kampala, Cape Town and Nairobi. They developed flash fiction stories for publication in several African newspapers and entries to the Writivism short story prize.
This year, we are holding 3-day workshops in Kampala, Dar es Salaam, Gaborone, Johannesburg and Lagos in January 2015. They will be facilitated by established writers like Dilman Dila, Ayeta Wangusa, Zukiswa Wanner, Dami Ajayi and Yewande Omotoso.
We are sending this email blast right now because it is about 2 weeks to the close of the applications (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mu8ovBYmVBOT4awIZb2w-0kFX_Y677ISjdeP6vMn01Q/viewform). Please share it within your networks, or forward it to an emerging writer you know. We would like as many people to have the chance to benefit as possible.
Have YOU applied yet? Parrésia authors Richard Ali and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim have been involved in the workshops since inception. We highly recommend #Writivism