Sunday Submissions: Free, Online Limited-space Writing Workshop with Jennifer Makumbi

Mawazo Africa Writing Institute announces a Call for Submissions for its first writing workshop: “Writing the Novel,” led by award-winning author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Kintu):

According to organizers, the aim of the workshop “is to provide advanced training and support to African writers who want to complete full-length novel manuscripts (normally of 30,000 words minimum).” The workshop is set to be held online and is a free pilot program.

From the website:

Workshop Description:

The workshop will be held online over three months, from January to March 2018, and will consist of weekly 3-hour group sessions with the facilitator by video conference. Thereafter, participants will be given two months to revise their full drafts, and in June 2018, assigned editors to review the revised manuscripts.

The workshop will be limited to six African writers selected on the basis of their draft manuscript excerpts. The workshop will focus on the discussion and critique of the participants’ writing and the study of craft through the reading and analysis of published novels. The goal is for participants to complete their books by the end of the workshop period.

Submissions are open now, and will close on October 31, 2017, with successful applicants set to be notified on December 15, 2017.

According to the website, the workshop is open to:

  • “Writers based on the African continent (living in an African country) with at least one parent who is a citizen of an African country.
  • “Writers who have not yet published a full-length novel with an established publisher (self-published authors may apply).”

Note: Submissions must be made in English. More, and how to apply, on the website.